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Shanghai's newest museum is a gorgeous building filled with enamelware

A museum of enamelware may not exactly sound like everybody’s cup of tea, but this beautiful new gallery and garden in Shanghai in China could well be enough to change your mind.

Eight Tenths Garden, Shaghai
Eight Tenths Garden, Shanghai Image by Wutopia Lab

The city’s newest attraction is called the Eight Tenths Garden and was built as an exhibition space for an historic collection of plates, cuts, basins, and even a bath tub. It may well become better known however for its design, and particularly its exquisite rock garden, as these pictures show.

Activity space first floor at Eight Tenth Garden, Shanghai
Activity space first floor at Eight Tenth Garden, Shanghai Image by Wutopia Lab

Wutopia Lab, the architects behind it, said: “Eight Tenths Garden is an art museum dedicated to arts and crafts, which can also be used as a venue for [conferences] … it has a coffee shop, a library, offices, bed and breakfast, as well as a restaurant, study rooms, and chess rooms.”

Eight Tenth Garden, Shanghai
Eight Tenth Garden, Shanghai

The cylindrical building is ringed by a white aluminium shell which is designed to appear like the folds of a fan. Inside, the enamelware is displayed in a giant circular hall, showcasing some of the finest crafted cups and plates from around the world.

Aerial view of the gardens at Eighth Tenths Garden, Shanghai
Aerial view of the gardens at Eighth Tenths Garden, Shanghai Image by Wutopia Lab

However, it’s the gorgeous gardens that really steal the show with a tiny pond and a mini waterfall, which were inspired by the famous paintings of Qiu Ying. The fourth floor also features overnight accommodation with each of the guest areas having their own small sky gardens. The museum is on Jiayi Road with the nearest metro station at Taopu Xincun on Shanghai’s Line 11.

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