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Top Things to Do in Winter in Shanghai

Monday, October 18th, 2021
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Plan your Shanghai tour in winter? Shanghai’s coldest months fall on December (average lowest: 3℃ and highest: 11℃), January (average lowest: 1℃ and highest: 8℃) and February (average lowest: 2℃ and highest: 9℃).

Periodically the northern gale will sweep across Shanghai accompanied by a sudden and short drop of temperature ( -5℃ lowest). With the consistent cold air from the north and the wet and warm currents from the southwest, Shanghai tends to be in the period of low temperature and lack of sunshine, featuring cold and damp.

Though winter is not the best season to visit Shanghai in terms of weather, it doesn’t make much difference to visit Shanghai in winter from other seasons due to its static city landscapes. Shanghai winter tour has its own advantage – less crowded, big discounts for admission fees, hotels and flights.

Festival activities during Christmas, New Year and Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) add much colors to the cold and wet Shanghai. If you are going to visit Shanghai in winter, we’d like to reveal you the top attractions to visit in winter in Shanghai.

1.  Exploring Shanghai by Hop On/Hop Off Bus

Hop on and hop off bus our is a quick and easy way to get around Shanghai. The open top deck city sightseeing bus tours are designed to give you a glimpse of Shanghai’s culture and city landscape. The loop trips take you around the major attractions in Shanghai. If you are a newcomer to Shanghai, it is advisable to take a loop Shanghai Bus Tour.

Currently Spring Tour Bus offers the loop lines daily bus tours. Many local Chinese choose Spring tour bus  with the cheaper option with a ticket costing just  RMB 30 ( 24 hour); RMB 50 (48 hours).

The Spring Tour city sightseeing bus follows two major  routes: the Red Line, which goes through Puxi, and the shorter Green Line route in Pudong. Both bus lines begins their routes in front of the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre in People’s Square.

The red line passes the Shanghai Museum and turns toward West Nanjing Road with several stops along the Bund, Yuyuan GardenXintiandi, then back to Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre, a loop ride.

The 24 hour ticket is valid for one person (with the option of an accompanying child under 1.4 metres in height), and includes one pair of earphones.

The GPS-triggered audio tour comes with 8 language options: Chinese, English, Korean, French, Spanish, German, Russian and Japanese.

If you prefer door-to-door Shanghai bus tour with an English-speaking tour guide on board, please check out Shanghai bus tour for more travel information.

Shanghai Hop On Hop Off Bus
Shanghai Hop On Hop Off Bus

2. Ascending the one of the Iconic Tall Landmarks in Shanghai

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

The 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.

The 88th floor is home to the Skywalk, a 1,520 m2 indoor observation deck with a capacity of over 1,000 people. It offers the panoramic views of Shanghai as well as a topside view below of the atrium of Shanghai Grand Hyatt Hotel inside Jin Mao Tower( occupying the floors from 53 to 87).

The 88-storey observation deck is open from 8:30am to 10:00pm. It’s better to have the tower tour on a bright clear day or one a fine evening. You will enjoy different views visiting Jin Mao Tower in the daytime or in the evening.  Check out How to visit Jin Mao Tower for more travel information.

Viewed from Jin Mao Tower in the evening
Viewed from Jin Mao Tower in the evening

Shanghai World Financial Center
The Shanghai World Financial Center is the second highest building in mainland China with a total height of 492 m (1,614 ft). The skyscraper is located in the Pudong district, an essential structure on the spectacular Pudong Skyline. It was designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox. The tower’s foundation stone was laid on 27 August 1997 and it was declared complete on 17 July 2008.

Shanghai Tower
The Shanghai Tower is a megatall skyscraper in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai. It is designed by Gensler and owned by a consortium of Chinese state-owned companies. It is the tallest building in China accompanied by the other three supertall buildings in Pudong – the Jin Mao Tower, the Shanghai World Financial Center and Oriental Pearl TV Tower. The megatall structure is 632 metres high with128 stories.

