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    Tea House

    by travelpug Written Dec 19, 2007

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    There is a famous tea house in the middle of the lake. I imagine it must be such a enjoyable place to sip your tea and have a nice chat when it was first built... but nowadays, with the crowds, I don't think it is a place to relax and enjoy tea.

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    Very Touristy

    by travelpug Written Dec 19, 2007

    The whole area is very touristy. But still, it's fun to see the people, try some local food, look at some souvenirs, bargain with the chinese shop keepers, etc.

    ADVISE: Base on my experience, the Bazaar is less crowded in the evening. So it's more pleasant as you don't have to fight your way among the crowds.

    It's less crowded in the evening Look at the people!

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    Combination attraction and shopping

    by stevespencer420 Written Dec 9, 2007

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    THe Gardens themselves are within an enclave of bazar shops and restaurants. Be sure to eat dumplings there! The gardens are beautiful, with a lot of attention to architectural detail. Even the paving stones make a mosaic. We enjoyed strolling with our host, but also "tailed" a tour group with an English speaking guide and listened to her explaining the sights. There are many photo ops here. Look for the wall with a roof made as a dragon. There are souvenier shops inside the actual gardens, but we found them unremarkable compared with the many shops surrounding. Good spot to buy a name chop (stamp with your name in Chinese), as well as silk clothing. As everywhere, bargain hard 50% off asking price. DOn;t be shy when they ask what you would be willing to pay or hand you calculator. You would be surprised hom any deals are accepted when you say "too much" and start to leave.

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    Shanghai Art Museum

    by cheezecake_deli Updated Nov 20, 2007

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    The Shanghai Art Museum is housed in the old Race Club building, distinguished by its trademark clock tower, just north of People's Park on Nanjing West Road (Nanjing Xi Lu). Its interior has been sensitively restored, and there are 4-5 floors of exhibits.

    I was lucky to be in town during the 2006 Biennale - there were interesting exhibits from both local and international artists. Although there were signs everywhere forbidding photography, almost every visitor was snapping away and the guards made no attempt to stop this!

    There is a restaurant on the roof (Kathleen's 5), with panoramic views across town, as well as a well-stocked shop on the ground floor selling art books (in English and Chinese).

    Shanghai Biennale 2006
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    Silk Making - Dung Wu Silk Factory

    by easterntrekker Written Nov 19, 2007

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    WE saw this demonstration in Thiland but we were able to see it in more detail here. In a twenty words or less......
    The silk worm spins a cocoon and this is what is used to make the luxurious fabric we all love.

    The worm is killed by heating the cocoon in a sort of wolk. Next the cacoon is added to hot water to loosen the fibre and catch the beginning of the thread.
    We saw an assembly line of workers threading the spinning machines...very tedious and tiring work.

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    Food Markets

    by easterntrekker Written Nov 18, 2007

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    I love to wander around food markets in Asia and this one was lots of fun in Shanghai. It has almost a carnival atmosphere as you see the locals buying up the local delicacies such as xiao long bao, pigeon egg dumplings and spicy cold noodles from the street stalls.

    I hope these wonderful old markets will always have a place in Shanghai.

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    Shaghai Bowuguan

    by easterntrekker Written Nov 18, 2007

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    This is a huge museum and can easily take a good part of the day . Personally I was somewhat disappointed , as I thought there would be more to see for such a huge structure .

    There are 4 floors with several huge galleries on each level. ( and a gift shop of course)
    I enjoyed the ceramics gallery the most. The buikding itself is quite impressive.
    Open 9Am to 5PM daily $2.50

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  • Lovely Garden

    by Sail2Maine Written Nov 14, 2007

    The garden is a spot of relative calm in Shanghai and you approach it via a twisted bridge meant to keep out the evil spirits (the Chinese do a lot with architecture to confound the evil spirits including raised thresholds and other tricks). The garden itself is very well maintained with plenty of twists and turns.

    Outside is a shopping district that at first blush is full of the type of tourist shops one sees all over China. Explore a little deeper by going into the basement and there is a huge underground mall, full of Chinese antique dealers which was amazing - partly for the finds and partly because no one else seemed to know about it - at least the day I was there.

