Stumbled across Nanchang Folk Custom Museum [南昌市民俗博物馆] (Nanchang Shi Minsu Bowuguan) at 165 Zigu Lu by accident, walking from Rongmen Lu back towards Bay Lake looking for a bus. But this is a must see in my opinion. Set in a beautiful old courtyard style house there is even less English in here than the Provincial Museum but it is well worth a visit.
Focusing on all aspects of Chinese life, particularly the Jiangxi Gan people there are unique examples of embroidery, tools, marriage customs, etc. Many interesting aspects to photograph and building details to be in awe of. A very small and quaint museum but certainly a tick in the box for those reviews that are negative towards Nanchang as a dull and depressing city 'not worth visiting'. One of the best street addresses I've come across this year too. Zig-a-zig-ahhhh.
FREE ENTRY and free cloakroom/bag store.
Interesting setting and old-y world-y feel. Great to see a bit of character amongst the metropolis and slip through a little time warp, learning something at the same time.
This people's square is wide and expansive as some I have visited. Juxtaposed against it's harshy imminent Soviet aesthetic is the Wanda Plaza and one of Nanchang's several Walmart department stores.
Flying kites in summer, no doubt dancing and exercising by night, rollerskating and countless other activities that make the public spaces so vibrant in China, it is interesting to visit at different times of day and weather. If you are exploring Nanchang on foot then you will have no choice in the matter and expect to pass through the square more than once. To one side stands the Bayi Monument which is an interesting place from which to observe the changing trends in Chinese social trends and popular culture, for example, fashion.
Jiangxi Provincial Museum [江西省博物馆]: A smaller provincial museum than some, free entry and certainly worth a visit in a two or more day trip to Nanchang but very dated and perhaps in need of relocation and modernisation from it's unremarkable geometric design and dark interiors. The museum is primarily split into thee buildings:
Nature: a building dedicated to the natural world in relation to China on two floors, firstly the rather cringeworthy Dinosaur World (pictured) and upstairs more convincing modellings of some interesting native creatures. This area is really for children. The butterfly collections were great though!
Collection: A more familiar museum vibe here and particular note should go the the Hakka (客家; pinyin: Kèjiā) collections on the second floor (*) and a brief but really easy to follow introduction to vast legacies of Chinese pottery in relation to some of the key kilns such as Jingdezhen in Jiangxi Province. This was a good summary and display of various methods and colour periods and advances in technology especially if you are planning a trip onto Jingdezhen.
Visitor's Shop: Some good souvenirs on sale here in the small gift shop and the price wasn't too bad either. Unfortunately the staff member on duty talked on a mobile phone across the other side of the room and convinced me out of buying some gifts for people at home.
* The Hakka stuff really warranted a bit more in my opinion and I'm sure in the future you'll see this stuff re-housed in a larger space. There were some interesting tit-bits, especially textiles and links to the communities elsewhere in Jiangxi, particularly in Longnan, close to Ganzhou where I am currently based. It's great to put a place in perspective. However, I know from the Women's Museums in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi what a profound impact these fabrics and rituals could have had if curated in a more contemporary fashion and believe that only right at China's state of development.
I should state that there is minimal English in the Jiangxi Provincial Museum and only the introductions or summaries are translated and not every item as in some places.
The Pavilion of Prince Teng (滕王阁) is featured in the Tang Dynasty poem Téngwáng Gé Xùjì (Chinese: 滕王阁序记) by Wang Bo. Most tourists visit here although I confess I did not pay the entry fee, but enjoyed the attractive building from several other vistas around the city after hearing that there was a lift inside and much of the interiors were mock-ancient in contrast to being ancient. It's RMB50 for most of you, RMB25 with a student card with other discounts available.
I found a translation of the poem at: http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Teng_Wang_Ge_Xu
... it can also be viewed here in Chinese: http://www.tydao.com/suwu/shiwen/mr-twgx.htm
This is the old county of Yuzhang, new town of Hóngdu. Its zodiac divides between Yi and Zheng, and its land connects Heng and Lu. It borders three rivers and five lakes, controlling the barbaric Chu while linking with Ou and Yue. It is the refine of substances, the treasure of God. The ancient sword found there shines its light to area between the star of Niu and Dou. There are elites in its people, since the land is blessed. Chen Fan prepared exclusive ta for Xu Ru. O, the grand Hongzhou City. Its numerous buildings gather like fog. Its excellent people are as active as stars. The city lies between the military-vital place between Yi and Xia. The host and guests are all the best of the southeast of the country. The governor Mister Yan, enjoyed high fame and came here to govern this place. The mayor Mister Yuwen is the model of the moral and stayed here during his trail to his post. Today happened to be one of the ten-day holiday. Outstanding friends gather like cloud, and even noble guests come here for the gather despite the long travel. Academician Meng, the leader of literature, whose vigor of work feels like a dragon flying to the sky and colourful phoenix dancing in the air. In General Wang's arm collection, the light and the shadow of swords even seems to be purple lightning and white frost. Because my father is the governor of the County of Jiaozhi, I come to this famous place in my way to visit my father. I'm so young and ignorant but have a chance to join this ceremony by myself.
