Most people are quite surprised to learn that the lights don’t actually stay on very late down at the river walk. For electricity/money saving reasons, no doubt, they lights turn off at 11 pm prompt. The city shuts off just about everything, so there’s really not much to see after that point. We’re not suggesting you put down your cocktail if you’re up at the bar when the lights dim, just suggesting you get there with plenty of time.
In the summer, a good view is to be had from 8 pm – 11 pm; during the winter, it’s more like 6 pm – 11 pm. We’re of the opinion that every trip to Shanghai should include a day and night view of the famous skyline.
While we’re on the subject, check out this super-cool time lapse video. We’re almost totally sick of the genre of film, but this one has great shots of Shanghai, rural and southern China, and Hong Kong as well! (And you can watch it go from day to night along the Shanghai skyline).
If you’re looking for a night time view, during our Shanghai Street Eats night markets food tour, you’ll get your hunger for night views and tasty treats sated. For runners, the Blade Runner Nights Shanghai jogging tour was specifically created to take in all the sights, sounds (and smells) of this great city.