Many people visit Shanghai for the eclectic cuisine and stunning skyscrapers, but after seeing Shanghai by night, I would recommend that any tourist take a stroll down The Bund after sunset before heading home for good. Kyle and I went to The Bund (the main walkway area beside the river in Shanghai), during the morning on our first day, and while it was entertaining, it was nothing to write home about. Heading here when the entire city is lit up, however, is an entirely different experience.
It’s best to see both sides of the river after dark, so hop on the subway to Lujiazui station, which takes you over to the Pudong side of the river in Shanghai. Just around the corner from the exit you can walk on an elevated walkway for observing the surrounding structures. From here, head towards Riverside Avenue and stroll down the walkway to observe The Bund lit up on the other side. For those with money to spend, there are plenty of restaurants and bars here to grab a drink. If you walk south you will eventually hit the ferry terminal, which only costs two yuan to head back to Puxi (the other side of the river). Kyle described the views from the ferry ride quite accurately: it’s like looking at London on one side (The Bund) and New York on the other (Pudong).
Once the ferry lands, continue your stroll down the Bund, and after that the night is yours!