Nightlife & the Arts in Shanghai


Shanghai Nightlife

Fueled equally by expatriates and an increasingly adventurous population of locals, Shanghai boasts an active and diverse nightlife. Shanghai lacks the sort of performing-arts scene you'd expect from a city its size, but it's getting there. Chinese opera remains popular with an older crowd and is even enjoying resurgence with a younger audience.

The Arts

For modern culture more in tune with Shanghai's vibe head to the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center, which balances sumptuous historical epics with small, provocative plays examining burning social issues like infidelity, divorce, and AIDS. Plucky modern-dance troupes perform at private venues like the Downstream Warehouse.

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Shanghai Fodor's Choice Nightlife

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    • Xujiahui and South, Hongqiao and Gubei


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