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    Furniture

    by solopes Updated Apr 13, 2016

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    I felt the emptiness in many monuments in China, mostly in the Forbidden City.

    I think that the political convulsions in China, in the recent years, may have damaged a lot.

    This small display in the museum reinforced my sensation: China has wonderful furniture that would easily enrich many historic buildings, but... where is it?

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    Lucky me

    by solopes Updated Apr 13, 2016

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    One of my deceptions in China was the poor interior of many monuments, some of them empty, the other only with isolated pieces of furniture.

    This garden was no exception, but I felt lucky when I saw an exotic collection of chairs made from big tree roots.

    They are fancy to look, but I felt sorry for the poor guys who had to sit there.

    Not us. Fortunately!

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    Socialist art

    by solopes Updated Apr 13, 2016

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    Ideologies and cultural movements come and go along the history, but their influence in art does remain as a testimony of the gone days and ideas.

    China is a curious example of that - the strength (and violence) of the revolutionary times led to artistic creations, with nothing in common with traditional Chinese art.

    Instead of sensibility and fine details, we see powerful gathering of determined people, the collective movement always imposing itself to the individual roles and expressions.

    In the Bund, a socialist composition, backed by Russian architecture, is a fine example of this.

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    The very old Jewish Club is hidden in plain sight

    by gaolei Written Nov 27, 2014

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    As you walk down Nanjing and west road you will pass some of the fanciest shopping malls in Shanghai. You will pass by a brick wall with a wrought iron gate never notice the very old building behind the gate. Take a minute to read the sign and you will discover a beautiful turn on the century building. If you read the sign, you will discover it is the Jewish Club that was built in 1911. I was surprised.

    I don't know how to gain access to the property. It is currently used by the Shanghai Music Conservatory.

    Website: http://shcmusic.edu.cn/

    Shanghai Heritage sign. The gate to the building. The 1911 Jewish Club on Nanjing road west.
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    First Congress of the Chinese Communist Building

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 25, 2014

    if you are a history buff and loves to see historical sites, Just at the middle of the famous Xin Tian Di Shopping area in Xingye Road (that separates the North Block and South Block of Xin Tian Di), is the Historical Building of the First Congress of the Communist Party of China, where Chairman Mao in July 23, 1921, with 12 members, held their first national congress of the Communist Party of China here, marking the birth of the Party. The Two Story Building is built in the Modern Shikumen Style and has various articles, insignias and paraphernalias around the two story building and also exhibits cover the history of the Party's birth, the blooming of nation-wide communist teams, photos of the thirteen members plus various wax figures.

    Admission is free

    Opens: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm everyday

    address: No.76 Xingye Road, Shanghai, China. Take Subway Line 1 and get off at South Huangpi Rd. Station. Leave From Exit 2 and walk along South Huangpi Road till Xingye Road on your right side.

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    free foot massage

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 17, 2014

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    like what I've said in my tourist trap tips on Chinese Herbal Shops in Shanghai, every tour, whether big group or private tour takes you to the chinese medicine shops and they offer a free foot massage and also the bottle massage. the free foot massage takes about 15 minutes of which the foot therapist applies various chinese oils and fragrances to your foot and toes and gently scrubs them clean, and the best deal here is that you don't have to tip the therapist if you don't want to.

    have one now!

    but don't buy the Exotic Chinese Herbal Medicine Stuffs

    soothing
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    Shanghainese Wedding

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 17, 2014

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    chanced upon a chinese wedding party in the restaurant that were are eating in Shanghai Restaurant along a hotel in the Huangpu District of Shanghai. The wedding party reception was a modern one but with a twist as the guests were giving the couple the popular red paper envelopes called tao hongbao. Like typical chinese feasts, the fried rice was served at the tail end of the course meals.

    the bride and Groom ok table reception
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    Found, Mao's Financial District Home

    by gaolei Written Jun 11, 2014

    I was walking down Tongren Road heading for a burger at Malone's one night, when I stopped to look at the Jing An Kerry Center. They had been working on it for years, but this was the first time I saw the completed buildings, three ultra modern glass towers. I was looking up Anyi road and I spotted an old Chinese home. I wondered how it could have been saved from destruction when the new Kerry center was built. I was determined to visit it during the day.

    The next day I returned to Anyi road. The building turned out to be Mao's 1920 home! Here was Mao's home in the middle of the Kerry financial center and luxury shopping center. Next door was a Gucci store. On the next corner was the offices of JP Morgan. Mao's home is now surrounded by the largest capitalists companies in the world.

    Looking from Tonren road down Anyi Road at Mao's Mao's house - front view Memorial about Mao's House Open Hours Mao's House Mao's Neighbor, JP Morgan!
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    Qibao Old Town

    by cheezecake_deli Written Jan 23, 2014

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    If you are short on time in Shanghai and can't get to a classic water town in neighbouring Jiangsu or Zhejiang provinces, Qibao in western Shanghai's Minhang district is quick and easy to get to, and should give you a flavour of east China's canal towns. Note, though, it gets really busy at weekends and during public holidays, during which time the only flavour you'd get is maddening Shanghai crowds... so it's best to come here during the week day. That said, there is at least half a day if not a full day's things/places of interest here. A good plan is to come here mid morning, stay for lunch (Qibao is famous for its snack shops) and leave in late afternoon.

