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Top 10 Things to Do at Night in Shanghai

Saturday, November 20th, 2021
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Plan your Shanghai night tour?  Shanghai has the most colorful night life in China, but if you have ever participated, you may feel it is probably one of the most sppendid night hangout places in the world!

It offers visitors a great variety of events and activities – extravagant dinners, exotic night snacks, breathtaking shows, romantic bars, lighted streets and futuristic buildings…

1. Walk along the Bund at night

Walking along the river on the promenade and enjoying the sights of the brightly lit street scenes are very enjoyable. Buildings in the Bund are the combination of all kinds of architecture styles.

From the Bund it is a great view of the Pudong Area including Orient Pearl TV Tower, Jin Mao Building, and Shanghai International Convention Center, Shanghai Tower and more trendy skyscrapers.

Check out the following articles for more information:
The Bund at Night pictures
How to Visit the Bund in Shanghai
Evening View of the Bund and Pudong Skyline Shanghai
Huangpu River Cruise Ticket Booking
How to Visit Lujiazui in Pudong

The Night View of the Bund

Many restaurants built along the river with a good entire view of the Bund. So eating along the Bund at night is also a joyful thing. How to get there: take Buses No. 868, 921, 37, 55, 33, 123(which travels part of its normal route)…

2. Bird’s-eye view Shanghai from Jin Mao Tower

The Jin Mao Tower is located next to Oriental Pearl Tower and Shanghai World Financial Center in the Lujiazui area of the Pudong district in Shanghai. It is composed of offices and the Shanghai Grand Hyatt Hotel. It is one of the centerpieces of the Pudong skyline.

Check out How to visit Jin Mao Tower, Jin Mao Tower in Shanghai for more information.

Panoramic View of Shanghai from Jin Mao Tower

No Shanghai tour is complete without ascending the 88-floor building, having a panoramic view of Huangpu River, the Bund and the city of Shanghai.

3. Wandering along Nanjing Road


Nanjing Road is a walking street that is always packed with people waching people. It is regarded as the first commercial road in Shanghai.

Check out Tips for Visiting Nanjing Road in Shanghai for more information.

Nanjing Road at night

The 5.5-km long Nanjing Road is the most bustling and prosperous street in Shanghai. It was first built in 1851. Now Nanjing Road has turned into the number one site for shopping in the city.

Bus Routes: East Nanjing Road: 37, 65, 66, 108, 123, 135, 220, 251, 305, 306, 307, 314, 317, 330, 868, 910, 928, 929, 940, Tourist Bus Line 8 or Subway Line 2 and get off at East Nanjing Rd. Station.

West Nanjing Road: 36, 57, 76, 128, 148, 206, 304, 323, 451, 738 or Subway Line 2 and get off at West Nanjing Road Station.

4. Cruise on Huangpu River

A Huangpu River Cruise at night is probably the best place to witness the pulse and dynamism of Shanghai. Huangpu River is very quiet during night. Cruising Huangpu River can have a better view of both Lujiazui and the Bund. When the lights are all on, it is gorgeous.

Check Huangpu River Cruise Ticket Booking (buying tickets on site) and Shanghai Huangpu River & Cruising for more information.

Cruising on Huangpu River at night

Cruising river at night is mysterious and a perfect harvest. Not only the fascinating Bund and Lujiazui but also other attractions are long the river. From Yangpu Bridge to Nanpu Bridge and Lupu Bridge every scene is impressive.
Add: Jinling Dong Lu, the Bund, Shanghai

5. Yuyuan Market at Night

Outside the Yu Garden, Yuyuan Market is a crowded, bustling and touristy market with different snacks and trinkets. A slow pace in the Yuyuan the ancient style garden area at night is the one of the most popular choices.

Check out the following two articles for more information:
How to visit How to Visit Yuyuan Garden and Bazaar
The Old World Charm in Shanghai

Yuyuan Market, Yuyuan Garden and the Old Town Temple are the major parts in this area at night. The night Yuyuan is folk-customized paradise, is an ancient teller, is a dreamland inside people’s heart.

How to get there: take Buses No. 11, 126, 926, 66…

6. Hang out at Night at Hengshan Road Bar Street

Hengshan Road is one of the oldest drinking spots in Shanghai, near to the more modern Xujiahui. Walking on Hengshan Road at night or enjoy yourself in the Bars is a good way to relax. Hengshan Road is only 2-kilometer long, but there are many relaxed Western-type bars which offer all the favorite tipples from home and show live sports, from football to rugby to baseball.

