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Updated: 2013-08-28

3.Arts and museums

Shanghai Grand Theatre

The Theatre is located at the intersection of People's Boulevard and South Huangpi Rd on northern part of People's Square, in the Huangpu district. It was designed by the French architect Jean-Marie Charpentier on an 11,528-square-meter area, with the interior design work by Studios Architecture. It opened in 1998.

Its unique style and beautiful exterior have made it a characteristic building of the city and have virtually made People's Square into the center of politics and culture.

The theatre has 10 stories, two underground and two for a loft Area, giving it the look of a crystal palace at night as the arc-shaped roof joins coherently the light-sensitive glass curtain wall. Its lobby, approximately 2,000 square meters, is mainly white in tone, signifying elegance and purity, with a large chandelier shaped like six pan-pipes, suspended in the middle. The floor is made of a rare "Greece Crystal White" marble with a pattern like a piano, which, together with the pillars and the stairs, speaks of rhythm. Being inside, is really like being in a musical world.

Address: 300 People's Boulevard, Huangpu district

Tel: (86)-021- 6386-8686

Website: www.shgtheatre.com

Shanghai Museum

This museum of ancient Chinese art is situated on People's Square, in the Huangpu district. Work on the building began in August 1993 and the museum itself opened on Oct 12, 1996. It is 29.5 meters high, with five floors, covering a 39,200-square–meter area.

It was designed by a local architect in the shape of an ancient, bronze, tripod cooking vessel, called a ding, with the inspiration for the design said to have come from the da ke ding, which is exhibited in the museum. The building has round top and square base to symbolize the classical Chinese notion of the world as a "round sky, square earth". It holds more than 120,000 pieces of bronze, ceramic, calligraphy, furniture, jade, coins, paintings, seals, sculptures, minority art and foreign art, in 11 galleries and three special temporary halls. The permanent galleries are the Ancient Chinese Bronze, Ancient Chinese Sculpture, Ancient Chinese Ceramics, Ancient Chinese Jade, Ancient Chinese Paintings, Ancient Chinese Calligraphy, Ancient Chinese Seals, Ancient Chinese Numismatics, Chinese Furniture of the Ming and Qing dynasties, and Chinese Ethnic Arts and Crafts. It also houses several items of national importance, including one of three extant specimens of a "transparent" bronze mirror from the Han Dynasty.

Address: 201 People's Ave

Tel: (86)-021-6372-3500, 9696-8686

Hours: 9 am- 5 pm

Website: www.shanghaimuseum.net

Contemporary Art Museum

This museum (MOCA) is the first non-profit, independently operated contemporary art institution in Shanghai, with Shanghai municipal government backing, funded by the Samuel Kung Foundation and managed by a local and international team with extensive curatorial and administrative experience. The MOCA is intended to promote Chinese and international contemporary art and to take the lead in nurturing an appreciation of Chinese and international contemporary art and design. It is also a museum for the people, in historic People's Park, and a popular place for Shanghai residents and overseas visitors as well.

Address: People's Park, 231 Nanjing Rd

Tel: (86)-021-6327-9900

Website: www.mocashanghai.org

Xuhui Art Museum

This is a public cultural institution with a long history behind it, consisting of two exhibition halls, situated at 1413 Huaihai Rd. It covers many fields, with exquisite works of art, academic research, various exhibitions, and the popularization of culture, beauty, and education.

Another subsidiary museum, the Tushanwan Art Museum, at 8 Tinlian Rd (E), is a 3-story oval steel building, with an exhibition hall of nearly 1,200 square meters and is a multi-purpose cultural institution chiefly for the display of Chinese and foreign works of art, as well as art exchanges and academic research on modern, in vogue, creative features.

Tian Zi Workshop

This workshop is on Taikang Rd, an old street dotted with local shikumen-style houses, a symbol of Shanghai folk culture. The building was a factory in the 1950s, but 20,000 square meters of the old building were renovated in May 2000. In now shows interior design, visual arts, arts and crafts and attracts people from various countries.

Address: 210 Taikang Rd