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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  • Fantastic collection! Not enough seats inside. You need to buy your ticket when you entee, BEFORE going through security check - it is NOT well signposted (like most things on China!)  more »
  • If you are interested in history or art, get a tour guide and enjoy the exhibition. If not, it might be boring.  more »
  • The Shanghai Museum was incredibly interesting and a beautiful space. The queue can be long, so be patient and give yourself plenty of time or book a couple of weeks ahead and avoid the queue that way...  more »
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  • Excellent museum with high quality displays offered in multiple languages via audio guide. Well worth a visit with excellent audio guides in English. I also enjoyed that there were smaller gift shops on each level of the museum with mechandise that were related to the exhibits on the same floor. This was IN ADDITION to the main store on the first floor.
  • nice collection displayed in a reasonable setting. Good place for Chinese-art & culture beginners
  • Definitely worth spending some time at! No entrance fees and a lot of exhibitions. I only give a 4 star rating as the audio guides were overly expensive in my opinion, especially the Non-Chinese ones. In addition, the two most interesting exhibitions (calligraphy and paintings) are currently closed. However, it is only temporarily.
  • Long wait to get in. Exhibits focused on Chinese history and culture with very limited introduction. May not be interesting to kid.
  • If you've got couple of hours to kill, this is a nice museum to visit. There's no entry fee and have sections segregated based on currency, painting, calligraphy and more.

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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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