There are many buildings of European-style architecture of the 1920’s and 1930’s on the both sides of Hengshan Road.

Add: Hengshan Road, Shanghai

Hengshan Road Bar Street
Hengshan Road Bar Street

7. Have a sip at Xintiandi in Shanghai


Xintiandi is most famous for its nightlife when the Western style bars open their doors for business. It has a more active nightlife than Hengshan Road and it is busy in both weekdays and weekends.

Whenever the dark falls down, Xintiandi will be bright and all the lights will start to work. Xintiandi Bar Street is a collection of public house in European style.

Check out How to Visit Xintiandi for more information.

Xintiandi at night

No doubt every westerner that comes to Shanghai will pay at least one visit here, if not more. All these bring people back to the 1920s and 1930s of this city.

Add: 181 Lane, Taicang Road, 123 Lane, Xingye Road, Shanghai How to get there: buses No. 146, 109, 923, or Tunnel 8.

8. Rewind at Tianzifang Street

Tianzifang is an artsy area that has developed from a renovated residential area (old Shanghai shikumen buildings) in the former French Concession area of Shanghai. Now it houses bars, cafes, crafts shops, design studios, galleries and boutiques.

Many local residents still live in the narrow lanes. Just be mindful and respect their privacy.

Check out How to Visit Tianzifang for more information.

How to get there Public Bus:
Bus 24, Bus 96 (from West Jianguo Road); Bus 17, 41, 146 and 786 (from South Shaanxi Road); Bus 869, 968, 932, 786,933 and 36 (from South Chongqing Rod)
Metro: Take Metro Line 9 and get off at Dapuqiao and exit from Exit

Tianzifang Street
Tianzifang Street

9. Watch Shanghai Yue Opera

Yue Opera is one of Chinese major local operas founded around 1906. It is widely welcomed in Zhejiang province, Shanghai, Jiangsu province, Anhui province and other places. Yue Opera is generally considered to be an elegant opera. To enjoy the charm of orient, Yue Opera is a good choice for you. Its voice, its garments, its gestures, and the music background are strongly featured of Chinese profile.

Shanghai Yue Ju (Yue Opera) Theater
Add: No.16, 10th Lane, Fuxing West Road, Shanghai

10. Enjoy Shanghai Acrobatics

Chinese Acrobatics is one of the oldest performing arts in China. It started from Warring States Period. The Acrobatics at Shanghai are not to be missed. They are held each night and last for about 2 hours.

There are two famous Shanghai Acrobatic Theatres. Varieties of exciting programs with countless near-impossible feats of flexibility, strength, endurance, and sheer will-power are performed on stage that will leave you completely astounded.

Shanghai Acrobatics ( Photo from Internet)

Shanghai Center Theatre
Add: No. 1376 Nanjing Road (W), Shanghai
Opening Hours: 09:30-22:30 Tel: 021-62798600

Shanghai Circus World
Add: 2266 Gonghe Xinlu, Baoshan District
Shanghai Tel: 021-66300000

Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Shanghai:

Shanghai Tour
Shanghai Day Tour
Shanghai Multi-Day Tour
Shanghai Evening Tour
Shanghai Cruise Port ( Transfer& Excursions )
Shanghai Beijing Tour
Shanghai Xian Tour
Shanghai Car Rental with Driver

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Shanghai
Shanghai’s Top 10 Iconic Landmarks
Top 10 Markets in Shanghai
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do at night in Shanghai
Best Places for Autumn Leaves in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do in Winter in Shanghai
Top 10 Souvenirs in Shanghai
Top 10 Photo Spots in Shanghai
10 Non-Touristy Things to Do in Shanghai

Any questions, just drop a line.

Tips for Visiting Nanjing Road in Shanghai

Saturday, November 6th, 2021
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Champs-élysées to Paris and Oxford street in London are what Nanjing Road to Shanghai. Nanjing Road, billed as “China’s First Commercial Street”, is the most well known shopping and leisure street in Shanghai. The east-west Nanjing Road is generally sectioned into  Nanjing East Road and Nanjing West Road. Nanjing East Road is now a traffic-free street, leading up to the Bund on its east.