It's September now. The autumn weather feels so relaxing. The undrained water eventually turned into vapour, the water of pools is so clear. Light clouds crawls on the bright sky. A shade of purple comes into existence in the distant mountains. I drive the wagon on so high hilly roads, looking for sceneries. I came to the old-day princes' shoals and found palaces that used to shelter gods and goddesses. Hills come after hills here, and those jade green mountains even cut into the clouds. How high those skyscrapers are! Their red corridors look like to be flying in the sky, from where you even could not see the gound at all. Those small shoals resting white cranes and wild ducks, displays all their beauty of curves. And those elegant and massive palaces, even form a stylish harmony.
Pushing away a door carved with elaborate patterns, looking at brilliantly painted roofs. Those vast mountains and plains are all in my view. The curves of lakes and rivers are really amazing. The horizon is full of streets and houses and a lot of wealthy families that call family members for meals with huge bells and cook with those huge copper vessels. The ford is filled up with boats and ships, many of which are big ones decorated with patterns of cyan sparrow and yellow dragon. After raining, it's now sunny, after the rainbow faded and the clouds dispersed, the sun is shining brightly. The sunset is flying together with lonely wild goose, and the autumn water connected the sky at the horizon forming a unity. The chants spreading from the fishing boat in the dusk storm the coast of Poyang Lake. The exclaiming of wild geese feeling the coldness drawing near is now still echoing by the shore of Hengyang.
Looking away, I felt relaxed from the bottom of my heart and an unconventionally graceful mood arose. Bursts of relaxing breeze was drawn by the music played with Paixiao, and flowing clouds are attracted by those soft and slow chants. Like the gathering of the Bamboo Grove Seven Sages, people here good at drinking can drink far more than Tao Yuanming, the county sheriff of Pengze. Like singing for lotus by the Ye River, the talent of poets here exceeds that of Xie Lingyun. (Music, food, literature and conversation) These four wonderful elements are all present. (Good scenery and innermost happy things) These two most desired but most difficult things are here. Just look into the deepest sky with all your power, and enjoy ourselves as well as we can in this valuable holiday. The blue sky's being high and distant, the earth's being vast and boundless, all making people feel the endless and infinite of the universe. After the joy died out, sorrow simply attacked us inevitably. I finally understood that the entire life is predestined. Looking west trying to locate Chang'an the capital, looking east to the prosperous metropolis in Wu. The land in South has reached its end, and how deep the ocean is. The Plough in the north is so far-away, and the pillar leading to the paradise is so high that no one could climb. The endless mountains are so hard to get over. Who really have a sympathy on people that could never make their dreams come true? We are here today just guests here, even not expecting to see each other in the rest of our lives. We all have our soveirgn in our hearts, but are never summoned. When can we serve the most superior.
O, we all have different fortune which are full of frustrations. Feng Tang aged before his talents recognized, victorious Li Guang was never conferred marquis. It's not the lack of wise emperors that leads to Jia Yi's being exiled. Isn't it in an era of wise politics that Liang Hong hid in the shore of Qilu? All of these are just caused by that wise people feel poverty at ease and brilliant people conform to their fate. However, though being old, we should be more ambitious; how can we change our ambitions when our hair is turning grey? Distress as we may be in, we should hold more firmly to our integrity and never abandon our lofty aspiration. Even if we drank the fountain of Greediness, we should still feel great and be incorruptible. Even if we are fish dying in a drying pool, we should still feel joyful and relaxing. The northern ocean may be very far, we can still reach there by tornado. The morning may have passed, but we can still treasure the nightfall. Mengchang Jun is famous for his elevated moral, but died embracing the dream of serving his country. Ruan Ji is uninhibited, but how can we cry cowardly at the impasse like he did.
I am just a humble young man studying everything. Though I am 21 years old as that famous general, I have no where to ask for a chance to kill the enemy. I envy Zong Yi's heroic spirit of "break the waves riding the wind", though I also have a pulse to become a soldier. Now abandoning all possible fame and fortune, I decided to serve my father in that distant place. Though I may not be a really devoted offspring, But I would like to communicate with people with moral and talents. I will soon see my father and listen to his advices. Today I'm so honoured to accompany respected gentlemen like you, reached a new height. If not encountering an introducer like Yang Yi, He has to pity himself for his passages. Once encountering Zhong Ziqi, how could be playing Liushui is a kind of shame?