3. Yu Yuan Garden and Bazaar Shanghai

If you are not a history buff, these two connected places till remain interesting. This area is the old core city from which the metropolitan has been developed.

Yuyuan Garden was first built as a private garden created by Pan Yunduan in Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). He used almost 20 years and all of his savings to build a garden in trying to please his parents in their high ages.

Yu Yuan Garden and Bazaar Shanghai

Next to the gardens is Shanghai’s bazaar, the former old downtown area, now with a great number of small streets and lanes where vendors sell their products and food stuffs to the tourists and local people.

This is a typically  “Chinese” area you can’t afford to miss. Check out Yu Yuan Garden and Bazaar Shanghai for more information.

4. Cruise Huangpu River

Sail along the Huangpu River, view the skyline of Pudong (modern high rises ), take the awesome sight of the Bund (colonial buidlings)… These are just a few things you will do on your cruise.  Check out Huangpu River Cruise for more information.

There are several ways to tour the Huangpu River. If you have time, a 3-hour (60km) voyage along the Huangpu to the mouth of the Yangzi River and back allows for the most leisurely and complete appreciation of the river.

There are also shorter river cruises (1 hour) that tours the main waterfront area between the two suspension bridges, Yangpu Qiao in the north and Nanpu Qiao in the south.  At present, 19 cruise boats of different sizes are available cruising on Huangpu River. The largest cruise ship (Huangpu River Cruise No.01) holds as many as one thousand passengers witht he smallest boat carrying 80 people.

The cruise pier is located on Shiliupu Wharf, just south of the Bund,  No.171, Zhongshan Nan Lu, Shanghai. The embarking dock is Gate 3, Shiliupu Wharf Tourism Center. There are two embarking areas along the long Shiliupu Wharf. Either areas are all right as long as you come the right dock for your boating.

Huangpu River cruise in the evening

Take the subway line 2 and get off at Nanjing Dongl Lu (Nanjing East Road), then walk along the Bund to the Shiliupu Wharf.  If you have a hop on and hop off ticket, you can easily get to the wharf since the double-deck bus route has a stop at Shiliupu Wharf.

5.  Shop and Dine at Tianzifang Street 

Tianzifang should be included on your Shanghai winter travel plan.  Tianzifang is an art, craft  and Shikumen (stone-door-frame houses) enclave developed from an old residential area of the former French concession,  a shikumen residential  built in 1930s in Shanghai.

In 1980s artists, designers and vendors began to set up their studios, art galleries, craft stores, design house, cafes, bars, and restaurants  a kind of creative industry precinct in an old residential area of Shanghai.

Tianzifang

It is a great place to shop and dine though a bit overpriced. But you do find some original gifts and souvenirs you cannot find elsewhere in Shanghai.  If you are not a big fan for shopping and eating, just concentrate on its architecture.

The most convenient way of getting to Tianzifang is taking subway line 9 and get off at the station of Dapuqiao (打浦桥) and using Exit 1  and the Taikang Road ( where the three lanes are located) is just opposite the Exit 1.

You may start your exploration of Tianzifang by entering the Taikang Road Lane 210, then duck into the Lane 248 and 274. Check out How to Visit Tianzifang for more information.

6. Visit Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum is amazing! What can be better than visiting a free museum filled with Chines3 relics and tangible cultures? Occupying a construction site of over 28,000 square meters, the museum has four exhibition halls holding bronze ware, calligraphy, paintings, pottery, porcelain, jade ware, stone carvings, Jiaguwen imperial seals and more.

Many exhibitions from the Shanghai Museum have been put on show to Hong Kong, Japan and America and other countries. These shows include the Bronzeware Exhibition of the Shanghai Museum, Exhibition of Chinese Art in Six Thousand Years, Porcelain Exhibition of the Shanghai Museum, Exhibition of Calligraphy of the Ming and Qing Dynasty, Exhibition of Works by the Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhou, Exhibition of Studies of Scholars in the late Ming Dynasty and etc.