For a first-time visitor to  Shanghai, a leisure stroll along the 1-km pedestrian only street and ending at the Bund is an interesting experience,  people watching, shopping,  drinking and eating.


1. How to get there

With Metro Line 1, Champs-élysées is linked to Concorde Square while Nanjing Road is connected to Shanghai People’s Square by Metro Line 1, 2 and 8.  So Shanghai People’s Square is a metro hub easily accessible from all corners of Shanghai.

East Nanjing Road

Of all the 20 exits, you may ext from Exit 7 or 19 for a nice walk from people’s square to the Bund passing through Nanjing Road. Alternatively, you can take the subway line 2 and get off at the Station of East Nanjing Road and exit 1 or 4 for the walk along the shopping street.

2. Wear Comfortable Shoes for a one-hour Walk

Be prepared to do a lot of walking with your casual shoes, especially you are going to walk from People’s Square to the Bund, a nice one hour walk.

3. Lots of Shops but no Bargaining

Any brand you can think of,  Forever 21, H&M, Swatch, Gap, Marks, Old Navy, and Spense and the list is much longer. Suggest you first wisely window shop for sometime untill you strike an idea of what to shop.

Shopping at Nanjing Road
Shopping at Nanjing Road

There a full spectrum of stores here ranging from high fashion and technology to small souvenir shops. You can shop for the cheapest of things and the expensive branded items alike.

4. Dining and Drinking

East Nanjing Road is not just for window shopping and big buyers, but also a leisure place to rewind yourself. There are several side streets offering coffee shops,  local food, you may take a break and relax.

These side streets gives you a different vibe, as if you were in a different city. It is worth your adventure where the locals eat.

5.Night walk along Nanjing Road

A night stroll along the pedestrian street is much more impressing, and you are rewarded with its sparkling and eye-popping neon lights.

Night walk along Nanjing Road

Come here at night and see the amazing old buildings all lit up. It’s  like the Times Square in New York. You get a glimpse of all the LEDs on the buildings, creative and attractive.

6. Small Shuttle Trams

If you don’t have strong legs, you may take the little trams going up and down along the street,  5 RMB.  The train is slow, also a good opportunity for photography.

Trams on East nanjing Road
Trams on East nanjing Road

7. Beware of the Street Touts

You may be pestered by some persistent people trying to sell you things from tours to goods. Just ignore them! Avoid striking a conversation with an approaching student who may sell you an art piece in the name of practising English with you.

8. Beware of Sex/Massage Offers

Also beware of all the sex/massage offers on the street. They are all scams. Just say no and keep moving.

9. Beware of Pickpockets.

Though there is quite some police patrolling, you still need to take care of your belongings due to the in huge crowds .

10. A Combo of People’ Square, Nanjing Road and the Bund

The Nanjing East road stretches from the People’s Square to close to the Bund, so it is worthwhile to consider combining visiting these three places.

Add-on

How to Visit the Bund in Shanghai
Evening View of the Bund and Pudong Skyline Shanghai
Huangpu River Cruise Ticket Booking
How to Visit Lujiazui in Pudong


Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Shanghai:

Shanghai Tour
Shanghai Day Tour
Shanghai Multi-Day Tour
Shanghai Evening Tour
Shanghai Cruise Port ( Transfer& Excursions )
Shanghai Beijing Tour
Shanghai Xian Tour
Shanghai Car Rental with Driver

Further Readings


Top 10 Attraction in Shanghai
Shanghai’s Top 10 Iconic Landmarks
Top 10 Markets in Shanghai
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do at night in Shanghai
Best Places for Autumn Leaves in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do in Winter in Shanghai
Top 10 Souvenirs in Shanghai
Top 10 Photo Spots in Shanghai
10 Non-Touristy Things to Do in Shanghai

Any questions, just drop a line.

Best Places to See Autumn Leaves in Shanghai (Tips, Photos & Map)

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021
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Plan your Shanghai tour in autumn? If you are an enthusiastic autumn leaf peeper,  you won’t be disappointed by the seemingly concrete dominated metropolitan city of Shanghai. But the autumn leaf peeping time is relatively short in Shanghai. The best time  to see maple and ginkgo autumn  leaves start late November through mid-December.

