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Like many other Chinese cities, the Shanghai nightlife centres around a few districts that offer a wide range of entertainment. Cafes and bars are always packed. Large nightclubs host world famous DJs and organise special theme nights. Make sure you check the entertainment listings for the best options.
One of the most popular entertainment districts is Xintiandi, which literally means ‘New heaven and earth’. At the start of the 20th century most Shanghai residents lived in ‘shikumen’, traditional houses in gated communities. Many shikumen have had to give way to modern high rises but in Xintiandi they have been preserved and a new purpose found. After a spectacular transformation, this area has turned into a trendy entertainment district with art galleries, bars and restaurants.