Shanghai is a city that never sleeps – a metropolis that pulsates with even more excitement as the night progresses. While Shanghai's bar and club scene is certainly one of the most bustling ones in China, not all after-dark fun has to necessarily involve drinking. Here are a few pointers to some alternative nightlife options before the cold winter creeps in, from its riverbanks, to its skies, to its beaches.
Huangpu River Ferry Night ToursView In Map
Ferryboats offering tours along the Huangpu River are located right behind the Oriental Pearl Tower. From the south side of the Shanghai International Convention Center, walk to the end of Fenghe Lu to find a small booth where they sell tickets for the Huangpu River Ferry Tours. Tours begin at 18:30 and run every hour on the half hour until 21:30. Ferries tend to be more crowded during the 19:30 and 20:30 time slots.
The entire trip lasts 40 minutes and you'll be able to catch all the must-see landmarks along the Bund, including the Oriental Pearl Tower, Zhengdan Plaza, Shanghai World Financial Center, and more, while enjoying all the comforts the ferry has to offer. The 18:30 ferry offers a special sight as at exactly 19:00, a bell sounds throughout the Bund, signaling building lights to turn on in order from north to south – officially announcing nightfall over Shanghai.
Add: 1 Shiji Jie (behind Oriental Pearl Tower), Pudong New District, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6095 8956
Price: 140 RMB/adult; 70 RMB/child under 1.4 m
Getting there: Take Bus No. 972, 985, 870, 570, 574, 001, 818, 339, 454, 729B, 961, 992, 341, 791, 819, or 798 to Oriental Pearl Tower and walk for 10 minutes to the ticket booth.
Ferris Wheel Ride at Jingjiang Amusement ParkView In Map
Visiting Jingjiang Park at nighttime will prove to be a very romantic experience. Riding on the Ferris wheel, 100 metres above Shanghai, you will see the expressway curving and meandering into the distance like fiery dragon in the night. Sparkling lights around the Lupu and Xupu Bridges add a fairy tale-like mood to the nighttime scenery. Every compartment on the Ferris wheel is equipped with air-conditioning and sufficient ventilation, so you needn't worry about the summertime heat.
Apart from the Ferris wheel, you can enjoy a spin on the merry-go-around, pirate ship, space shuttle simulator, and more. Be on the lookout for a special lantern exhibit, featuring fairytale and folklore-themed lanterns, and an exotic Russian song and dance program during your visit to the park this summer.
Add: 201 Hongmei Lu, Shanghai
Tel: 021 5420 4956
Opening hours: 18:00 -22:00 (summer night hours)
Price: 50 RMB for admission + 2 rides; 80 RMB for admission + 6 rides
Getting there: Take Metro Line 1 to Jingjiang Park Station
Sanjia Port Seaside Theme Park View In Map
Sanjia Port is the nearest beach from downtown Shanghai and is a superb place for cooling down from the summer heat. This large expanse of clear seawater and beach offers beach volleyball matches, outdoor concerts, movies projected onto water-screens, rental tents and canoes, and a variety of water sports. Or, you can always choose to lie prone on your back, gazing at the night sky or waiting for the sunrise. Entertainment opportunities are nearly endless here.
Plus, nearby Hawaii Islands Seafood City offers generous deals on gourmet seafood dishes. Enjoy a view of the ocean from the VIP seating area while you gulp down beer and savor fresh lobster.
Add: East Huaxia Lu, Dongshou Seaside Plaza, Shanghai
Tel: 021 6890 9803
Price: 50 RMB/adult; 38 RMB/child (tickets include access to the ocean, but all other activities are charged separately)
Opening hours: 08:00-20:00 from May 1st
Getting there: Take Metro Line 2, Exit 5
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