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Uncover the secrets of China’s textile-making heritage and trace the evolution of Shanghai fashion on this unique 2-hour tour of the Shanghai Museum of Textile and Costume. Admire rich silks, velvets and embroidery; see textiles dating from as early as 221 BC and learn about ancient production methods as you follow your guide around the interactive exhibitions. Numbers are limited to 10 people on this small-group tour, ensuring a personalized experience. 


  • Tour of the Shanghai Museum of Textile and Costume with an expert local guide
  • Gain a deeper insight into China's culture and heritage through the textile industry and fashion
  • Enjoy interactive displays of ancient textile technologies and production methods
  • Browse silk, velvet and embroidery, and discover how styles and types of clothing have changed over the centuries
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people ensures a personalized experience

What You Can Expect

Small-Group Shanghai Tour: The Evolution of Chinese Textiles and Fashion

Ancient Chinese Loom

Meet your expert local guide at a central Shanghai location in the morning or afternoon and head to the Shanghai Museum of Textile and Costume for your tour.

Explore the gallery showcasing Chinese fabrics and replicas of machines used in the nation's textile industry in ancient times. As you browse the more than 250 items on display, including replicas of items from as early as 221 BC, learn about China’s long-time tradition of textiles and costume production.

Browse textiles such as embroidery, satin, velvet, silk and linen, all in different patterns from different eras in Chinese history. Most of the pieces were found in Xinjiang, Tibet and some inland areas along the Yellow River, once the center of ancient Chinese civilization.

Discover how styles and types of clothing have changed over the centuries, and browse robes, jackets, capes, aprons, small bags, ribbons and tapestries. You'll also learn different weaving techniques, see the technologies used in production and see tie-dyed and wax-painted materials produced by Chinese ethnic minorities.

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