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  • Location:Shanghai, China
  • Duration:2 hours (approx.)

Small-Group Contemporary Art Walking Tour in Shanghai

Delve into Shanghai's thriving underground art scene with a knowledgeable guide during a 2-hour walking tour of 50 Moganshan Road, aka M50. This renovated warehouse contains Shanghai's hottest art district, with resident avant-garde artists such as Liu Dao, who makes interactive installations about technology, and Zhou Tiehai, who creates modern work with a satirical twist. Your guide takes you to top galleries and studios where you can find cutting-edge art and gain insight into China's internationally renowned contemporary arts movement.


  • Small-group art tour of the galleries of 50 Moganshan Road (M50) in Shanghai
  • Experience the growing underground culture of modern and avant-garde art in China
  • Tour the complex of studios and galleries with your expert guide and learn about the pieces you see
  • Maximum number of 10 participants ensures a personalized experience

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What You Can Expect

Small-Group Contemporary Art Walking Tour in Shanghai

'Book from the Sky' Installation

After pickup at your Shanghai hotel, your guide takes you over to 50 Moganshan Road, a site that was once full of abandoned warehouses. Since 2000, 50 Moganshan Road, or M50, has been transformed by more than 100 resident artists into a thriving scene with artist studios, gallery exhibits and a few cafes.

Your informative guide shares the history of the contemporary arts movement in Shanghai as you tour the large complex. Stop by galleries like BizArt, a non-profit that promotes young up-and-coming artists, and check out Eastlink, known for some of the city’s most controversial exhibitions. Expect to see a variety of media including photography, sculpture, painting, furniture, graffiti and more.

If you’re lucky, your guide can introduce you to some of the resident artists during your tour. Relish the chance to learn about modern styles in China’s contemporary art and enjoy a firsthand experience of the world’s most vibrant art scenes while in Shanghai. With a local guide, you’ll be able to see more and come away with a deeper understanding of modern art in China.

Tours are offered in the morning and afternoon, making it easy to fit into your sightseeing schedule.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2014

Excellent guide. Thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the tour. Extremely interesting art work. Definitely recommend tour.

4 star rating: Recommended January 2015

We met Janny at M50, we had an interesting afternoon strolling around the galleries. Janny was very friendly and made the visit enjoyable. If we had not done this tour I think we would have trouble locating this area and all the galleries inside. An enjoyable afternoon.

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