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8 strangest Shanghai museums II

Shanghai Postal Museum

Admission: Free

Why it's odd but awesome: The museum itself is almost as compelling as its contents: it’s housed in a colonial-era post office, with a majestic glass atrium. The carefully-laid out displays detail the stories of the early post scouts, showcase tortoise shells and bamboo with inscribed messages, and include clay seals that ensured mail privacy.

But, according to one security guard, the best part is the rooftop deck: “It’s a great view, from the Bund to Lujiazui,” he says. The deck will reopen in the spring of 2011.

Don't leave without seeing: Yellowed letters postmarked from the former concessions which is one of popular attractions in Shanghai for your China travel deals.

Shanghai Museum of Public Security

Admission price: RMB 8

Why it's odd but awesome: This expansive museum -- which contains 8,000 items -- follows the history of China’s public security forces from the mid-19th century to the present.

Visitors who join China vacation packageswander through the spacious halls past wax figurines of diverse patrol officers: Indians, British and Chinese. There’s everything from badges and uniforms to propaganda posters and full-sized emergency vehicles.

Don't leave without seeing: Sun Yat-sen’s personal sidearm.

Shanghai Museum of Public Security, 518 Ruijin Nan Lu, near Xietu Lu, +86 21 6472 0256, hours: Monday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum

Admission: RMB 50 (adults)

Why it's odd but awesome: This museum is housed in the former Ohel Moshe synagogue, which Russian Jews built in 1927. The original place of worship is on the first floor, while the upper floors showcase Jewish-related artwork. There’s also a searchable database of Jews who lived in Shanghai.

The best part is the exterior exhibition halls which detail the personal stories of escape and sanctuary during Wold War II.

“I’m proud of the history in our district,” says Hongkou resident Miley Yin, a volunteer tour guide and college student.

Don't leave without seeing: The story of one Jewish man’s lost Shanghai love, a woman named "Ms. Wong." Apparently, Wong left him for someone whom she thought was a foreign oil executive, only to find that man just owned a Texas gas station.

If you want to know more, you can contact with China tour agents.

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