Just east of the Art Museum is the north gate to lovely Renmin Park (人民公园, rénmín gōngyuán). It’s surprisingly quiet, with rocky paths winding between shady groves and alongside ponds – the only sign that you are in the heart of a modern city is the view of skyscrapers looming above the treetops. Crossing the lotus pond brings you to the glass-walled Museum of Contemporary Art (上海当代, 艺术馆 shànghăi dāngdài yìshùguăn). This attractive, privately funded museum has no permanent collection but its themed shows are imaginatively curated, and the museum holds regular talks and tours; check the website for details.

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