Take subway line 2 or 8 and get off at People’s Square and the walk to Shanghai Museum.

Shanghai Museum
Shanghai Museum

7. Stroll from West Nanjing Road to the Bund

It is a great walk from West Nanjing Road to the Bund, the sharp contrast of the modern days and the colonial era, tracing back from the present Shanghai to the old day. You may walk from Shanghai Museum (People’s Square ) to West Nanjing Road,extending to the Bund.

Nanjing Road is a walking street that is always packed with people watching other people. It is regarded as the first commercial road in Shanghai. Nanjing Road is the most bustling and prosperous street in Shanghai.

the Bund

The Bund (Waitan) is one of the most noted architectural symbols of Shanghai. The word “Bund” derives from an Anglo-Indian word for an embankment along a muddy waterfront.

The Bund in Shanghai was first used when the first British company opened an office there in 1846. The Bund, or the waterfront,is now surrounded by about 50 various buildings of different architectural styles including Gothic, Baroque, Romanesque, Classicism and the Renaissance.

8. Taste the Local Shanghai Cuisines

Shanghai enjoys a good reputation in Chinese gourmet circles, boasts one of China’s most characteristic and distinctive cuisines.

During your Shanghai tour, you can appreciate the beautiful scenery and enjoy the local food culture as well. We’ve rounded up the top 10 best restaurants in Shanghai, so  get ready to have a bite! Check out the Top 10 Best Restaurants in Shanghai for more information.

Shanghai Food
Shanghai Food

9. See Acrobatic Show in Shanghai!

The Acrobatics at Shanghai are not to be missed. They are held each night and last for about 2 hours. The Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe, established in 1951 is one of the best in China. It frequently tours internationally and perform routinely at Shanghai and other cities in China.

An acrobatic show has become one of the most popular evening entertainments for tourists in Shanghai. You can enjoy gravity-defying contortion,  juggling, cycling, chair-stacking, and plate-spinning acts at the following stages.

Shanghai Circus World and Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe both become the members of Shanghai Culture, Broadcast, Film and TV Group. Joining hands with media and other cultural undertakings, acrobatics has made unparalleled development.

Keeping the trend in the development of acrobatics and circus both at home and abroad, Shanghai Acrobatic Troupe is striving for new and higher goals of first-class city and first-class culture. Check out Shanghai Acrobatic Show for more information.

Acrobatic Theater in Shanghai:
Shanghai Center Theatre:
Address: No. 1376 Nanjing Road (W), Shanghai 021-62798600
Shanghai Circus World – Middle Theatre:
Add: Gonghe Xinlu 2266, Baoshan District, Shanghai 021-56656622‎

Shanghai Acrobatics
Shanghai Acrobatics

10. Leisure Excursion to Qibao Water Town

If you want to feel and have a glimpse of a traditional China old town after seeing too much glinz of the metropolitan Shanghai,  Qibao Ancient Town (七宝古镇), a tiny water town would be a nice alternative if you cannot make it to other water towns like Zhujiajiao Water Town, Zhouzhuang Water Town and Tongli Water Town.

Qibao Ancient Town is a tiny water town which is also the closest ancient town in the southwest of Shanghai. It is located south of Qingnian Road in Min-Hang District, about 15km southwest of Shanghai.

Qibao literally means ” Seven Treasures” named after the same name temple –  Qibao Temple in Qibao ancient town. The old town is mainly composed of three stone arch bridges, two canals and 4 major streets and several side lanes.

Qibao Water Town is a “city within the city of Shanghai”.  You just take Shanghai subway line 9 and get off at the station of Qibao (七宝)and use the exit 2. For a short stroll,  you will get to Qibao old town.

Check out How to Visit Qibao Ancient Town for more information.

Qibao Ancient Town
Qibao Ancient Town

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.

Top 10 Markets in Shanghai

Friday, October 15th, 2021
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Plan your Shanghai tour? Shanghai is a shopping paradise in China. Although malls and shopping centers are becoming more popular, the majority of Shanghai residents still shop in markets.

