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T+L's Definitive Guide to Shanghai

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Four destinations for culture hounds.

Moganshan Road: Moganshan Road, Shanghai’s version of SoHo, New York, is a warren of warehouses turned galleries. Among the best: ShanghArt, the country’s first to participate in major fairs such as Art Basel; the avant-garde OV Gallery; and photography-driven M97 Gallery

Rockbund Art Museum: With an eye-catching Art Deco façade and revamped interiors by London-based architect David Chipperfield, the Bund’s only contemporary art gallery has become one of the city’s most noteworthy institutions. Experimental temporary shows are the draw, by international talents like Italian multimedia artist Paola Pivi and Beijing-based ones like painter Zeng Fanzhi.

Fuxing Park: A former private garden during the Ming dynasty, this green oasis in the Former French Concession is a prime spot for people-watching, with couples practicing the fox-trot, families playing badminton, and elderly women belting out Chinese opera. 516 Fuxing Zhong Rd.

Power Station of Art: The opening of this mammoth museum last year made Shanghai a permanent fixture on China’s culture map. Built in an old power station, the 443,000-square-foot venue played host to the 2012 Shanghai Biennale and is the first public museum on the mainland to showcase contemporary Chinese art.

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