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Favorite thing: Nowhere else in China the idea of modernity is so strong! Maybe because the modern buildings are everywhere, with remarkable diversity and architecture, maybe because nowhere else is so noticeable the contrast with traditional construction.
Day or night, Shanghai is proud of its look.
- Arts and Culture
Nostalgia 1 - the old horse-racing ground
Favorite thing: People's Square, today an attractive landmark in modern Shanghai, is actually an expansive horse-racing ground similar to the Happy Valley in Hong Kong in the heydays a century ago. Instead of punters and jockeys, now you only see lovely white pigeons dotting the area.
You can still trace the remains of this historic leisure-seeking site, just look at the clock tower behind the Opera House to the right of the pix. This stylish superstructure used to stand proudly on this very large and wide horse racing ground, in full glory.
Nostalgia 3 - old Shanghai revue
Favorite thing: This is DaXiJie 'Great World' Theatre, the first entertainment venue built in Shanghai. It used to be the hang-out place for the posh Shanghai sector as a nightly wine women and song revue with lavish entertainment. A century ago when Shanghai was populated with foreigners in the Concession Areas, plus rich merchants arriving from the sea ports, there was bustling night life for those big spenders and tycoons.
Nostalgia 2 - old concert hall
Favorite thing: Amidst construction site next to the flyovers and the People's Square, and just further to the old Grand Theatre in Nostalgia 1 above is a re-sited old Shanghai Theatre, the entire building just successfully lifted off its base and repositioned to a new orienation, the proud project just completed early 2003. With the ultra modern design of the new Opera House just 1km away, this old buiding will be an invaluable piece of nostalgic landmark in modern Shanghai. This old performing arts venue is finely preserved with refurbished fine intereiors too, with improvements to the auditorium.
What an respectable policy for the city to preserve its past culture when modernity floods in so quickly
At the Shanghai Museum
Favorite thing: Visit this magnificent cultural venue located in the People's Square, easily accessible by the metro.
The external look of the Museum is like a Chinese 'ting' , a historic relic for court banquets and entertainment, which is a three-legged pot-like utensil made of gold or copper. It was also used for offering to the heavenly gods too.
But the special feature of the building is the line-up of 8 fortuitous unicorn statues guarding the venue as shown in the picture. Chinese unicorns are animals that bring good fortune to the country, families and individuals alike.
Visit the Shanghai...
Favorite thing: Visit the Shanghai Museum.
This is an incredible museum that you could easily spend two days exploring. The Minority Exhibit on the top floor is excellent. There's something here for everyone. The electronic guides are also good.
Fondest memory: The shopping in the giftstore is especially reasonable (as far as the books go) for a museum.
The Grand Theatre
Favorite thing: The Grand Theatre
Fondest memory: Actually, the picture is not enough to show its grand. In this symbol architecture, you can appraciate so-called elegance arts. But for the majority of Shanghai citizens, it seems too 'high' not only its art level but also its price...:(
Favorite thing: Shanghai Museum
Fondest memory: The new Shanghai Museum has ten special galleries of bronze, calligraphy, ceramics, furniture, jades, minority art, paintings, sculpture, seal carvings, coins and arts and crafts, together with a special gallery of donated relics and three temporary exhibition halls. I love its environment and atmosphere very much.
Shanghai Urban Planning...
Favorite thing: Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall
The latest city landmark building of Shanghai.
Favorite thing: Shanghai Museum
Not fairly sure whether this is the NO.1 museum of Shanghai, but should be one of the best museums.
Shanghai Grand Theater
Favorite thing: Shanghai Grand Theater
The NO.1 theater of Shanghai.
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Fondest memory: SHANGHAI URBAN PLANNING CENTER. An interesting tour of where the city has been and where it is going.
Here is used to be the...
Favorite thing: Here is used to be the Shanghai Stadium,but now lots of great music concerts are hold here.I feel it's kinda old now.
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