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MoCA Shanghai

The Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai is a contemporary art museum in the city of Shanghai, China. It is located within People's Park, north of People's Square. The museum has focused on the promotion of Chinese and international contemporary art with a set of diverse exhibitions that include both well-known and fledgling contemporary Chinese artists, as well as retrospectives for leading names of the fashion and creative world.


Arguable the most unmissable sight Shanghai, the Bund in all its lit up glory at night is a breathtaking sight for any visitor. An iconic symbol of Shanghai for hundreds of years, the majestic historical buildings on the west of the Bund hark back to a more romantic age, while the towering, modern skyscrapers of Pudong on the other side of the Huangpu river, signals the progressiveness and unbridled future of China.


A surprisingly interesting museum, the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Centre documents the evolution of the city, shedding light on its history as well. A perfectly to scale model of the entire city is on display on the 6th floor. The impressive centerpiece showcases all existing and approved buildings, giving visitors a glimpse into Shanghai’s idealized future.


Red Town is a creative zone that occupies what used to be a steel factory. It houses the Shanghai Sculpture Museum, the Minsheng Art Museum and numerous other galleries, offices, cafes and shops. On a good weather day, a picnic on the grassy central areas amongst the interesting freestanding sculptures would be lovely.


Moganshan Road is a contemporary art district in Shanghai that houses over 120 galleries and art studios open to the public. It was formerly a disused industrial space before local artists moved in because of cheap rent. Some of Shanghai’s best contemporary art galleries can be found here including the influential ShanghART that represents over 40 Chinese artists and the stellar M97 Gallery which exhibits contemporary and fine art photography across all genres.


The Rockbund Art Museum is a contemporary art space on the Bund that doesn’t house any permanent collections, but plays host to some of the most successful and influential Chinese and international contemporary artists. As an organization dedicated to supporting contemporary art production and creativity, it also organizes numerous events and lectures. The beautifully restored Art Deco building itself is also an attraction.


A unique and underrated museum hidden in the basement of a residential building, the Propaganda Poster Art Centre is one man’s private collection of 5,000 propaganda posters. They date back from the founding of People’s Republic of China in 1949, to the end of the Cultural Revolution in the late 1970s. It provides an excellent peek into China’s recent history and it is a must see for any visitor to Shanghai.


The Shanghai Museum houses over 120,000 pieces of ancient Chinese art, and its curious shape is actually in the form of a ding – an ancient bronze cooking vessel. The permanent exhibits include galleries on bronze, ceramics, calligraphy, furniture from the Ming and Qing dynasties, jade, ancient coins, paintings and minority art.


For a little side trip, Qibao Ancient Town is a water town within Greater Shanghai that also houses a popular food street amongst local Shanghainese. Its origins date back to over a thousand years during the Five Dynasties period. Other than sampling a wide array of traditional snacks, you can also pick up some traditional arts and crafts like calligraphy, or catch a shadow play. Bonus: It is the nearest water town from Shanghai’s city centre and just a convenient metro ride away.