258: Shanghai Museum
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Built in the shape of an Chinese cauldron called a ding, used in ancient times for cooking, storage, ritual offerings and as a symbol of political power, Shanghai Museum is a world-famous building housing a rare collection of Chinese artefacts including bronzes, sculptures, ceramics, calligraphy, paintings, coins and more. The Ming and Qing dynasty carved furniture on the fourth floor is particularly worth a look. Entrance is free, which is refreshing, and the museum is well worth a couple of hours. There is a shop in the complex for souvenirs and another is run by the museum next to Xintiandi #214 (see Shanghai Museum Gift Shop #218).