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Shanghai is the most modern city in China with a population of 22 million which is equivalent to the population of Australia. With wonderful historic sites, yummy food, modern skylines, and leading fashion trends, Shanghai has been one of the must-see cities for a China vacation. And, this mega-city of China will not let you down with amazing night life after work.
How to Get to Shanghai
Shanghai has two international airports, Pudong International Airport (PVG) and Hongqiao International Airport (SHA). So you could fly into Shanghai via either airport that connects Shanghai and other destinations worldwide. Generally speaking, PVG has more international flights and thus better air rates.
If you are a fan of cruise journeys, Shanghai is a popular destination in the itineraries of many international cruise lines which allows you to arrive in Shanghai via its cruise port. What’s more, if it is a transit in Shanghai, the city’s 144 hour visa free policy gives you enough time to discover its spectacle.
Where to Eat in Shanghai at Night
Shanghai Grandmother // If you are wandering along The Bund area in Shanghai and would like to try some local dishes, this restaurant is a top choice for its yummy dishes at local prices. Braised pork is highly recommended as one of the representatives of Shanghai dishes.
Xiaoyang Shengjian // Aka Yang’s Friend Dumplings. This is a chain of restaurants almost everywhere in the city. You could find one close to your hotel and check it out. They offer great fried dumplings that are inexpensive.
Lost Heaven // This restaurant is a renowned Yunnan food restaurant and the one by the Bund is easy to find with reasonable price. Do remember to try the Thai Zeed, a very popular drink here. And reservation is needed.
EI Willy // A wonderful Spanish restaurant with spectacular view. Ask for a table with view when you book. The restaurant offers yummy tapas and you will fall in love with the Chicken Rosemary paella. Also remember to try their Sangria.
Gongdelin Vegetarian // Located on the Bund, this 90-year-old vegetarian restaurant is one of the best. If you are vegetarian, this is a perfect choice for you in the area. The restaurant is good at imitating meat-dish equivalents. Try the imitation duck, shrimp and even chicken feet.
Jazz Bar at Peace Hotel Shanghai // Though this is not somewhere to eat, you need go and enjoy the cozy atmosphere and the live band of mostly octogenarians who played at the Hotel in 1980 for the first time. The minimum spend is RMB200 per person which will be about two drinks there.
Things to Do Near Shanghai
The Bund // After work, the city will soon be lit up by the beautiful neon lights. And now it is the perfect time to soak up the Shanghai’s spectacular night views in the Bund area. You could take a delightful stroll along the river bank and take in all the exotic buildings from 1920s, which gives The Bund another name, the World Architecture Museum.
Nanjing Road // Next to the Bund is the bustling Nanjing Road, the busiest shopping street in Shanghai full of old branded shops and stores. Wander along the street and immerse in the lively atmosphere.
Huangpu River Cruise // A leisurely night cruise along Huangpu River is another great way to appreciate the city’s magnificent night view. The cruise is about 45 minutes.
Yuyuan Bazaar // This area is a big contrast to the city’s modern side. Next to Yu Garden and Chenghuangmiao Temple, this part will feast your eyes with ancient buildings and varieties of traditional crafts and souvenirs.
Xintiandi (New Spot) // New Spot is located in the French Concession, a beautiful and elegant place. Today, the area is a popular choice to go at night to grab a drink in a classic bar or simply to take a walk and take in the traditional Shikumen constructions.
Middle Huaihai Road // The Road is another major shopping street in Shanghai. While Nanjing Road is busier with tourists’ crowds, Middle Huaihai Road is upscale and preferred by local Shanghainese. You will find both small boutique stores and major shopping malls including the world’s 5th Maison Hermes.
Watch the Jaw-dropping ERA Show // The full name of the show is ERA Intersection of Time, shown at Shanghai Circus World. It is not shown everyday though so you will have to confirm with the circus world first to make reservation. The captivating show amazingly present Chinese history as well as martial arts.
Propaganda Poster Art Center //Well, this one is not for a visit after work yet it is absolutely a hidden gem of the culture of China and you can go visit on weekends. You will see many rarely-seen posters from the Cultural Revolution period in 1960s.
Photos and Guide by Sarah Zhou
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