China 2013: Shanghai Museum, Yu Garden

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.