Old men in Mao jackets play cards, while small troupes of musicians gather in hidden corners to sing Peking opera classics. The main attraction, however, happens in the center of the park where well-dressed couples show off their ballroom dancing moves.
With its industrial feel and focus on modern art, the museum feels similar to the Tate Modern, and it’s already hosted several major exhibitions, including the Shanghai Biennale and the largest collection of Andy Warhol’s art in Asia.
A playful tapas restaurant where eating a meal feels more like barhopping. Small plates of miso-grilled mackerel with wasabi avocado and cucumber chutney and oysters with Vietnamese dressing are served at the informal tapas bar overlooking the kitchen.
Splurge on a 500-renminbi glass of Yao Ming’s cabernet sauvignon on the rooftop bar at the House of Roosevelt, a neo-Classical building restored by a company run by Theodore Roosevelt’s great-grandson Tweed.
The museum exhibits works by well-known contemporary artists like Cai Guo-Qiang and Zhang Huan and isn’t afraid to take risks: One show featured live monkeys in a cage with a robotic Confucius until the government ordered the primates removed.