Markets make life easier for the shoppers. If you are wondering where to shop in the markets in Shanghai during your short Shanghai trip. We’ve rounded up a list of some popular markets and shopping streets in Shanghai which you might find useful planning your own shopping trip.

No.01 Yuyuan Market ( Yuyuan Bazaar) (上海豫园商城 批发市场)

Located next to the Yu Garden and also known as the City God Temple market, Yuyuan market is a wonderful place to experience local life. If you want to look back on the bygone days of Shanghai Yuyuan Market will lead you back to 100 years ago.

There are over a hundred stores and shops in this area, selling a mish-mash of items including Chinese medicine, walking sticks, silk umbrellas, bamboo and rattan furniture, goldfish, etc. Local people in Shanghai enjoy shopping here. They can find things unobtainable elsewhere and they dine at their favorite restaurants.

Check out my following articles for more information on Yuyuan and its market:
How to visit How to Visit Yuyuan Garden and Bazaar
The Old World Charm in Shanghai

Shopping at the bazaar

Add: 218 Anren Street, Huangpu District (around Yuyuan Garden), Shanghai 黄浦区安仁街132号(城隍庙内)
Tel: (021)63260830

Public Bus Transport: take bus 930 from People’s Square (人民广场)  and get off at the 5th stop of Xinbeimen (新北门站),  have a 5-minute walk to Yuyuan Garden ( also the market);
Subway: Take subway line 10 ( transfer from Subway line 2 at East Nanjing Road ) and get off at the station of Yuyuan Garden (豫园) and exit from the Exit No.01. But the long stroll from the station to the core of the old town is a bit tricky.

No.02 Hong Qiao New World Pearl Market (上海虹桥国际珍珠城)

Hong Qiao New World Pearl Market offers far more than just the pearls. It is an enormous shopping venue which is spread out over three floors and offers shoppers a large range of items.

You can find knock-off bags, scarves, Chinese junk and treasures on the first floor, and wares on the second floor. Remember to bargain hard with the vendors and don’t be afraid to walk away. Hong Qiao New World Pearl Market is the best place to shop for pearls for you.

Add: 3721 Hongmei Road, Minhang District, Shanghai  闵行区虹梅路3721号(近延安西路)
Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00

No.03 South Bund Fabric Market (南外滩轻纺面料市场)

South Bund Fabric Market, which is originally known as the Dongjiadu Fabric Market, is a three-story building full of fabric shops and tailors.Walking into the South Bund Fabric Market, you may find yourself lost in a maze of hundreds of fabric stalls.

Its great values are Qipao, cashmere coats and men’s shirts. Most of the cloths is cheap here. Many shops have their own in-house tailors who can stitch you a suit, or anything else you want.

Address: 399 Lujiabang Road, Shanghai 黄浦区陆家浜路399号(近南仓街)
Opening Hours: 10:00-19:00

No.04 Qipu Road Clothing Market  (上海七浦路服装批发市场)

Qipu Road clothing Market is the largest whole sale and retail clothing market in Shanghai which offers a massive number of men’s wear, women’s wear and children’s wear.It has a history of over 100 years.

There are various of products sold here, both for domestic market and international market, such as clothing, apparel, children’s clothes, underwear, skirts, shoes, jeans, T-shirts, bags, and other related products. You have the chance to grab the latest fashion at extremely low prices in this market.

Add: 168 & 183 Qipu Road, near Henan Bei Lu, Zhabei District 上海七浦路,闸北区,上海
Tel: 021-5102 0001
Hours: Daily 6:30am to 6:00pm

No.05 Yatai Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market (上海亚太新阳服饰礼品市场)

After that famous “fake” market-Xiangyang market closed its gates in 2006, many vendors relocated to Yatai Xinyang Market. The vendors in this market create their own brands instead of the former fake.

