Attractions

Top Choice Gallery in Jìng’ān

M50

Shànghǎi may be known for its glitz and glamour, but it's got an edgy subculture, too. The industrial M50 art complex is one prime example, where galleries have set up in disused factories and cotton mills, utilisin…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Jìng’ān

Jìng’ān Temple

With the original temple dating back to AD 1216, the much-restored Jìng’ān Temple was here well before all the audacious skyscrapers and glitzy shopping malls. Today it stands like a shimmering mirage in defiance of…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Jìng’ān

Jade Buddha Temple

One of Shànghǎi’s few active Buddhist monasteries, this temple was built between 1918 and 1928. The highlight is a transcendent Buddha crafted from pure jade, one of five shipped back to China by the monk Hui Gen at…
Top Choice Museum in Jìng’ān

Shànghǎi Natural History Museum

Perhaps not quite on the same scale as the Smithsonian, Shànghǎi's new sleek space would nevertheless be a fitting choice for a Night at the Museum movie. As comprehensive as it is entertaining and informative, the …
Architecture in Jìng’ān

Shànghǎi Exhibition Centre

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-…
Sculpture in Jìng’ān

Jìng'ān Sculpture Park

The attractive Jìng'ān Sculpture Park contains a mix of permanent and temporary pieces created by mainly international artists. The sculptures are thoughtfully scattered, making it a wonderful place to stroll and br…
Historic Building in Jìng’ān

Mao Zedong's 1920 Apartment

Though Mao Zedong only lived at this two-storey apartment for a few months in 1920, it's here the seeds were laid for the formation of the CCP. Within is a small museum displaying historical photographs, his persona…
Historic Building in Jìng’ān

Former Residence of Mao Zedong

The Great Helmsman Mao Zedong lived here in the latter half of 1924 with his second wife, Yang Kaihui, and their two children at the time, Anying and Anqing. The residence has old photos and newspaper clippings on d…
Gallery in Jìng’ān

island6

One of the M50 art precinct's most forward-thinking, provocative and downright entertaining galleries is island6. It focuses on the collaborative works of Liu Dao, an art collective of painters, writers and multimed…
Gallery in Jìng’ān

ShanghART

An original M50 gallery and one of Shanghai's first contemporary art spaces, ShanghART is still going strong 20 years on. It's split into two galleries, both immense rooms displaying established local and internatio…