The increasing popularity of art collecting among Chinese citizens in recent years has led to the establishment of many private museums and art galleries dotted around the country.
In Jiading, a district of Shanghai, no fewer than 38 private museums and galleries have sprung up. They constitute a vital window onto the arts and have become an important part of Jiading's cultural sector, one neatly complementing government run galleries.
Here we take a close look at some of the area's most enticing private cultural sites.
Shanghai Zhuyun Art Museum
Bamboo carving works on display at the Shanghai Zhuyun Art Museum in the city's Jiading district. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]
Shanghai Zhuyun Art Museum covers a total area of 2,000 square meters and has been open to the general public since September 2008. It is focused on displaying Jiading's local culture, art, and history.
Exhibits include over 70 paintings and works of calligraphy by famed Jiading artists dating back to the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. The museum also includes more than 10 Jiading bamboo carving works and ancient books.
Address: No 1375, Xinyuan Road, Anting town, Jiading district, Shanghai