Shànghǎi Exhibition Centre

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Shànghǎi Exhibition Centre information

Shànghǎi , China
Street 1000 Middle Yan’an Rd, 延安中路1000号
+86 21 6279 0279
Getting there
metro Jing’an Temple
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The hulking great monolith of the Shànghǎi Exhibition Centre can be seen from West Nanjing Rd. It was built as the Palace of Sino-Soviet Friendship, a friendship that soon turned to ideological rivalry and even the brink of war in the 1960s. Architectural buffs will appreciate its monumentality and unsubtle, bold Bolshevik strokes – there was a time when Pǔdōng was set to look like this.

The site of the Exhibition Centre was originally the gardens of the Jewish millionaire Silas Hardoon.