Showcasing a collection of more than 1,000 of the stuffed bears on more than 10,000 square meters, the Teddy Bear Museum offers visitors a glimpse at a handful of rare and antique teddy bears, including a Titanic memorial bear, one of only 600 produced.
But more of the galleries showcase posed scenes, in which teddy bears stand in for humans.
In one scene they are shown celebrating traditional Chinese holidays, in another they're working on the steppes of grasslands, and in another, visiting the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors as tourists (rather inaccurately, as they're shown in the pits with the statues, firmly forbidden at the actual site of the Terracotta Warriors).
Still other teddy bears are shown acting out scenes from recent and ancient history and literature, both Chinese (Three Kingdoms and Journey to the West ) and from other countries (a day at the Colosseum, at Machu Picchu, at the Taj Mahal, and the 1917 Russian Revolution, replete with a teddy bear Lenin).
There are teddy bears dressed as the Beatles and a teddy bear landing on the moon. The teddy bears also re-enact the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
Deeper into the museum, the absurdity of the gallery themes progresses.
There is "Sea World," where visitors can see a teddy bear seaside wedding, mermaid teddy bears, and teddy bears in diving gear playing with dolphins at a visit to the ocean park. A sexy teddy bear mermaid with long blond hair and an iridescent green bikini top sits in a giant clam shell atop a rock ledge in her own glass case.
The Sculpture Gallery houses replicas of well-known classical sculptures, complete with missing limbs and — you guessed it — teddy bear heads.
Surprise, surprise, in the Painting Gallery are remakes of paintings like the Mona Lisa and The Scream in which teddy bears sit in for the originals' more famous subjects.
Finally, there is the "Trick Art Space" which seems to mostly diverge from the teddy bear theme; it's simply a room full of optical-illusion art.
But the most ironic section might be the Panda Hall, in which teddy bear tourists visit a stuffed-animal version of the Panda Research Base to learn about pandas.
This hall is complete with stuffed-animal versions of freshly born pandas and full-grown pandas playing with Sichuan opera masks.
In the weeks leading up to the museum's opening, teddy bear flash mobs were spotted at Kuan Xiangzi, Chunxi Lu, the East Music Park and on the subway, in which people dressed up in teddy-bear costumes danced the Gangnam Style and posed for photos with onlookers.
Entrance: RMB60 or RMB155 for two parents and child
Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Jinma International Sports City, 555 Taiji Dadao (Qishi Dadao), Wenjiang
Take Metro Line 2 Shuhan Lu East Station and transfer to bus line 37 to Wanjiawan station (万家湾公交站) or 761 to Jinma International Gymnasium (金马国际体育城) or bus line 58, 175, 197, or 334 directly to the Wanjiawan stop.