What travellers are saying
- Engaging location for live musical performances. The structure both externally and internally interesting to view. The musical hall was comfortable, maybe a little outdated, but adequate. The curvaceous lines of the exterior were carried well within the interior design even into the the concert hall. The staff did not speak English, but were helpful and polite. The program was only in Chinese, but we translated via an APP. The seats were sufficient. Restrooms decent. Easily accessible location by Metro Line 2 or by car. The location is beautiful but does not lend itself to an after concert drink or dinner, one must travel some. We purchased tickets on-line and they were delivered promptly, as promised. Our evening was very enjoyable.Written 6 December 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Was a wonderful thing to do in a rainy afternoon! The exhibit was interesting and the multimedia was very nice! We got an extra treat because the artist was actually working on a piece!Written 11 December 2015This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I made the trip out to Jiading on a Sunday afternoon to check out the Shanghai Poly Grand Theatre (SHPGT), which is located between two man-made waterways in Jiading district, 12 miles northwest of Shanghai's center.
It is a delightful place - good enough to fill 1-2 hours, if you stroll through the cavernous complex and it's surroundings.
Designed by reknowned Japanese architect, Tadao Ando, the theatre features a minimalist look, encased with glass and aluminium. There are five large openings carved through the building, creating a series of public spaces that are exposed to the open air, but sheltered from rain. True to Ando's style, SHPGT is characterised by the use of raw concrete, dramatic play of natural light, and forms that follow the landscape.
There is a large man-made waterway just beside the theater, with several pathways & bridges, for people to take a leisurely stroll along... Away from the crowds in downtown Shanghai.
This place is not a typical Shanghai attraction but a haven for architecture and photography buffs.Written 1 July 2018This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I definitely wish I had read up on this before going.
Let’s highlight the positives:
- super attentive to detail! The sets are just gorgeous, so intricate and thoughtful. I loved the subtle chinese touches.
- the actors (or dancers?) are mesmerizing and you’re left wanting more from them.
- overall, very organized and worth the expensive ticket price
Things to know before going...
- it’s a little weird.
- you will experience this on your own, even if you come with a group of people.
- plan to stay for the full 3 hours and pick a meeting point and time after to meet your friends/family. There’s no service in the building and your phone will be locked up in one of the bags they provide you.
- you’ll spend the first 30-45 minutes really confused
- you will get a little tired.
- there’s A LOT of moving around and walking upstairs. Some scenes had big crowds meaning that it became really hot (you are also wearing a mask provided by the show) and people were pushy.
- Do not drink beforehand. It’s mostly pitch black.
- the bar is expensive and water costs 36 yuan. Drink plenty of water before.
If you’re looking to go and watch a play that’s plot driven, this isn’t for you. If you need to know what’s going on In order to enjoy what you’re experiencing, this isn’t for you. Overall, it’s a good experience. Your experience is entirely unique and you won’t be sure what you missed out on or if you missed anything. Have an open heart, zero expectations, and you’ll have fun!Written 17 November 2019