Alas, those famous sites cannot be eternal, and splendid banquet may be hard to find again. The site of Lanting Banquet has been history, Shi Cong's magnificent Zize has turned into ruins. Thanks to the blessings of the banquet, I got a chance to make up this introduction at the time to farewell. As for making poetry, I can only rely that on everyone else here. I just boldly expressed my wishes, making this short introduction. As the rhythm hintings given out to everyone present, I have made a small poem. Just wish everyone else exhibit your gifts, make marvelous poems!
It seems like there is always a temple to visit in China. Nanchang was no different. This particular temple has a long history of being built, conquered, destroyed, and rebuilt. A major fire erupted here and the temple burnt to the ground. It was rebuilt and parts of it were still being finished when I was there in 2006. On one floor, there was a solid gold statue of Chairman Mao.
The steps look intimidating but were easily traversed. There is an elevator, but the walk up the wide wooden steps inside the temple made it easier than it appears to get to the top. Upon arriving on the upper floor, there is a brief show of traditional dances and songs. The performers are stunning.
1. Adopt a Kid through the Chinese child for sale program.
2. See all the wonderful sites like the Hall of the Martyrs and Bayi Square where Mao got his ass kicked and fled on the long March. The CPC members gives their patriotic bull version,but basically Mao and the boys were on the run in 1927 with the KMT army chasing them.
3.Bars and Babes. Just outside my house there are 22 bars,massage? places and discos.
On the banks of the oozing cesspit that is the Ganjiang river, sits the Tengwang Pavilion, one of the most modern buildings in Nanchang. It was constructed in 1989 to llok like the version that sat here during the Song Dynasty.
Inside the pavilion, at the lower level, is a hall showing the models of the Tengwang Pavilion trhough its many different periods. The poor old pavilion was destroyed during almost every dynasty and quickly rebuilt.
The mosr recent version, although extremely attractive, has been built exceptionally poorly, and just 20 years later the materials are broken, falling off and just decrepit. Sad really. But par for the course in Nanchang, I'm afraid.
Perhaps the most classic situation is the construction of a corridor that leads to a small outlying pavilion.....the corridor ends against a blank wall and the steps up to the pavilion are on the other side of the railing. Duhhhhhh. (See photo)
The Ganjiang river flows through Jiangxi slowly winding its way to the Yangtze to the north.
Much of Nanchang city lies on the far, western bank, but this was barely visible through the smog when I was there.
The river can be seen from the Tengwang Pavilion - it's the huge grey flat thing with boats on under the huge grey flat sky above. As the two blend into each other, it gives you a curious sense of a warped reality.
To the south of the pavilion, there is a road and linear park running alongside the river, but with its damaged pavements, broken concrete, litter strewn grass and stunted trees it's more like a scene out of some post-holocaust B-movie. (The additional joy being that because of the constant smog the whole scene is in black and white).
Check out the huge lock just south of the Tengwang Pavilion. Men fish here and they say they take their catch home and eat it. Mmmmmmmm. The water looked truly disgusting.
I have no idea if the Jiangxi Provincial Museum is worth visiting. When I turned up mid-afternoon, it had closed for the day.
It opens from 9.30am to 2.30pm only. I am not sure what the poor, overworked museum staff do for the rest of the day. It's a hard life.
There is a lot of information about the museum at the China Culture website, so see if you think it is worth your while. The truly woeful local home-page of the museum really isn't worth the bother. Three out of the four English language pages don't work - why does this not surprise me?
The outside of the building is in a gargantuan grey building - the curse of China - with its windows already broken and the weeds growing everywhere. Why is it that Chinese museums have this built in squalor?
When I was in Nanchang there was a very beautiful exhibition of Bonsai-trees. I like those small trees, which together with some stones build an landscape in a small pot.
It impressed me much to see, how much work people have to create this art. It takes many years to make the little trees look like the big ones.
The buildings looks like a very big Pagoda. There are also thick walls like a fortress. It is overviewing the river. Around it is a nice Chinese Garden.
Sometimes you can see special art-exhibitions in and outside of the building.
There is this famous pavillion in Nachang, which is one of the few "Must See"s. Along the Yangtse river existed a couple of pavillions, where wise men and poets gathered to discuss and do research and write their poetry. To inspire their work the pavillion was full of great art like paintings and beautiful vases.
The train station has a fantastic soft seat waiting room. I hope it still exists! The paintings are overwhelming showing Mao Ze Dong.
..It's a long street the people could walk here&have arest on the roadside ,many shops here to sell everything &several coffee shops &restuant here...it's nice road that the people to have a see....