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Art Lover’s Guide to Shanghai

Art Lover’s Guide to Shanghai

Shanghai is known for its thriving art scene, and it’s one of the best places to see and appreciate contemporary Chinese art. From museums and galleries to art districts and enclaves, here are some of the must-see sites for art lovers in Shanghai.

 

Shanghai Museum

Located at People’s Square, the Shanghai Museum is considered one of the best museums in China. It’s home to more than 120,000 artifacts from the Neolithic period onwards and includes ancient bronzes, ceramics, jade, sculptures, paintings, calligraphy, and furniture. Entry is free, and new exhibits are constantly being added.

 

China Art Palace

Shaped like a bright-red inverted pyramid, China Art Palace is one of the largest art museums in the country and houses an extensive collection of modern Chinese art. With more than 25 exhibition halls and spanning 700,000 square feet (64,000 square meters), there’s plenty to see here. The main galleries are free, with charges for special exhibitions.

 

M50 Creative Park

M50 Creative Park is one of Shanghai’s premier destinations for modern and contemporary art. Spanning 36 acres (14.5 hectares), this massive industrial art park is home to more than 100 galleries and art studios. Artists from around the world exhibit a range of art forms, including painting, photography, sculpture, new media, design, and interactive installations.

 

West Bund Cultural Corridor

Known as Shanghai’s “Museum Mile,” the West Bund Cultural Corridor is home to a world-class collection of museums and galleries, including the Long Museum, Yuz Museum, and the West Bund Art Museum, which includes an outpost of the Pompidou Center. It’s also the site of the annual West Bund Art & Design Fair.

 

Tianzifang

Located in the French Concession, the hip and artsy Tianzifang enclave is comprised of three main lanes intersected by numerous small alleyways. It’s full of art galleries, design studios, stylish boutiques, and unique shops, all housed in traditional Shikumen buildings or converted factory spaces.

 

Propaganda Poster Art Center

Located in the basement of an apartment in Changning, the Propaganda Poster Art Center is a must-see for anyone with an interest in recent Chinese history and culture. Inside, find more than 5,000 propaganda posters, prints, graffiti, textiles, and artworks from 1949 to 1979.

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Private Customized Shanghai City Day Tour with Local Expert

Private Customized Shanghai City Day Tour with Local Expert

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First-time visitors to Shanghai encounter a bustling metropolis, with so much to see and do, that it's hard to know where to begin. On this private tour that's tailored just for you, let a guide lead the way, and customize the itinerary to show you the city's top attractions. Expect to see highlights—like Fuxing Park, the Jade Buddha Temple, and the Peace Hotel—enjoy a tasting lunch, and upgrade to include entrance tickets to make the most of your day.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
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$100.00
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$100.00
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4-Hour Shanghai Jewish History and China Art Museum Private Tour

4-Hour Shanghai Jewish History and China Art Museum Private Tour

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Discover Shanghai’s Jewish history and heritage on this 4-hour prviate tour. Explore the former Jewish Ghetto in Shanghai’s Hongkou district, visit landmarks such as Ohel Moishe Synagogue and Sassoon House, and see the famous painting ‘Along the River During the Qingming Festival’ at the China Art Museum.
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  • 4 hours
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$115.00
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$115.00
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Shanghai Art Deco Architecture Private Tour including M50 Creative Park

Shanghai Art Deco Architecture Private Tour including M50 Creative Park

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Architecture aficionados will appreciate this custom-tailored Shanghai city tour, which covers the standout Art Deco gems. Unlike other cities, Art Deco-era buildings are scattered in different neighborhoods, making them tough to visit on your own. Know just where to go with your own personal guide as you cover lavish mansions like Woo Village and lesser-known backstreets. Upgrade to include a tasty lunch stop.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$128.00
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$128.00
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Private Contemporary Art Walking Tour in Shanghai

Private Contemporary Art Walking Tour in Shanghai

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Delve into Shanghai's thriving underground art scene with a private guide during a 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.
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  • 2 hours
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$123.08
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$123.08
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Special Shanghai Tour:Modern Art Shanghai Tour

