We visited the
Shanghai Museum, barely making it before they closed the doors for visitors. We only had an hour to explore the exhibits, which was quite a shame, since the museum had much to offer. Still, an hour here opened my eyes to a vast world of jade, ceramics, and money from China’s rich history. It was very educational.
Even the museum interior was so pretty! Photo by: Ade.
Mongolian brass chess pieces from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
Miao silver-plated, twisted copper neckband from the 1st half of the 20th century.
Top: Ge (Halberd) with a turquoise-inlaid bronze haft from the late Shang Dynasty (13th-11th century BC). Bottom: Ge (Halberd) from the late Shang dynasty (13th-11th century BC).
Ornaments on a funerary face covering from the late western Zhou dynasty (first half of 9th century – 771 BC).
Left: Three boys and Boy holding Lingzhi (fungus) in hand from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD). Right: Square plaque with serpent design, ornament with two parrots, ornament with deer design from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD).
Belt clasp with dragon-headed serpent design from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 AD) and belt clasp with Zhang Qian on raft design from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911 AD).
Cast coins from the northern ethnic minorities and the Yan State. I loved the dual utility of these sword coins!
Money of the Qing and Ming Dynasty.
Specimens of paper money.
Coin moulds from the Liang Dynasty.
Left: Blueish white glazed square ewer Jingdechen Ware from the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368 AD). Right: Glazed Buddha Statue Jingdechen Ware from the Yuan Dynasty.
Rose-red glazed drum-shaped washer Jun Ware from the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127 AD).
I loved the colour shifts of this piece.
Polychrome glazed pottery ewer with a phoenix head from the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD).
Green glazed pottery dog from the eastern Han Dynasty (25-220 AD).
Polychrome pottery sculptures.
Later that evening, we took a bus bound for Yu Yuan (Yu Garden). I had read about it in guidebooks, citing it as a tourist spot during the day and night.
The place was beautiful at night- all those lights!
I couldn’t have imagined olden-style architecture mixing well with modern lighting, but they did a great job here. It felt like we were walking in a comic book.