Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan)
The first thing to note about the Shanghai Museum (Shanghai Bowuguan) is its unusual design. The building, constructed in the 1990s, is supposed to resemble an ancient type of bronze cooking pot called a ding. It's a reference to the objects on display in the museum's five stories of rooms.
The museum's structure - a round building on a square base - also holds echoes of China's history. Ancient buildings in China were constructed like this because of the belief that heaven was round and the earth square.
The collection, although sensitively ordered, is so large as to be somewhat overwhelming. Pick and choose your areas, or you may run out of steam. Definitely take in some of the ceramics, through which you can trace China's history from the Neolithic Age onwards. There are also furniture, calligraphy, religious sculptures and jade to enjoy.
The Shanghai Museum is situated on the People's Square, in the Huangpu district. You can catch Lines 1 or 2 of the subway to People's Square station.
Tours & Tickets
See all the main sites of Shanghai, 'Paris of the Orient'. Your fully guided coach tour includes lunch as well as entry into the Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
This short yet impressive route focuses on the history of Xi'an and the modernity of Shanghai. You will explore the archeological treasure Terracotta Warriors ... Read more
Duration: 5 days (approx.)