Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Travel Tips: Shanghai Museum in China

As you follow the signboards along the underground mall at People's Square Station in Shanghai, China, it will lead you to the famous attraction site which is known as Shanghai Museum. There are nearly 130,000 pieces of national treasures on display at the museum. If you visit any museums in Beijing, China, you have to pay the entrance fees. However, Shanghai Museum is absolutely free and open to everyone (for the locals and tourists).

Shanghai Museum is always crowded with visitors on weekends thus, it's highly recommended to visit on weekdays. It opens from 9am to 5pm (no entry allowed after 4pm). It is a four levels of different Chinese galleries such as the Sculpture, Painting, Seal, Calligraphy, Jade, Ming and Qing Furniture, Chinese Currency and Chinese Ceramics collections which are very worthy to visit and understand the Chinese history and culture while you are in Shanghai, China.

More information of the Shanghai Museum can be viewed here:


Shanghai Museum



These are some of the selected photos taken at Shanghai Museum for a glimpse:



Ancient Chinese Ceramics Gallery
"This gallery traces the 8,000 years of Chinese ceramics history from the Neolithic Age to the late Qing dynasty" according to Shanghai Museum official leaflet.

A design mould to be transferred on the vase

1) Early wares Chinese pottery:

Top panel: wine vessel and wine barrel; Bottom panel: indoor pond decoration and musical bells


Bell with 4 tigers (bottom left), vases and water bottle


Transformation of the pottery design of cups


2) During Tang, Song and Ming dynasties:

Porcelain vases

Porcelain sauces, plates, bowls, cups

Chinese brush holders and the ink pad (in red plate)

Teapots, makeup containers and small vases
Statues of Buddha (top right) and Guan Yin (bottom right)

Chinese Painting Gallery
"Scrolls by masters from Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties"



Chinese Currency Gallery  
"The development of Chinese currency since the beginning of the trading market along the silk road"
Weight metals (usually gold plates), round coins and spade-shaped coins

Ancient Chinese Sculpture Gallery  
"The development of Chinese sculpture art especially on the sculpture of Buddhism statues from the Warring States to the Ming dynasty"   
Chinese sculpture of the statues of Buddhism

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Travel Tips: People's Square Station, Shanghai, China


If you feel tired and tend to sweat a lot while walking along the busy streets in Shanghai, China under the hot and humid weather then, why don't you try walking at Shanghai's underground metro malls. Currently, there are five of the best underground malls, which are popular with the locals for shopping and food in Shanghai, China, as reported by cityweekend.com.cn: 
  • Email Mall near Jing'an Temple
  • Shanghai A.P Xinyang Fashion and Gift Market near Shanghai Science at Technology Museum Underground Station
  • People’s Square Underground Shopping Center and Hong Kong Shopping Center near Nanjing Xi Lu
  • Fashion Center near Huaihai Lu 
  • Fashion Metropolis near Changle Rd

Among all these Shanghai's underground malls, I like People's Square Underground Shopping Center and Hong Kong Shopping Center the most. As you walk into People's Square Station, you do not just find fashionable clothing, bags and jewellery but you will be amazed with the unique decoration of this underground mall, which is transformed into Old Shanghai street.

As you walk along People's Square underground mall, you will be headed to Shanghai Museum and Shanghai Art Gallery by following the signboards. You can find out more about Shanghai Museum in my next post. 


The entrance to Shanghai Traditional Street in 1930s in People's Square underground mall, Shanghai, China
The entrance to Shanghai Traditional Street in 1930s at People's Square underground mall




Rows of outlets which sell clothing, bags and food in People's Square underground mall, Shanghai, China
Rows of outlets which sell clothing, bags, jewellery and food




Old picture of Suzhou river in People's Square underground mall, Shanghai, China
An old picture of Suzhou river in Shanghai, China




Picture of City God Temple in People's Square underground mall, Shanghai, CHina
An old picture of City God Temple in Shanghai, China




Old tram at People's Square underground mall, SHanghai, China
An old picture of Shanghai's tram




Ancient car on display at People's Square underground mall, Shanghai, China
An ancient car is on display at People's Square underground mall




Picture of Old Shanghai street in People's Square underground mall, Shanghai, China
A picture of Old Shanghai Street




Old Shanghai Street display in People's Square underground mall, Shanghai, China
Chinese dolls in traditional costumes, pose behind the old building as the backdrop.




