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

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