Shanghai Major Destination Map for Peeping Autumn Leaves ( Google)

If you happen to visit Shanghai around late November and mid December,  you may recharge yourself  by going to some places aflame with red and yellow leaves. Shanghai’s autumn color can be found on the streets, in the parks and in the suburbs. Now we are going to reveal the top places to view the fall foliage in and around Shanghai.

1. Guqi Garden (Guqiyuan Garden) 古猗园

Guqi Garden is located in Nanxiang Ancient Town, about 22 km to the northwest of Shanghai People’s Square. It is one of the most mesmerizing classical gardens in Shanghai. It can be easily reached by taking subway line 11, getting off at the station of Nanxiang (exit from Exit 2).

Quqi Garden is an Ming-era garden originally built by  an officer in the Ming dynasty. It has been rebuilt and expanded for a number of times.  Now it features a varied landscape of gardens, tea houses and corridors all surrounding a central stretch of lily pad-laden water. There are over two dozens of ginkgo and maple trees which turn yellow in late November and Mid-December, very photogenic with much photo opportunities.

Add: Nanxiang Ancient Town (南翔古镇), Jiading District, Shanghai
Transport: Taking subway line 11, getting off at the station of Nanxiang (exit from Exit 2).
Entrance Fee: RMB 12

Fall Foliage at Guqi Garden
Fall Foliage at Guqi Garden

2. Shanghai Botanical Garden 上海植物园

With the most species of plants in Shanghai, Shanghai Botanical Garden is definitely an idea place to comfort your eyes with the dazzling yellow and red colors in autumn. The large botanical garden covers  81 hectares, divided into spacious sectors specializing in magnolias, peonies, maples, azaleas, roses, Osmanthus, ferns, bamboo,  conifers and more.

With the coming of late November,  a cluster of trees change their colors such as ginkgo, Chinese tallow trees,  trident maple, callery pear, and spindle trees. Some trees change their colors much late, around the late December like gum trees, Chinese pistache, pond cypress and metasequoia.

Add: No.1111, Longwu Road, Xuhui  District, Shanghai 上海市 徐汇区龙吴路1111号
Transport: Take subway 3 and get off at the station of Shilong Road ( 石龙路), near the Gate 4 of the Botanical Garden.
Entrance Fee: RMB 15

Fall Foliage at Shanghai Botanical Garden
Fall Foliage at Shanghai Botanical Garden

3. Shanghai Gongqing National Forest Park 上海共青国家森林公园

Gongqing Forest Park is located Yangpu District, in the northeast of Shanghai’s city center, about 18 km to the northeast of Shanghai People’s Square. You may take subway line 8 and get off at the station of  Shiguang Road, then walk for 1 km to reach the park.

As a forest park, Gongqing Forest Park comprises  over 200 species of trees, totalling  over 300,000. The park is divided into two parts – north part featuring forest landscape while south part boasting small bridges and winding rivers, displaying the scenery of Southern China.

In the northeast of the park, there is an island with an area of 25,000 square meters. On the island are planted with maple, Ginkgo, Chinese tallow trees,  trident maple, callery pear, and spindle trees and more. When autumns, the island is afire with colorful autumn leaves.

Add: No.2000, Jungong Road, Yangpu District, Shanghai 上海军工路2000号
Transport: Take subway line 8 and get off at the station of  Shiguang Road, then walk for 1 km to reach the park.
Entrance Fee: RMB 15

Autumn Color at Shanghai Gongqing National Forest Park
Autumn Color at Shanghai Gongqing National Forest Park

4. Shanghai Binjiang Forest Park 上海滨江森林公园

Shanghai Binjiang Forest Park is located in Gaoqiao town, the northern tip of Pudong District, the largest suburb forest park nearest to Shanghai downtown, about 23 km to the northeast of Shanghai People’s Square. . There are  over 200,000 plants of arbors and bushes.

The park is divided into several area for sightseeing and visit – Rhododendron Garden, Magnolia Garden, wetland plant area, fruit area, azalea area, Yangtze River Viewing area and more. Roads are lined with spruce trees. The No.1 Wind and Rain Pavilion is ringed with maple trees. In the azalea garden, all kind of colors produce a magnificent palette when fall is in.

