Shànghǎi Post Museum

Shànghǎi Post Museum information

Location
Shànghǎi , China
Address
2nd fl, 250 North Suzhou Rd; 苏州北路250号2楼
Getting there
Metro: Tiantong Rd
Opening hours
9am-5pm Wed, Thu, Sat & Sun, last entry 4pm
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This fascinating museum in the stunning Main Post Office building explores postal history in imperial China, which dates back to the 1st millennium BC. The system used an extensive pony express to relay messages; Marco Polo estimated there were 10,000 postal stations in 13th-century China. Check out the collection of pre- and post-Liberation stamps (1888–1978) in a special climate-controlled room; the 250cc Xingyue motorbikes used by postal workers to burn up and down Shànghǎi's roads; and a mechanised mail sorter.

Downstairs, you can also inspect a historic mail-train carriage and two old post vans, one horse-drawn, plus a recreation of a Qing-dynasty mail room. Sadly, the roof garden is closed indefinitely.