Returning from Suzhou to Shanghai signaled the end of our stay in Shanghai. Just one more night and the next morning and then we'd be flying southwest to Wuhan where we would board the boat for our 5-day cruise on the Yangtze. Before we left, however, we'd have an opportunity to visit the Shanghai Museum for a few hours.

The Shanghai Museum is a wonderful museum with many exhibits showing numerous examples Chinese art and cultural treasures. Among them were exhibits for jade, Chinese currency, Chinese lacquerware furniture, costumes from the various cultures that make up modern-day China, and porcelain. Anne and I would enjoy the time spent at the museum by concentrating our time on the jade and Chinese furniture exhibits.

However, before we see some of the pictures taken at the museum, take a few minutes to walk with Anne to Jing An Park, a local park, near the Hilton. Many of the group's early risers would walk over to the park early in the morning and observe the locals as they did their daily exercise. Anne joined Phil and Beth Rosenberg this last morning on their walk to the park while I caught a few extra winks.

Entrance to Jing An Park, Shanghai
In every city we visited throughout China we observed many parks and recreation facilities, and they were very popular with the locals. No matter what time of day, whether it was early morning, midday, early or late evening, the parks seemed to be full of people doing their Tai Chi exercises or just sitting and talking with friends. Nearby there was always a concentration of bird cages with brightly colored birds of all sizes singing away. One evening in Beijing, on the way back to our hotel after the opera, we passed a small park which was full of people all doing ballroom dancing. It seems that ballroom dancing is one of the "in things" in China these days. The parks that we saw were all very well manicured and maintained.

Young and old doing their Tai Chi exercises

Parks were well maintained and manicured

Beautiful setting for morning exercise

Phil and Beth Rosenberg

Small ponds were common
I have to give Anne credit for taking the pictures at Jing An Park. I was in bed at the hotel sleeping. Thank goodness for digital cameras. Without it we wouldn't have these pictures of the park, or the pictures at the top of the Great Wall of China. She would have never taken the 35mm still cameras as, according to her, they're too difficult to work. With the digital it's simply point and shoot. Much more to her liking.

A Chinese man's best friend hangs from a tree limb or sits on a ledge nearby
singing the hours of the day away

Now, let's take a look at some of the things we saw at the Shanghai Museum ...

The Shanghai Museum
modern building

Anne standing with
the statues in front of
the museum

Inside the museum
crisscrossed escalators
take you from floor to floor

View of the lobby
from the top floor
of the museum
Our first stop was the exhibit on jade. There were many jade articles on display, all in dimly lit glass cases so the pictures aren't great.
The Jade Gallery
The jade pieces, as you can see, were all very beautifully and many were carved in intricate detail. We wished we had more time to really study the entire collection, but that wasn't possible as we wanted to also visit several of the other galleries.
The Lacquerware Furniture Gallery
The Shanghai Museum has many wonderful examples of Chinese lacquerware furniture. Many were so beautifully carved and inlaid with excellent Chinese works of art depicting traditional Chinese themes.
The Porcelain Gallery
There were many interesting shaped pieces in the porcelain gallery. Can you guess the use of the objects in the 1st and 3rd pictures?

Our stop at the museum was only about two hours so we had to go through the selected galleries rather quickly and, of course, make the mandatory stop at the museum store where we purchased some nice books on the museum's collections. We also purchased some good T-shirts at the museum. I have quite a collection of T-shirts and I've always found that those purchased in China were inferior and subject to great shrinkage. These were good T-shirts, the best I'd seen in China, and I'm happy to report they haven't shrunk yet.

Leaving the museum I went to board the bus for the trip to lunch then the airport. As I approached the bus I was inundated by the dollar people Anne yelled out the window for me to buy a couple of the small fans for the grandchildren and I proceeded to bargain for them as is customary. I have finally arrived at a price of $1 for 3 and reached in my pocket for the money. When the seller saw the cash she immediately thrust her entire stock toward me and said $5. You'd be surprised how cheap you can get things. Three baseball caps for $1. Two packages of 10-pack postcards for $1. Granted the quality isn't the best, but who cares with such things?

After a quick lunch we were driven to the airport where we bid good-bye to Julia, our local guide in Shanghai, and settled in wait for our flight to Wuhan. It was a short flight and we arrived in late afternoon. Our bus was late arriving to pick us up which cut down the amount of time we had for a city tour. We went directly from the airport to the Holiday Inn for dinner before boarding the boat for the Yangtze Cruise. Dinner was great. A buffet with what seemed to be hundreds of choices of meats, seafood, and vegetables.

Halloween decorations at
the hotel in Wuhan

A bread basket decoration at the hotel
in Wuhan

Having completed dinner we immediately headed back to the bus for the ride to the dock and our waiting cruise ship. The ship was set to sail at 7:00 p.m. with no delays and we just made it. We boarded and by the time we made our way to our cabin we were already moving.

Continue to the next page to begin your cruise of the Yangtze River ...

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Silk Process | The Administrator's Garden of Suzhou | Shanghai Museum of Art
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Xi'an : Xi'an and Emperor Qin's Terracotta Warriors | Emperor's Qin's Terracotta Warriors (2) | Great Wild Goose Pagoda and Xi'an City Wall
Quilin : The Limestone Peaks of the Li River | The Limestone Peaks of the Li River (2) | Guilin and the Childrens Park | Children's Park (2) and Reed Flute Cave
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