Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

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The Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, located in the city Centre in People’s Square, is a popular tourist attraction. It is ranked #10 amongst the 800+ attractions in Shanghai.  

The building was opened in 2000 with the theme ‘City, People, Environment, and Development,’ to showcase the city’s municipal layout and blueprint for its long-term planning for urban development. The seven-floor building (five floors, plus two basement floors) shows the historical past, the dynamic current, and the cutting-edge future development of Shanghai, using lifelike large scale models, audio guides, virtual reality, cutting edge technology like fantasy-view magic vision, and stimulating presentation to document the remarkable transformation of Shanghai from a small fishing village to a super-modern metropolis.

Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center is used for multiple functions such as exhibitions, reference work, education, research, training, environment awareness, communication, recreation, and entertainment.

The design of the building is inspired by traditional Chinese aesthetics mixed with modern notes, using design elements like ancient Chinese city gates, and a structure shaped like a magnolia (the city flower of Shanghai) blooming on the roof of the building.

The building was awarded the ‘Luban Cup’, the highest Chinese award in the field of architecture.

Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

Basic Information

Type: Museum; Exhibition Hall
Entrance Fee: CNY 30 for admission
CNY 40 for special exhibitions
CNY 20 for audio guide (in Chinese, English, French, German, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish)
CNY 200 for a guided tour
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Last admission: 4:00 PM
Closed on Mondays except on public holidays
Services Available: Cloak-room; Wheelchairs, walking sticks and special hallways; Baby carriages
Recommended Visiting Time: 2-3 hours
Best Time to Visit: Year-round      

7 Things to Do in Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

  1. Basement 1: See the 1930s Shanghai-Style Street to be transported to the richness of old Shanghai of the 1930s with its typical traditional buildings.
  2. First Floor: See the landmark models in the lobby on Floor 1, which show the birth of the main distinct landmarks in Shanghai during each period.
  3. Interlayer: The Interlayer between the first floor and the second recounts the historical and cultural changes that have taken place in Shanghai over the past 100 years. 3D models and interactive multimedia devices depicting the richness of old and modern Shanghai include models of the 12 historic protection zones in Shanghai; a photo-story of the history of the Bund; and videos featuring the urban history of Shanghai and the beauty of Yu Garden.
  4. Second Floor: Visit the Hall for Temporary Exhibitions, which holds frequent art and cultural exhibitions from more than 10 countries.
  5. Third Floor: On the main floor called the Hall of Master Plans you can see the main exhibit of the building – the model of the Downtown Area of Central Shanghai – depicting the current and future Shanghai.  For a bird’s eye view of the model you can go up to a gallery encircling the big model.
    — A Circular-Screen Demonstration Hall with a 360° 3D screen presentation is an apt way to experience the advanced modernization of Shanghai.
    — The Master Plan & Key Projects Vista shows the development and future progress of the Pudong New Area from 1999 to 2020 with cutting edge 4D glass-less animation.
  6. Fourth Floor: On this floor the Hall of Plans for Specialized and Key Construction Projects uses VR multimedia systems to show future development planning in various municipal fields and sectors including Yangshan Deepwater Port, Integrated Transportation and Urban Planning, Residential Planning, and Urban Tourism.
  7. Fifth Floor: In the Sightseeing Hall, the circular corridor allows a 360° view of People’s Square through the glass windows.  
Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

Tip for Visiting Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

Make good use of the cutting-edge interactive devices here, such as the special photography technique where you can take photos of any part of Shanghai without having to step outside.

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Getting to Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall

By Metro
Take Metro Line 1, Line 2 or Line 8 and get off at People’s Square Station. Get out from Exit 2 or 3, and then you will see the exhibition hall.
By Bus
1. Take bus 18, 49, 108, 167, 312, 318, 451, 454, 537, 930, 980, Tunnel Line 3, or Xinchuan Special Line and get off at People’s Square (Fuzhou Road/ Guangdong Road) Station.
2. Take City Sightseeing Bus Line 2 to get there directly.