The Shanghai Museum is truly the best museum on the mainland, having a far superior collection than that offered in the Forbidden City and other venues in Beijing. One could only wonder how much greater the museum would be if many of the best of China's ancient treasures were not removed to Taipei by Chiang Kai-Shek and now showing at the National Museum there.
Still what remains is an impressive collection and one worth a few hours of any trip to Shanghai. The PuDong represents the new Shanghai and new China. This museum will give you an idea of the majesty of the old. It is very convenient by taxi or subway and worth at least a three or four hour tour, provided your schedule permits. For me, after the Bund and Pudong, shopping (of course - the best in China), and along with the Yu Yuan Gardens, the Shanghai Museum is a must-do.
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