Special Shanghai Tour:Modern Art Shanghai Tour

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Highlights: 1.Non shoppinng tour 2.No tourist traps 3.No hidding fee 4.The best use of time 5.Your own Private tour 6.Flexible itinerary 7.Licensed guides and tour vehicles 8.Unbeatable price and 5 stars service
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  • 8 hours
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$157.34
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4-Hour Private Shanghai Art and History Tour

4-Hour Private Shanghai Art and History Tour

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Step off the typical tourist trail, and discover some of Shanghai’s coolest artistic corners—this private tour makes it simple to explore. Pick between morning and afternoon tour times, and meet your guide at your centrally located hotel. Venture first to M50—a former factory turned creative district—before exploring the vibrant Tianzifang neighborhood. You’ll also visit the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre to learn about another side of the city's 20th-century artistic legacy.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$85.00
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$85.00
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The Pudong Side of Thriving Shanghai

The Pudong Side of Thriving Shanghai

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Get more out of your visit to Shanghai by going to the Shanghai Museum and Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center with a knowledgeable private guide. Your guide takes you from your hotel to the Shanghai Museum where you browse exhibits that contain more than thousands of artifacts that represent more than 5,000 years of Chinese history. Then learn about the past and future of Shanghai at the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center, which reveals how the city developed and visions for the city’s future.
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  • 4 hours
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$104.00
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Private Full Day Tour: Shanghai Flexible Specialty Museum Tour

Private Full Day Tour: Shanghai Flexible Specialty Museum Tour

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A metropolitan city, such as Shanghai, is often defined by it's collection of unique museums. Choose 3 sites from this array of museums or just talk with your expert guide to learn if others match your interests even more! This private tour is guaranteed to give you a unique perspective of Shanghai you won't find anywhere else. You'll go back in time through communist propaganda, be inspired by amazing art exhibits, learn about traditional medicine and possibly even peruse China's history of the automobile - all customized based on your interests. This tour includes an authentic local lunch and your guide will pick you up and drop you off at your desired location for an easy, enjoyable day. Please note: if your desire museum is Shanghai Auto Museum, please inform us when you book the tour due to the reservation ahead and this museum is out of city area, therefore, you are not able to visit 3 sites in total. Please feel free to discuss other interested spots with your personal guide.
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  • 8 hours
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  • Taking safety measures
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$199.00
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$199.00
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Private Modern Art Shanghai Tour with Chinese Lunch

Private Modern Art Shanghai Tour with Chinese Lunch

As the biggest hub connecting China with the world, Shanghai has more profound modern art gene than you imagine. In this tour, we will take you to M50 Moganshan Road art zone,Tianzifang,1933 Shanghai,Duolun Road,Shanghai Art Museum. A fabulous choice for art lovers. Our services: 1.Non shoppinng tour 2.No tourist traps 3.No hidding fee 4.The best use of time 5.Your own Private tour 6.Flexible itinerary 7.Licensed guides and tour vehicles 8.Unbeatable price and 5 stars service
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$199.47
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$199.47
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4-Hour Shanghai Art Tour including Former French Concession and Long Museum

4-Hour Shanghai Art Tour including Former French Concession and Long Museum

Particularly for first-time visitors who don’t speak Chinese, a private guide can transform the Shanghai experience. Say no to hustlers and discover the city on this door-to-door private tour. Admire the Long Art Museum, Taikang Road and Former French Concession. Choose from morning or afternoon tours, depending on your schedule.
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  • 4 hours
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$118.00
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$118.00
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Private Full Day Tour: Shanghai Amazing Arts Scene

Private Full Day Tour: Shanghai Amazing Arts Scene

This unique tour includes a range of Shanghai's most interesting art venues from street art to historic antiquities. A must-see tour for any enthusiast who wants to explore China's rich culture of many art forms. This private tour is flexible based on your interests and you can choose which sites to visit as well as how long you'd like to stay at each site. An authentic local lunch is included and your guide and driver will pick you up and drop you off at your location for an easy, enjoyable day.
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  • 8 hours
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$199.00
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$199.00
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