Shanghai Museum, Shanghai

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Located in the city's center, Shanghai Museum displays a large collection of invaluable ancient Chinese art which demonstrates the nation's philosophy, wisdom, and way of life. Established in 1952, the round dome structure with a square base contains a total of three exhibition halls and eleven galleries. You can choose to inspect many major categories of showcased art, such as calligraphy, ceramics, furniture, paintings, and coins. Explore China's long history by examining over 120,000 items, which portray the country's long, colorful history and its relation to foreign countries. The museum issues 8,000 daily tickets free of charge and gives priority to the elderly and disabled. Using our international travel planner, Shanghai attractions like Shanghai Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Located on People Square. Free. Very complete over 4 floors. Tea room on site. Bronzes, paintings, pottery, width... Take an audio guide in French: cheap and helps focus the visit on the main parts.
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  • Excellent Museum in people's square. Mandatory to visit it if you are in the city. We learned a lot of history and free!
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  • Touching the Shanghai introduction in Chinese history and fine art. In the eyeball and takes half a day. It is recommended, and admission is free, located in the heart of the city, so if you have time. Near the Department stores and subway.
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  • If you have been in China for a long -period of time or are familiar with exhibitions of Chinese artifacts etc, I would not recommend this museum. It is very good but it is also nothing exceptional. For people who enjoy museums, especially traveling from Europe who may be familiar with these types of displays etc, there is nothing new to see here. I will say that the surrounding area is well worth walking around as you travel towards the people's square. Worth a visit but perhaps only go inside if there is something you are particularly interested in.
  • It is an outstanding museum. It will be better when all exhibits have the internation language on them. I spent 20 hours exploring this vast complex. The Russian "The Wanderers" exhibit was outstanding and I highly recommend it if you can catch it.
  • Great Museum which offers a dive into the Chinese culture. Comprehensive collection of ancient paintings and ceramics. Free entrance makes this to a must see for all tourists visiting Shanghai, who want to see a little of the Chinese history and culture.
  • This museum has huge collection of ancient Chinese antiques. The bronze showroom on the ground floor where I spent nearly three hours is the best showroom about Chinese bronze antiques. You can also see how ancient Chinese craftsmen created the bronzes.
  • Massive collection of Chinese history spanning five floors. Furniture, artefacts, and art from China's rich and beautiful culture. Superb examples of the finest ceramics. Everything beautifully displayed and curated.

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As one of China's top commercial cities and tourist destinations, Shanghai offers accommodations that range from backpacker-friendly haunts to five-star hotels in futuristic skyscrapers. Few world cities can rival Shanghai in terms of room variety, services, and prices, and all types of travelers can easily find suitable options based on their preference and budget limitations. Puxi and Pudong remain probably the best options for most foreign visitors, as these areas offer both modern hotels packed with amenities and older establishments loaded with traditional charm.
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