It's one of the places that you'll miss if you walk past it. Located in the basement of an apartment building it has an extensive exhibition of propaganda posters published during the cultural revolution. It's a part of Chinese history that can't be found anywhere else in China.
More info can be found here: www.chinasnippets.com/shanghai-cultural/propaganda-poster-art-centre/
Room B-OC, 868 Huashan Rd. Shanghai
Well before London introduced the Oyster card, a similar system was up and running for Shanghai's public transport network. For an initial outlay of 30RMB (about £2) you have a swipe card that you can use on the metro, buses, ferries and taxis. Even for a short trip, the amount of time it saves you from queueing/pushing/arguing/scrabbling for change it's well worth it.
Available to buy and top up from Metro stations, some convenience stores and so on - look for the 'S'-shaped lightning symbol.
Quite probably not-quite-legal, but everyone seems to know about it and it has the best selection of DVDs in the city. It hasn’t been shut down yet, that’s for sure, and this isn't the only Internet discussion board it appears on. With such a wide choice of films, you pay a premium of 2RMB on top of the usual going rate of 8RMB. At 10RMB that’s still under 70p per movie and, trust me, there won't be anything better to watch on TV.
158 Jin Xian Lu, near Shanxi Nan Lu Metro station (Line 1). Find the sign hanging outside on the street, push the big wooden doors and walk straight through the little cafe at the front.
In a city with a very commercial - yet often rather dull - bar scene, this is quite a find. In the smoky lobby area, guests loll on cushions in opium-den style, while the main bar really gets going when the ska does. It's the regular live ska band that makes this bar, though the general feel of illicit pleasures in darkened chambers gives you quite a blast from Shanghai's past.
85 Huating Road, corner of Huaihai Road - right on Changshu Road Subway, exit 1.
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