Shanghai Hutong on display at People's Square underground mall, Shanghai, China
Ancient Chinese lived in Hutong which is surrounded by narrow alleys or streets. You still can find many preserved hutong in Beijing, China




Old Shanghai display at People's Square underground mall, Shanghai, China
A typical day at Old Shanghai street is on display




Picture of Shanghai Bund (The Bund) in People's Square underground mall, Shanghai, China
An old picture of Shanghai Bund (The Bund)




Old Picture of Shanghai Bund (The Bund) in People's Square underground mall, Shanghai, China
An old picture of Shanghai Bund (The Bund) street




Old tram on display at People's Square underground mall, Shanghai, China
The real old Shanghai's tram is on display


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Travel Tips: Yosemite National Park, California

Referring to the Yosemite National Park Service website, Yosemite National Park covers nearly 1,200 square miles of mountainous terrain in the Sierra Nevada of California. It is considered the most popular national park in California which is crowded with tourists on weekends and public holidays. Yosemite National Park is located 200 miles of east of San Francisco which requires you to drive for around 3 1/2 hours in order to get there. 

Yosemite National Park opens every day throughout the year but you need to monitor on the weather condition during the winter season. It is not advisable to visit Yosemite National Park during the winter if it's your first visit there. Driving along the icy and snowy road during the winter isn't the same experience as your normal driving skills on the normal road. A lot of precautions need to take note like, you need to drive very slow (between 30-35 miles per hour) even before and after installing tire chain throughout the journey in order to control and prevent your vehicle from being skidded. Winter storm occurs frequently during the winter thus, many of the areas in Yosemite National Park will be closed. Therefore it's highly recommended to visit Yosemite National Park during the spring and fall but try to avoid visiting during the summer as it tends to be overcrowded with the locals and tourists.

There are many things to do at Yosemite National Park. You can choose to hike or bike along the easy or difficult trails or even you can prepare your own picnic while enjoying the nature there. Yosemite Valley is famous for its highest waterfalls including Yosemite Falls, meadows, cliffs and Mariposa Grove of giant sequoia trees which can be accessible by cars all year round except during the winter which need to be monitored on the weather condition.

For more information about Yosemite National Park, please visit here:


These pictures were taken at Yosemite National Park during Spring:

On the way to Yosemite National Park, California
On the way to Yosemite National Park. The path was still covered with snow after the winter season.




Trekking along Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias at Yosemite National Park, California
The authorities closed the road to cars at Mariposa Grove due to unsafe condition to drive. We had to walk for 6 miles (9.7 km) with dogs to and fro the parking lots.




Surrounded by Giant Sequoias at Yosemite National Park, California
Look at us, being the tiny humans which are surrounded by giant sequoia trees at Mariposa Grove.




Big trunk of Giant Sequoia at Yosemite National Park, California
The fallen tree of Giant Sequoia with big roots




Beautiful water fountain at Yosemite National Park, California
Beautiful waterfall at Yosemite National Park




Beautiful water fountain at Yosemite National Park, California during Spring
A refreshing feeling looking at the greenery nature with waterfall




Bridalveil Fall at Yosemite National Park, California during spring
A popular spot of Bridalveil Fall with its energising waterfall




River Stream at Bridalveil Fall at Yosemite National Park, California
A small waterfall along the stream at Bridalveil Fall




Mirror Lake at Yosemite National Park, California
Reaching on time to take a beautiful shot at Mirror Lake




Half Dome at Yosemite National Park, California
Another popular spot at Half Dome for the hikers with permits




Lower Yosemite Fall at Yosemite National Park, California
Another waterfall at Lower Yosemite Fall which is situated at the main road before heading home




Yosemite National Park, California during spring
An overlook of Yosemite National Park which was taken at the highway


These pictures were taken at Yosemite National Park during winter. Many of the areas were closed due to bad weather condition which was also unsafe to drive and walk around.

Slippery road along Yosemite National Park, California during winter
Along the icy road at Yosemite National Park




Bridalveil Fall at Yosemite National Park, California during winter
We still could see waterfall at Bridalveil Fall during the winter




Icy and slippery road along Yosemite National Park, California during winter
Driving slowly and carefully along the icy road to prevent from being skidded




Yosemite Valley at Yosemite National Park, California during winter
Yosemite Valley with its waterfall




Yosemite Valley  at Yosemite National Park, California during winter
It's chilling but delighting to play with snow




Icy and snowy around Yosemite  National Park, California during winter
Foggy came in the late afternoon. It's time to head home before it's too dark to drive.




Cold and foggy at Yosemite National Park, California in the late afternoon during winter
Heavy fogs could be seen everywhere which became more obstacle with low visibility to drive.




Yosemite National Park, California during winter
An overview of Yosemite National Park during winter which was taken at the highway.