This museum boasts 120,000 Chinese art pieces and archaeological findings. Permanent exhibits feature bronze, ceramics and paintings, among other artifacts. Other facilities include a library with 20,000 books, a conservation laboratory and a lecture room. There is a gift shop on the first floor, a tea house and several antique and curio stalls. The building itself is an architectural showpiece, resembling an ancient tripod when viewed sideways. The rooftop with glassed dome is modeled on a Han Dynasty mirror.
At a height of 468 meters (1,535 feet), the Oriental Pearl TV Tower is the world's sixth tallest and possibly one of its most unique. Set on the banks of the Huangpu River, this stunning landmark is an intriguing silhouette of magnanimous spheres balanced on slender columns that soar high above the city streets. Each of the three largest spheres feature an observation deck that grants panoramic views of Shanghai from varying heights, while the glass-bottomed walkway promises to thrill. The Oriental Pearl TV Tower also houses shops, entertainment venues and a hotel as well as the Revolving Restaurant and the Municipal History Museum. Often likened to pearls on a string, this iconic landmark adorns Shanghai's glittering city skyline like a radiant jewel of spectacular proportions.
The Shanghai Grand Theatre is a magnificent addition to the city's arts and culture scene. On the northwest side of the busy People's Square, this architecturally striking and modern theater, hosts major international concerts and performances. It has played host to the Russian Kirov Ballet and the British Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Visitors can buy a ticket to tour the building, however, they would do better to purchase a ticket for a performance and have a look around for free.
The Shanghai Stadium, seating 80,000 spectators, helps to define Shanghai as a first-class sporting city. The multi-functional stadium was built in 1997, but was beautifully renovated for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics as a football venue. Besides sporting events, the stadium also hosts occasional concerts. A gigantic color display screen, a video monitoring and display system, security, a medical center and a media center are among its world-class facilities. The upscale Regal Shanghai East Asia Hotel and a modern aquatic center is uniquely situated inside.
Zhen Yang is a large and relatively new complex in Shanghai. It has 32 lanes and peak times are often in the early evenings, when the cost of a game dips to all-time lows.
The main purpose of this state-run museum is the study and promotion of the innumerable artworks in the Liu Hai Su collection. Liu Hai Su was an renowned artist and his works can be seen here as the permanent exhibition. In addition, the museum regularly features temporary exhibitions, some of which show pieces from well known international institutions. The Art Center also hosts a dancing school and an antique furniture shop. A little bookstore here deals mostly with Chinese literature.