Tipped to be one of the must-see highlights on a tour of China’s second largest city, the Shanghai Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is an iconic addition to the global phenomenon gracing a mere six sites across the world. Tucked away on the 10th floor of World Mansion in West Nanjing Road, the Chinese edition of this world renowned attraction is a truly mesmerizing space devoted to pop culture fanatics. Established nearly six years ago in 2006 this glittering point of interest has been attracting literally hundreds of visitors who seem unable to pass up the opportunity to snap memorable photographs with their favourite idols.
Boasting an extensive collection of life-like life size wax figurines, Madame Tussauds Shanghai now includes more than 80 wax sculptures depicting world class musicians, actors, athletes, politicians and even local heroes. Divided into seven thematic galleries, the sections of the museum are named Historic Celebrities, Sports, Behind the Scenes, Speed, Music, Charm of Shanghai and Movies.
Some of the venue’s most popular figures include Tom Cruise, Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, Jackie Chan, David Beckham and local legends Yao Ming, Guo Jingjing and Liu Xiang. Other hot-pick wax figures include those of Diana, Princess of Wales, President Barack Obama, Winston Churchill, Bill Gates, Charlie Chaplin, Audrey Hepburn, Albert Einstein and Elvis Presley while golfing great Tiger Woods and action heroes Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are other crowd favourites.
The Scream Hall is perhaps the most innovative attraction at Madame Tussauds Shanghai as wax figures in this gallery perform and ‘come to life’ in a surreal manner to spook guests like never before. Those who wish to take home a souvenir of their celebrity encounters at the museum can mould wax figures of their own hands in an interactive exhibit that allows visitors to understand the process of creating true-to-life wax figurines much like the Behind the Scenes pavilion which explores the workmanship in more detail.
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