1) Theatre and music
Culture vultures will want to head over to the Shanghai Grand Theatre, which is one of the most popular places in the whole city to watch opera and ballet. Another great place to take in a show is the Shanghai Centre, which is located on Nanjing Xi Lu. Light entertainment is also offered by the Shanghai Acrobatics Troupe, which are famed throughout the world for their breath-taking balancing and magic acts.
Although not many visitors associate Shanghai with a vibrant clubbing scene, the truth is that the club scene has come a long way in recent years and there are a large number of places to play here such the Pegasus venue at the trendy Golden Bell Plaza. While those in search of a vibrant atmosphere and crowds of people will want to check out the clubs at Huaihai Zhong Lau, the most sophisticated place to play is the Bund district.
3) The Bund
Not only is there an excellent range of hotels Shanghai in this vibrant district, visitors to the Bunds will also find plenty of nightlife options as well. Chic and sophisticated restaurants offer stunning views of the Huangpu River, and dining on gourmet Chinese cuisine while watching the sunset is a great way to start the evening. Now it is time to sip a cocktail or two at the bar before strapping on dancing shoes and heading to one of the area’s hip nightclubs.
4) French Concession
Often dubbed the “Paris of the East”, the French Concession is certainly one of Shanghai’s chicest districts. This is a great place to indulge in spot of shopping before enjoying a traditional French or fusion meal. This area is a good pace to dine of Western cuisine, while those in search of liquid refreshment will find a good range of bars and clubs to choose from.
Known as the “Pearl of the Orient", the Pudong district of Shanghai attracts visitors who like to sip cocktails at the bar, surrounded by chic and sophisticated décor. People come to Pudong to play from all over the city, drinking and dancing the night away in famous bars and clubs such as the Grand Hyatt’s Cloud 9.
6) Xin Tian Di
Although not the most sophisticated part of Shanghai, the Xin Tian Di is popular with visitors who enjoy the lighter side of life. Themed bars, restaurants and coffeehouses are the main attractions here after the sun sets. There is also a wide range of cheap and cheerful Shanghai accommodation to choose from here.
One of the best things about shopping in Shanghai is that the shops stay open until late at night, especially in popular shopping streets and districts such as Nanjing Road, which is acclaimed as the largest commercial street in China. Just around the corner, Huaihai Road features creations from top-end international designers such as Bally and Hugo Boss. There are a large number of shopping malls scattered all over Shanghai and these are great places to pick up bargains as sales are regularly held there. Another popular place for bargain hunters to shop is North Sichuan Road as prices here tend to be lower than in Shanghai’s more popular shopping zones.
Lek Boonlert is an editor and content reviewer at DirectRooms and is responsible for all Hotels Shanghai content.