    Qibao translates literally as "Seven Treasures" (though which seven treasures is not clear) and the town dates from the 10th century (Northern Song Dynasty), prospering as a commercial centre in the subsequent dynasties. There are a number of minor but interesting sights here, including Qibao Temple, Qibao Church, a 500-year old belfry bell, several bridges and some small museums (of shadow play, calligraphy and miniatures). The town was home to Zhang Chongren (1907-1998), an artist who studied in Belgium and befriended Herge, on whom he based his character of Chang Chong-chen in "Tintin and the Blue Lotus" - there is a Zhang Chongren Memorial with some of his artworks. The town is also famous for cricket fighting as well as street food (e.g. stinky tofu, Qibao cake with glutinous rice and dried tofu in lotus leaves - all yummy).

    Getting to Qibao is easy - it has its own metro station on line 9.

    Website: http://www.goqibao.com/

    Bridges and canals Qibao Church
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    Shanghai Wild Animal Park

    by cheezecake_deli Updated Jan 23, 2014

    Shanghai isn't the most child friendly city, especially for younger children, though most kids will enjoy the Shanghai Wild Animal Park. Located on 2300 acres in Pudong, you can get up close and personal with smaller animals (and even feed them) in this zoo/park. There is a "safari" bus ride that gets you round to the habitats of the larger (and more dangerous) animals e.g. lions, elephants, etc. There are also daily animal shows for those who like that sort of things. The Park is located deep in Pudong, near the airport and at present the easiest way to get there is by taxi (it will get its own Metro station on the future Line 11). Tickets cost RMB130 per adult and RMB65 per child between 6-18 years old (2014 prices). Opening hours are 0800-1700 (March to November) and 0830-1630 (December to February). Address: 178 Nanliugong Lu, Pudong.

    Phone: +86 21 61180000

    Website: http://www.shwzoo.com/

    Animal show! Up close and personal with some lemurs...
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    Check out the neighbourhoods

    by martystagram Written Apr 1, 2013

    Shanghai is full of smaller local neighbourhoods and even within an area there are hidden gems.

    Check out the west side of Jing'an for example. The area around Yuyuan Lu towards Wulumuqi Bei Lu is full of interesting old houses, tree lined street, coffee shops and some new wine bars.

    Just walking along Yuyuan Lu from Wulumuqi to Zhenning Lu and you will see western and Shanghai businesses side by side. Check out Fuchaun near the Zhenning Lu intersection for amazing Shanghainese Steamed dumplings (Xiao Long Bao) or find the hidden Bouquet Wine Bar for an amazing Asian fusion meal.

    Wulumuqi Bei Lu, Yuyuan Lu and Beijing Xi Lu.

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    Pedestrian Bridge at Henan South Road

    by cal6060 Written Jun 17, 2012

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    This unknown pedestrian bridge located between Henan South Road and Fuxing East Road is big and well connected between places off the streets. This bridge is made by metal steel with modern design. This bridge is also used as the traffic lights' platform. Under the bridge is the busy road with a lot of traffic. Southwest of the bridge is where the Xiao Tao Yuan mosque is located, nearby are shopping malls, hotels, and residence apartments. Walking toward northeast of the bridge, you are heading to the Shanghai Old Street.

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    Old French Colonial Mansions

    by cal6060 Updated Jun 16, 2012

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    In Luwan district, around Sinan Mansions, I discovered a lot of the old colonial Mansions were in bad condition. Developers in Shanghai has been restructuring these mansions and trying to regain their pass glory. I managed to take some photos of these mansions in destruction conditions. I am sure the next time I visit here, these buildings will look like millions dollars properties.

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    Ruijin Hotel

    by cal6060 Written Jun 16, 2012

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    Ruijin Hotel is located on 118 Ruijin 2nd Road, French Concession of Luwan district, which is near Fuxing Park. This 100 acres property is really different in term of architectures, neighborhood, and lifestyles than the properties nearby. In was built in 1920 by a British family, Benjamin Moris family , who also owned the first English newspaper publisher, North China Daily, in China and a dog-racing tracks in Shanghai. It consists of four British style architectural buildings, the garden with lake and water fountains. The garden, lake and water fountains are features the classical British style, which might be the only British garden you can find in China.

    Historically, this place was once the residence, office, and headquarter of important Chinese revolutionary leaders. In 1945, it was the headquarters of Kuomintang's Li Zhi She. And after Liberation in 1949, East China Bureau of Communist Party took over the property. It was the residence and official office for the first mayor of Shanghai, Mr. Chen Yi.

    Today, this property remains as one of the four stars hotels in Shanghai. You can even book it online to stay here for your next visit to Shanghai.

    In Chinese: 瑞金宾馆, rui jin bin guan.

    Phone: 8621-64725222

    Website: http://www.ruijinhotelsh.com/en/reservation.html

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    St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church

    by cal6060 Updated Jun 15, 2012

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    St Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church is located on 16 Gao Lan Road. It was built in 1932 and completed in 1934 with the support of white Russian immigrants in Shanghai. This church has traditional Russian architectural style, especially a round rooftop with a cross in the center This church is not very big and allowed to occupy between 400 to 500 people. This is not the original rooftop , it was 9-rounded rooftop with gold leafs and cross.

    In 1937, it was named St Nicholas because to honor the patron Saint of the former Russian Emperor Nicholas II.

    In 1949, Russians were leaving Shanghai due to the Chinese Civil War. The building was no longer used as a worship place, but as a warehouse, then laundry.

    This building was once an European style restaurant, Ashanti Dome, but it was closed down and left this building empty till today. The door was closed during my visit, so I did not see the interior.

    In Chinese: 圣尼古拉斯教堂, sheng ni gu la si jiao tang

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