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Moganshan Lu, Shanghai
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50 Moganshan Road or "M50" is a contemporary art district in Shanghai, China, that houses a thriving community of more than a hundred artists whose studios are open to the public. It is often compared with New York's SoHo and Beijing's 798 Art Zone. The art quarter has become a popular cultural attraction for local and international visitors alike, and was named among the top ten things to do in Shanghai by Time Magazine.LocationThe name refers to its actual address in Shanghai, and is often shortened to M50 or Moganshan Road. It is tucked away in an old industrial area along the Suzhou Creek. The art quarter is located in industrial and residential Putuo District, but conveniently close to downtown Jing'an District.History50 Moganshan Road was once the Chunming Slub Mill. The art scene was started in 2000 by local artist Xue Song who was initially attracted by the cheap rent of the disused industrial space. Other artists including Ding Yi, Qu Fengguo, and Wang Xingwei, soon followed. Today the quarter’s former factories and warehouses have been converted into art galleries, artists’ studios, design agencies and other visual art and cultural businesses of various sizes. The land and buildings are still owned by Shangtex, the state-owned textile group that operated the now defunct factory.Artists and galleriesM50 hosts over 120 galleries and art studios. Some of Shanghai's best known artists work here, including Zhou Tiehai, Ding Yi, Xu Zhen and the media art collective Liu Dao. Galleries include ShanghART, EastLink Gallery, island6, Pantocrator Gallery, and Biz Art.
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  • M50创意园就在莫干山路,使得这条苏州河畔不起眼的小路焕发生机,M50创意园好比北京的798,旧厂房变为艺术区,经常有各种展在这里展出 
  • Shanghai is seriously lacking in the graff department. For a city that big, I wish there were more. On the way to M50 creative park, there's aboiy a block lined with stuff. I was sorely missing street...  more »
  • I love this area of Shanghai!! The whole scene and vibe is lively and artistic. All of Moganshan Road contains local artists work. You can go into certain buildings and go upstairs to places to see mo...  more »
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  • The graffiti art along Moganshan Rd from Changhua Rd is very interesting and thought provoking. You can tell that some of it is painted by M50 resident artists. Lots of good photo opportunities. There is major construction in progress on the block, but hopefully the graffiti walls will be preserved.
  • A ton of art galleries here. Good way to spend a rainy day.
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