Shanghai's most iconic entertainment complex—Great World 大世界—is reopening its doors to the public on March 31. In soft opening since December of last year, it admitted only the media and invited guests during its trial period.
Built in 1917, the 16,800sqm complex was Shanghai's biggest, most famous and most influential indoor amusement arcade. During its prime in the 1920s and early 1930s, it easily saw 20,000 visitors passed through its doors daily.
It was the site of the Great World bombing in 1937. August 14, 1937, also known as "Black Saturday", was the second day of the Battle of Shanghai between the Republic of China and the Empire of Japan. A Republic of China Air Force bomber pilot accidentally released two bombs over the building, killing and injuring about two thousand people.
It shut down during the Cultural Revolution, then was later re-established in 1981, before closing once more in 2003 due to the SARS epidemic.
The Great World's latest rebirth will not reprise its previous role as an indoors entertainment venue. Instead, it will play host to a selection of intangible cultural heritages, both from China and from around the world. The building will keep its four floors, divided into exhibition and performance halls, libraries, learning areas, VR platforms, restaurants, and more.
Tickets will cost RMB60/pax. The venue will be closed on Wednesdays.
What: The Great World
Where: 1 Xizang Nan Lu (near Yan'an Dong Lu) 西藏南路1号 (近延安东路)
How Much: RMB60/pax
Opening times: Sun-Thurs 10am-6pm (last entry 5pm)
Fri & Sat 10am-6pm, 7pm-10pm (last entry 9pm)
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