Ideal for those wanting to find out more about the rich and colourful history of the city, the Shanghai Municipal History Museum offers a unique insight into the events that helped shape Shanghai. Inaugurated in 1983, the museum is home to over 30,000 cultural relics and highlights the period between 1860 and 1949, when the city was under colonial rule. There are dioramas of such areas as the Huangpu River and models of famous city buildings here as well. Those in search of Shanghai hotel accommodation that lets you easily explore the city can stay at The Peninsula Shanghai. This elegant 5 star hotel Shanghai offers luxurious accommodation along with a range of contemporary comforts.