At the corner of East Yan’an Rd and Middle Xizang Rd stands the building of the former Great World, a place for acrobats and nightlife...
Shànghǎi Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
Set over five levels, this modern museum covers Shànghǎi's urban planning history, tracing its development from swampy fishing village...
Shànghǎi Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA Shànghǎi)
This nonprofit museum has an all-glass home to maximise natural sunlight (when it cuts through the clouds), a tip-top location in...
Shànghǎi Concert Hall
A decade or so ago, the government shunted all 5650 tonnes of this classic 1930s building 66m away from busy East Yan’an Rd to a quieter...
Wǔ Fāng Zhāi
An old favourite along Yunnan Rd's food street with five-fragrance dim sum.
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Shànghǎi Museum information
This must-see museum escorts you through the craft of millennia and the pages of Chinese history. It's home to one of the most impressive collections in the land: take your pick from the archaic green patinas of the Ancient Chinese Bronzes Gallery through to the silent solemnity of the Ancient Chinese Sculpture Gallery; from the exquisite beauty of the ceramics in the Zande Lou Gallery to the measured and timeless flourishes captured in the Chinese Calligraphy Gallery.
Chinese painting, seals, jade, Ming and Qing furniture, coins and ethnic costumes are also on offer, intelligently displayed in well-lit galleries. The building itself is designed to resemble the shape of an ancient Chinese dǐng vessel. The excellent museum shop sells postcards, a rich array of books, and faithful replicas of the museum's ceramics and other pieces.
The audio guide is well worth the ¥40 (deposit ¥400 or your passport). Expect to spend half, if not most of, a day here.