Shanghai was known throughout the world as a notorious night spot because of the numerous opium dens, nightclubs and gambling halls popular in the city less than 60 years ago. Things have changed over the years. Today, even bars are gentle and colorful because life here is much more than life itself. It is elegant.
Shanghai's first bars were opened in Hengshan Road, and they remain more popular than those elsewhere. Close to Xujiahui Commercial Circle, Hengshan Road is situated in a convenient situation. Here there are bars in great numbers, side by side and in which you can take tea or coffee. A wide variety of bars ranging from the brash to more intimate and quiet abound to suit your every mood. Thus, Hengshan Road at night can be one of the most bustling places in th city. Karaoke is also big in this area, especially at Cashbox, which was also recently ranked as the top karaoke bar in Shanghai. If you're looking for a bar with a view, there is no better place than back at Jin Mao Tower.
However, if you are visiting Shanghai for the first time, it is much safer to go Xin Tian Di for the night life. Xin Tian Di, the most fashionable area cultivated in the distinctive Shikumen Buildings, the architectural styles of both west and east from the 1920s and 1930s Shanghai around South Huangpi Road and Xingye Road, has become the popular place to go. Lined by Shikumen architecture on the north end and a more modern tone on the south, Xin Tian Di has entertainment for everyone.Thanks to the highly developed economy and night culture, the scenery at night there is amazing. Among which, Bund is a must-visit. The ornate classical and modern buildings take on a new and exciting look as they are lit up by an abundance of colored lights.
Looking across the Huangpu River to the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Jinmao Tower is a magical sight. A night-time Huangpu River cruise presents a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the night life on the Bund. 30 or so boats carry tourists;These include deluxe boats, ancient dragon boats of Ming and Qing styles, boats of Shikumen style of old Shanghai, Pirate Boat, etc. The boat fare is CNY 68. Whatever kind of boat you take, the view to be seen here at night will be sure to live on in your memory for years. Another notable spot is Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street. The gaily illuminated shops are an exciting backdrop to the cheerful crowds that come here after dark to enjoy the carefree atmosphere, where it is possible to pick up a bargain or enjoy a tasty morsel to eat.
One more highlight of nightlife in the city is the Portman Acrobatic Show, which will surely bring you a memorable experience. Be sure to save some energy during the day, you'll definitely be needing it to keep up with a fun night!