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    WOW

    by marsistanbul Written Oct 25, 2007

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    Shanghai museum is a museum with big size collections which is very popular with tourists and citizens.It is a treasure house of Chinese culture,also the symbol and window showing civilizations and culture of Shanghai.It has ýnique architectural form of a round top with a square base which symbolizes the ancient Chinese philosopy of universe of a square earth under round skyThe round roof and the arch foms a skyline of it and shapes the entire building as a piece of bronze art work from ancient China if one views it with a distance.
    As a first class comprehensive artistic museum for many years,its rich and high-quality collection of ancient Chinese bronze,ceramics,painting and calligraphy wins high reputation world widely.

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    At Sunset

    by Gryphon25 Written Sep 26, 2007

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    Walk along the Bund while the sun is setting. The contrast between the old European Embassies and new skyscrapers on the other side of the river is stunning. It was one of my most memorable moments in Shanghai. It is also a blissful relieve after along hot day.

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    Gutzlaff Signal Tower

    by cheezecake_deli Updated Aug 11, 2007

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    At the south end of the Bund stands the old Gutzlaff Signal Tower, originally built by the French in 1865 and rebuilt in 1907. It was used to transmit weather reports from the Zikawei Observatory at Xujiahui to ships at sea, and served this function until 1956. Nowadays, it serves as a small museum - the Bund Museum, with black-and-white photos of the Bund during Shanghai's heydays (entry fee RMB10). There is an attached, rather expensive, cafe.

    AKA the Bund Museum
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    Ruijin Guesthouse - the old Morriss villa

    by cheezecake_deli Written Jul 21, 2007

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    The Morriss family, Shanghailanders who owned China's first English language newspaper (North China Daily News) and the Shanghai Canidrome, built a series of attractive mansions and villas in the heart of the old French Concession in the 1920s. After 1949, the estate was used as a private retreat for Communist Party officials. The buildings have been restored these days, and now house the Ruijin Guesthouse. They are set in an attractive, manicured garden - a piece of tranquility in the heart of bustling Luwan. Although there are guards at the entrance to the grounds, any decent looking person can wander in and have a look. Also here are the popular Face bar, a branch of the excellent Xiao Nan Guo restaurants, and Lan Na Thai restaurant.

    Tranquility in the old French Concession
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    Calm within the chaos

    by SPW Written Jul 17, 2007

    We arrived at the Yuyuan gardens on a Saturday afternoon, probably the worst possible time as we had to make our way past a long line of beggars and hawkers, sometimes struggling in single file through the crowds, but once we entered the garden area the crowds thinned and it was possible to find moments of quiet in the beautiful surrounds. Like all gardens there were several pavilions, but there was also a small theatre where we just missed seeing a musical performance!
    I wasn't feeling well and did not feel up to tackling the crowded bazaar area, but appreciated the calm of the gardens.

    Colour and calm The chaos outside! Interesting roof decoration Boys will be boys One of the many pavilions
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    Excellent collection of Chinese Arts

    by SPW Written Jul 17, 2007

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    The Shanghai Museum, in the southern section of the People's Park (Renmin Gong Yuan), is a modern building designed in the shape of a traditional cooking pot. Light and airy inside, thanks to a central atrium, the display galleries lead off the central balconies, and are dedicated to different aspects of Chinese art. There are galleries devoted to ethnic minorities, including a colourful display of costumes, jade and bronze from different periods, ceramics, calligraphy, painting and more. There are also galleries for travelling exhibitions from around the world.
    The displays are well designed, carefully lit and have interpretive signs in English as well as Mandarin.
    One trip is not sufficient to do justice to the exhibits, probably 2 shorter visits would be better, and gaining some familiarity with the museum via its website is also useful.
    There are many stalls within the museum selling replicas as well as an extensive museum shop, and there is also a cafe where lunch can be bought at a reasonable price.

    Susan outside museum entrance Looking down from the top balcony Gardening can be demanding
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    Foggy days and high buildings don't mix

    by SPW Updated Jul 17, 2007

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    After looking across the Huangpu River to Pudong we crossed via the exciting Bund Sightseeing Tunnel (people mover and light show) to the Pudong side for the Oriental Pearl Tower ascent. Because of the fog/pollution we had a hazy view, but the window cleaners, on the outside of the middle "ball" more than made up for the limited view!
    On the ground floor was the excellent Shanghai History Museum (not to be confused with the Shanghai Museum) which traces the history of Shanghai with recreations of traditional street and other scenes supplemented by audio-visual effects bringing them to life.

    History museum, wedding basket History museum: spinner solves childcare needs!
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