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Xuhui aims to boost city nightlife

Landmark shopping complexes and cultural sites in Xuhui District are being encouraged to stay open later to help boost the city’s night time economy.

The district government released a guideline yesterday aimed at creating a downtown nightlife destination featuring “international, Shanghai and fashionable” styles, without disturbance to traffic and residents. 

About 30 shopping malls, including those in Xujiahui, Hengshan and Fuxing roads as well as the West Bund waterfront, are among the first batch selected to extend their opening hours.

Some popular eateries will be allowed to have tables on the street at certain times.

Cinemas, bookstores, music clubs and night show venues are also allowed to operate late at night. Approval procedures for nighttime events have been simplified, according to the guideline.

Time-honored eatery brands, such as the Qiao Restaurant, or Qiaojiashan, known for local specialty liang mian huang (both sides yellow) fried noodles and dim sum, are also being asked to join the nightlife campaign.

The traditional eatery on Xiangyang Road S., which reopened in April after a major renovation, will stay open late every day, while all the other dim sum franchise stores will stay open until 8:30pm, the company said.

Since it reopened, there have been long lines of customers waiting outside every day, especially at lunch and dinner times.

Cultural landmarks in Xuhui such as Shanghai Library, Shanghai Symphony Hall, West Bund Art Center and Tank Shanghai will hold more events at night.

Shanghai is aiming to revive its nightlife after shutting down noisy late-night bars and eateries over the past few years in response to residents’ complaints.

The district’s market watchdog and traffic police have been asked to enhance supervision to avoid disrupting traffic and disturbing residents.

Eateries allowed tables on streets mustn’t block pedestrian and emergency access or major roads. No structure or fixed facilities are allowed.


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