A few weeks ago we were just completely rained in. Buckets upon buckets. Cats and dogs. You get the picture. Jen and I knew we had to get out of the apartment. After a little bit of research, Jen had come across Shanghai’s budding Arts District: M50. We figured that we’d be safe from the rain as art galleries tend to be inside right? Oh boy we were wrong. With two raincoats and one umbrella, we set out for M50.
The Metro took about 40-50 minutes. M50 is NW of where we are staying in Pudong. It was about a 10 minute walk from the Zhongtan Lu station to Moganshan Lu where M50 is located. And yes, still raining. We were coming from the North so we didn’t happen to see any street sign. But I have been taking pictures of Google Maps on my phone (because no Google at this point in China). We followed what the map had laid out and worked our way around.
What we did happen upon was some amazing graffiti . And if you know me, you know that I love some street art.
Why is it called M50? Well the address is actually 50 Moganshan Lu.
English address 50 Moganshan Lu, near Xi Suzhou Lu, Putuo district
Chinese address 普陀区莫干山路50号6号楼1楼近西苏州路
Hours: 10am-6pm Tue-Sun – we went on a Saturday, a lot of the galleries were closed, so maybe try a visit during the week.
We walked down Moganshan Lu and saw all of the above street art. We didn’t realize that we were in the M50 area until we started seeing a few galleries. There were a few pretty cool sculptures outside.
Here I am by one of the galleries that was sadly closed – umbrella in hand!
Like I said above we had walked in from the north, so with that we didn’t happen to see any of the signs for M50 until we had already been in it. Pretty cool collective of 20-30 buildings with some stores, art galleries and restaurants/coffee shops. Here’s what the M50 signs did look like when we finally saw them while leaving.
Certainly worth a visit. Try during the week, more might be open!