Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre

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Photograph: Yang Xiaozhe
868 Huashan Lu
The basement of an unmarked residential tower block just off Huashan Lu is an unlikely location for one of Shanghai's best museums.

But the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre is just that, with owner Yang Peiming drawing together a vast, fascinating collection of over 5,000 propaganda posters, many rescued from recycling centres and rubbish bins and spanning from the early days of the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949 to the end of the Cultural Revolution in the late 1970s.

Although small, it gives an absorbing insight into China's recent history, often ignored by the bigger museums, and is a definite must-see for Shanghai residents and visitors alike.

The gift shop is also a worthwhile stop, selling original and reproduction prints of many of the posters on display (from 250RMB) as well as mementos of Cultural Revolution-era daily life such as ration tokens, ceramic bike plates which read 'serve the people' and used copies of the Little Red Book from the 1960s.

Note: Enter the residential compound via the Zhenning Lu entrance and the building housing the museum will be directly in front of you.
Venue name: Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre
Opening hours: 10am-5pm daily
Admission: 20RMB
Metro: Changshu Lu
English address: Basement, Bldg B, 868 Huashan Lu, near Zhenning Lu, Xuhui district
Chinese address: 徐汇区华山路868号B号楼,近镇宁路