Visiting Time: suggested 4 Hours
Entrance Fee:  RMB 20
Location: Gaoqiao town, the northern tip of Pudong District  上海市浦东新区高桥镇
Opening Hours: 8:00 – 16:30
Tel: 021-58644791
How to Get There
Take bus Waigaoqiao No.01 and get off at Binjiang Park  外高桥1路 到【滨江公园】站下

Fall colors at Shanghai Binjiang Forest Park
Fall colors at Shanghai Binjiang Forest Park

5. Ginkgo Trees at Shanghai Concert Hall 上海音乐厅银杏林

Even in the city center of Shanghai, you can find a good place to see autumn leaves. One street, a row of trees can be a mini-landscape of autumn.

By the side of Shanghai Concert Hall, there are two rows of ginkgo trees that bounce off spectacular yellow colors when autumn comes. They look magnificent with a backdrop of the classical building of Shanghai Concert Hall, oft lauded as a perfect spot for wedding photos.

Add: No. 523, Yan’an East Road,  Shanghai 延安东路523号
Transport: Take Bus 451,782,783 and get off at Xizang South Road and Ninghai East Road 西藏南路宁海东路站下
Entrance Fee: Free

Ginkgo Trees at Shanghai Concert Hall
Ginkgo Trees at Shanghai Concert Hall

6. Ginkgo Trees along Dagu Road 大沽路银杏树

are lined with ginkgo trees along the sideways and bike lanes.  When fall comes in, the sideways and the narrow bike lanes are covered with yellow leaves on the ground against the high office buildings,  an intriguing atmosphere.

 Ginkgo trees at Dalu Road in Shanghai
Ginkgo trees at Dalu Road in Shanghai

In fact, strolling along Dagu Road, Shimen Road and Weihai Road, people will find myriad ginkgo trees.

Location: Dagu Road and Shimen Road, Shanghai  上海大沽路
How to Get There
Walk from People’s Square to Dagu Road ( 2 km)

7. Ginkgo Trees at Siping Road 四平路银杏树

Starting  from the Wujiao Square,  two rows of ginkgo trees flank Siping Road, posting a gorgeous fall foliage when autumn comes, an idea place for an autumn stroll.

Location: Siping Road, Hongkou District, Shanghai  上海四平路
How to Get There
Take subway line 8 from the station of People’s square and get off at the station of Siping.

Ginkgo Trees at Siping Road
Ginkgo Trees at Siping Road

8. Old Ginkgo Trees at Jiading 嘉定银杏古树

Jiading is a district of Shanghai, about 37 km to the northwest of Shanghai People’s Square. In Jiading District, there is a park named “Ginkgo Park”. The Ginkgo Park is a Jiangnan style landscaping that mainly surrounds the 10 old ginkgo trees.

The 10 old ginkgo trees are clustered in a small forest.  The average age of the ginkgo trees are around 200 years with a height from 19.3 m to 20.4 m. The ginkgo trees covers an area of 600 square meters. The late autumn finds the Ginkgo Park a wonderland of yellow colors, radiating out marvelous autumn view.

Old Ginkgo Trees at Jiading
Old Ginkgo Trees at Jiading

9.Dianshan Lake  淀山湖

Dianshan is a freshwater lake west of Zhujiajiao, Qingpu, in the Shanghai, about 60 km to the west of Shanghai People’s Square.  Dianshan Lake covers an area of 63 square km, 2 meters deep, connecting Huang Pu River and Wusong River,  rich in freshwater husbandry.

Dianshan Lake is the largest wetland in Shanghai, a mesmerizing tourist destination.  Poplar trees ring the banks of Dianshan Lake and maple trees flank the main roads passing through Dianshan Lake,  presenting a wonderful picture of autumn landscape.

Autumn Scenery at Dianshan Lake
Autumn Scenery at Dianshan Lake

Hassle-free Shanghai Guided Tours

If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself bus route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Shanghai:

Shanghai Tour
Shanghai Day Tour
Shanghai Multi-Day Tour
Shanghai Evening Tour
Shanghai Cruise Port ( Transfer& Excursions )
Shanghai Beijing Tour
Shanghai Xian Tour
Shanghai Car Rental with Driver

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Shanghai
Shanghai’s Top 10 Iconic Landmarks
Top 10 Markets in Shanghai
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do at night in Shanghai
Best Places for Autumn Leaves in Shanghai
Top 10 Things to Do in Winter in Shanghai
Top 10 Souvenirs in Shanghai
Top 10 Photo Spots in Shanghai
10 Non-Touristy Things to Do in Shanghai

Any questions, just drop a line.