A must-see area of Shanghai both for its cultural capital and its nightlife, The Bund is usually near the top of most tourist to-do lists. This is for good reason; stepping into the Bund is like stepping into turn of the 20th century Shanghai, with its lovely collection of colonial buildings and a promenade that looks out on the Huangpu River. This romantic vision is tweaked a bit by the massive highrises across the river in Pudong, but the sights are arresting nonetheless (especially at night).
Just off of Nanjing Road, highlights of the Bund include the Customs House, whose clock tower is iconic in the area and the Peace Hotel, which is the most central landmark. This is an excellent place for an evening stroll, while places like Bar Rouge, Captain's Lounge, and many other options area available for sophisticated drinking as the night goes on.