It is a great place to buy inexpensive souvenirs: T-shirts, chopsticks, cushion covers and pashminas.Vendors here are reasonably honest but they’re trying to make as much money as they can. Just remember to bargain hard before you buy.

Add: Science and Technology Museum Metro Stop (Metro Line 2), Pudong, Shanghai  浦东新区世纪大道2002号地铁2号科技馆站内(近二号线上海科技馆站)
Hours: 10:00-18:00
Tel:(021)68540000

No.06 Flower, Bird, Fish and Insect Market (上海花鸟市场)

As the most famous of its kinds in Shanghai, this market has everything that you expect to find. There are Spring’s orchid, Summer’s lotus, Autumn’s mum, and Winter’s plum, which are changeable following the seasons.

All kinds of fish, birds together with the tools are also available. It’s worth the trip for the weird and unusual and you’ll take some great photos.

There are a handful bird and flower markets in Shanghai. I just name a few:
Cao’an flowers market (曹安路花卉市场)
Add: 2207, Wuning Road (near Daduhe Road) 武宁南路2207号(近大渡河路)

Wujiaochang birds and flowers market (五角场花鸟市场)
Add: 493 Guohe Road, Wujiaochang, near Changhai Road 地处五角场国和路493号,长海路口
Hongqiao birds and flowers market (虹桥花市)
Add: Opposite Shanghai Zoo

Yangpu Park birds and flowers market 杨浦公园花卉市场
Add: 701 Longchang Road 隆昌路701号

No.07 Weekly Friday Muslim Street Market (常德路上海穆斯林市场)

Weekly Friday Muslim Street Market, which is located in front of the Huxi Mosque, is a small area of street with roadside vendors gathered selling Muslim foods and products.Weekly Friday Muslim Street Market is an interesting place to see some non-Han Chinese culture.

Check out the different offerings, sample some street food and even have a wander around the mosque. Most of the vendors come from Xinjiang Province and their cuisine is very different from eastern China.

Add: 1328 Changde Lu, near Aomen Lu, Northern Jing’an District, Shanghai , 上海常德北路

No.08 Cybermart (赛博数码)

Shanghai Cybermart is located at Huaihai Middle Road, surrounded by a lot of famous department stores and office buildings. It is the most central and reliable location for all sorts of electronic and computer equipment, including DVD players, iPods, laptops, etc.

If you are a computer craze, you can come here and have a look. You can find any digital products of any brands in this mart. Generally speaking, Cybermart is a good place to go if you do not have time to go to Xu Jia Hui.
Add: 1 Middle Huaihai Road, Shanghai  上海市淮海中路1号
Hours: 10:00-20:00

No.09 Hong Kong Famous Shops Street   (上海人民广场香港名街)

Located at Renmin Road, Hong Kong Famous Shops Street is Shanghai’s first underground shopping street filled with booths on both sides.

Young people like to shop here for unique and good-looking products, including clothes, bags, headgear and jewelry. Visitors need to bargain for a good price.With the establishment of more shopping centers of its kind and the increasing price of renting a booth, goods here are more expensive than other places, but it offers a good selection of what is “cool” and “in”.

Add: No. 9-99, Renmin Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai上海人民广场
How to get: Metro Line No.1, Metro Line No.2 (get off at People’s Square Station)

No. 10  Shop Electronics 电子数码市场

There are three places in Xujiahui District: Bainaohui (百脑汇),Pacific Computer Plaza (太平洋电脑广场),and Pacific Digit Plaza (太平洋数码广场)

Add: The three places are located in the same area ( clustered together ).
Transportation: Take Subway Line 1 and get off at the station of Xujiahui ( 徐家汇) and exit from Exit 5.

Chinese address for taxi driver:
司机师傅,您好!请把我送到徐家汇的百脑汇,太平洋电脑广场,太平洋数码广场。

Add-on

Top 10 Markets in Shanghai
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Shanghai
Top 10 Souvenirs in Shanghai

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.

Top 10 Things to Do at Night in Shanghai

Wednesday, October 13th, 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.