Guanfu Museum is a Hidden Gem in the Shanghai Tower

The stylish Guanfu museum in Shanghai is well worth a visit. Located on the 37th floor of the Shanghai Tower (China’s tallest building – and the second tallest in the world), the Guanfu museum combines well with a visit to the dizzying heights of the observation deck on floor 118. The Shanghai branch is a relatively recent addition to the private Guanfu Museum, which started in Beijing and was among the first private museums to open in China after 1949.

The institution offers five distinct galleries filled with Chinese antiquities, where visitors can enjoy over 500 artifacts including gold, Buddhist art, furniture, silk and an especially impressive ceramic collection from the Song Dynasty (960-1279). Founded by famous collector Ma Weidu, the museum boasts a rather spectacular 480 square meter ballroom with an enamel floor, which entered the Guinness World Records as the World’s largest, taking 321,681 hours to complete.

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