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MOCA Shanghai

Shanghai’s contemporary art museum brings to light the works of some of China’s thought-provoking creative minds.

Encased in floor-to-ceiling glass, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) Shanghai was established in 2005 as the city’s first non-profit, independently-operated contemporary art institution. Situated in the People’s Park, this light-filled museum showcases the latest in contemporary art, as well as retrospectives ranging from animation to fashion design.

Wander up the sweeping ground-to-first-floor ramp to admire paintings, sculptures and installations by well-known and up-and-coming Chinese and international artists. On the third floor you’ll find MoCA’s “living exhibition,” a restaurant and bar called the Art Lab. Enjoy cocktails and cuisine amid contemporary artworks, music and design, all with a rooftop view over the city.

For a deeper understanding of the various artworks on display, join a guided tour. Lectures, discussions and creative saloons also feature as part of the exhibition programs. These talks are a great way to meet fellow art-lovers from all over the world.

MoCA Shanghai is not just for adults; there are plenty of activities to keep children entertained as well. Art teachers hold afternoon art activities in the Kid’s Corner on weekends, and there are art history, art appreciation and hands-on creative art classes for grown-ups too.

Pick up a souvenir from the museum shop, which features the creations of local designers and artists.
MoCA offers discounted admission fees for students, seniors and groups. Phone the museum to check the dates and prices of tours and activities. No flash photography is allowed in the museum.

The People’s Park is located in downtown Shanghai. MoCA Shanghai is close to a number of other museums, coffee shops and restaurants in the park. Surrounding buildings include the Municipal Government Headquarters, the Shanghai Grand Theater, the Shanghai Art Museum and the Shanghai Museum. People’s Park is well serviced by public transport.


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The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi ¥13,738
The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi

The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi

No.99 Madang Road, Luwan District, Shanghai, Shanghai
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Former French Concession and K11 Art Mall. Shanghai Museum and Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre are also within 15 minutes. South Huangpi Road Station is only a 4-minute walk and Xintiandi Station is 7 minutes.

    JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Tomorrow Square ¥11,808
    JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Tomorrow Square

    JW Marriott Hotel Shanghai Tomorrow Square

    399 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shanghai Grand Theatre, People's Square, and Nanjing Road Shopping District. Renmin Park and Huanghe Road are also within 15 minutes. People's Square Station is 9 minutes by foot and Dashijie Station is 10 minutes.

      Kempinski The One Suites Hotel Shanghai Downtown ¥13,677
      Kempinski The One Suites Hotel Shanghai Downtown

      Kempinski The One Suites Hotel Shanghai Downtown

      Fengyang Road, No. 601, Shanghai, Shanghai
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shanghai Natural History Museum, Nanjing Road Shopping District, and People's Square. Jing'an Temple and Former French Concession are also within 2 mi (3 km). West Nanjing Road Station is 7 minutes by foot and People's Square Station is 12 minutes.

        The Sukhothai Shanghai ¥16,643
        The Sukhothai Shanghai

        The Sukhothai Shanghai

        380 Weihai Road, Jing'an District, Shanghai
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Shanghai Grand Theatre, Shanghai Natural History Museum, and Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre. Jing'an Temple and Yu Garden are also within 3 mi (5 km). South Huangpi Road Station is 6 minutes by foot and Dashijie Station is 15 minutes.

          The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan ¥19,691
          The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan

          The St. Regis Shanghai Jingan

          1008 West Beijing Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Jing'an, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Jing'an Temple, Former French Concession, and Nanjing Road Shopping District. People's Square and Yu Garden are also within 3 mi (5 km). West Nanjing Road Station is 6 minutes by foot and Changping Road Station is 14 minutes.

            The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai ¥8,669
            The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai

            The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai

            No. 740 Hankou Road, People's Square, Shanghai, Shanghai
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of West Nanjing Road and Nanjing Road Shopping District. People's Square and Yu Garden are also within 2 mi (3 km). People's Square Station is only a 4-minute walk and Dashijie Station is 11 minutes.

              Sofitel Shanghai Hyland ¥7,294
              Sofitel Shanghai Hyland

              Sofitel Shanghai Hyland

              505 Nanjing Road East, Shanghai, Shanghai
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Shanghai, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District, People's Square, and Yu Garden. Former French Concession and Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre are also within 2 mi (3 km). East Nanjing Road Station is 6 minutes by foot and Yuyuan Garden Station is 8 minutes.

                Shanghai Rainbow No.4 ¥6,660
                Shanghai Rainbow No.4

                Shanghai Rainbow No.4

                No. 360 Bei Jing Xi Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Shanghai, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of West Nanjing Road, Nanjing Road Shopping District, and People's Square. Former French Concession and Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre are also within 2 mi (3 km). People's Square Station is only a 3-minute walk and Xinzha Road Station is 11 minutes.