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Shanghai Museum

Created in the shape of an enormous traditional cooking pot, Shanghai’s premier museum serves up the finest of China’s ancient arts, cultures and philosophy.

The Shanghai Museum is located in People’s Square in the center of the city. The museum is divided into 11 galleries and three exhibition halls displaying ancient Chinese artifacts and art. Before entering the museum, notice the exterior design with its round dome and square base. This shape symbolizes the ancient concept of a round heaven and square land.

Wander through the galleries to see ancient bronzes, ceramics, paintings, calligraphy, sculptures, jade, coins and furniture from the various dynasties. The ancient ceramics collection is one of the most treasured collections in the museum. Examine more than 500 pieces from throughout the ages. Highlights include pottery from the Neolithic age and Tang Dynasty, primitive celadon from the Shang, Zhou and Warring states, and painted porcelain from the Song, Jin and Liao dynasties.

Make your way to the Gallery of Chinese Ancient Sculptures to see the collection of priceless Buddhist statues, many of them carved from jade. The Gallery of Chinese Seals is also worth a look. It illustrates the importance of seals through Chinese history, from the Western Zhou to the end of the Qing Dynasty. There are nearly 7,000 pieces on display in the gallery, including Chinese coins, demonstrating the growth of economic exchange between China and foreign nations.

The Shanghai Museum is open daily and admission is free, but visitor numbers are limited each day, so be prepared to wait in a queue. Allow at least 1.5 hours to see the main collections. To reach the museum, take the metro or bus to People’s Square station.

If you have time, the Shanghai Art Museum, Shanghai Grand Theater and People’s Square are all close by and can be combined for a great day of history and culture.


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Sofitel Shanghai Hyland ¥6,733
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.

    Campanile Shanghai Bund Hotel ¥3,998
    Campanile Shanghai Bund Hotel

    Campanile Shanghai Bund Hotel

    No.33 Fujian S Rd, Huangpu Qu, Shanghai
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Shanghai, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Yuyuan Bazaar, The Bund, and Nanjing Road Shopping District. Yu Garden and Shanghai Old Street are also within 15 minutes. Yuyuan Garden Station is only a 3-minute walk and Dashijie Station is 13 minutes.

      Andaz Xintiandi Shanghai - a concept by Hyatt ¥12,909
      Andaz Xintiandi Shanghai - a concept by Hyatt

      Andaz Xintiandi Shanghai - a concept by Hyatt

      88 Songshan Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Huai Hai Road Shopping District, Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre, and Former French Concession. People's Square and Shanghai Museum are also within 15 minutes. Laoximen Station is only a 5-minute walk and Xintiandi Station is 10 minutes.

        The Langham, Shanghai, Xintiandi ¥13,769
        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. People's Square and Shanghai Museum are also within 15 minutes. South Huangpi Road Station is only a 4-minute walk and Xintiandi Station is 7 minutes.

          Jinjiang Inn Shanghai Huaihai Road East ¥4,655
          Jinjiang Inn Shanghai Huaihai Road East

          Jinjiang Inn Shanghai Huaihai Road East

          No.293 Yuanan Road (S), Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Downtown Shanghai, this hotel is steps from Huai Hai Road Shopping District and Shanghai Museum. People's Square and Nanjing Road Shopping District are also within 15 minutes. Dashijie Station is only a 5-minute walk and Yuyuan Garden Station is 8 minutes.

            Metropolo Classiq Shanghai Peoples Square Hotel
            Metropolo Classiq Shanghai Peoples Square Hotel

            Metropolo Classiq Shanghai Peoples Square Hotel

            123 South Xizang Road, Shanghai, Shanghai
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Downtown Shanghai, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Shanghai Museum, People's Square, and Huai Hai Road Shopping District. Nanjing Road Shopping District and Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Dashijie Station is only a 2-minute walk and Yuyuan Garden Station is 12 minutes.

              The Phoenix Hostel Shanghai ¥2,284
              The Phoenix Hostel Shanghai

              The Phoenix Hostel Shanghai

              17 South Yun Nan Road, Shanghai
                 
                2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Shanghai, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Shanghai Museum and People's Square. Former French Concession and Xintiandi Style Shoppping Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Dashijie Station is only a 4-minute walk and Yuyuan Garden Station is 10 minutes.

                Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre ¥8,455
                Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre

                Shanghai Marriott Hotel City Centre

                555 Middle Xizang Road, (Close to Nanjing), Huangpu District, Shanghai, Shanghai
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Downtown Shanghai, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nanjing Road Shopping District and People's Square. The Bund is 3.5 mi (5.6 km) away. People's Square Station is only a 5-minute walk and Dashijie Station is 13 minutes.