Shànghǎi Exhibition Centre
Soothing midrange spa with foot, tuīná (traditional massage) and shiatsu massages. Reserve. It's in both East and West buildings.
Shànghǎi Centre Theatre
The Shànghǎi Acrobatics Troupe has popular performances here at 7.30pm most nights. It’s a short but fun show and is high on the to-do...
Beef & Liberty
With a surprising lack of decent burger joints in Shànghǎi, it's no surprise Beef & Liberty is packed with expats. The classic beef...
1000 Middle Yan’an Rd; 延安中路1000号 · interesting places nearby
Shànghǎi Exhibition Centre information
The hulking monolith of the Shànghǎi Exhibition Centre was built in 1955 as the Sino-Soviet Friendship Mansion – a friendship that soon turned sour and even regressed to the brink of war in the 1960s. The Stalinist-style architecture is based on St Petersberg's Admiralty Building, with neoclassical columns and a skeletal spire topped by a communist red star. Though located across from the Shànghǎi Centre, the best view is from the Yan'an Rd side, where the building is fronted by a stirring bronze socialist realist monument and stained red-star glass windows.
You're allowed to wander its grounds and photograph the buildings. Architecture-lovers will appreciate its monumentality and bold, unsubtle 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 Jewish millionaire Silas Hardoon.