To celebrate July 4th, the NSLIY group had one day off to visit local attractions and landmarks in Shanghai. They had a wonderful day.
The group arrived at Shanghai Museum, a museum of ancient Chinese art, at 9:30 in the morning. Looking from the distance, the museum building resembles the shape of an ancient bronze cooking vessel. The building has a round top and a square base, symbolizing the ancient Chinese perception of the world as “round sky, square earth”. Although the globe has proved not to be “round sky and square earth”, the concept behind the design has made the architecture look unique and balanced.
The five-story museum has a collection of over 120,000 pieces, including bronze, ceramics, calligraphy, furniture, jades, ancient coins, paintings, seals, sculptures, minority art and foreign art, of which the bronzes on the first floor are the most valuable and amazing exhibits.
The group’s next stop was Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center. The Exhibition Center displays Shanghai’s urban planning and development. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a huge scale model of the city of Shanghai, showing all existing and approved buildings. Exhibitions include models of planned and recent developments, as well as a snapshot of Shanghai’s history.
After lunch, the group visit Shanghai Gallery of Art and Shanghai’s most famous landmark: the Bund. Shanghai Bund is famous for the old Shanghai exotic building clusters with many historical buildings of various architectural styles. The Bund is also called the “Far East Wall Street” with a long financial development history and deep financial cultural heritage. It now plays a significant role in China’s financial industry and economy.
It was a thought-provoking and fulfilling day for many students as they strolled through the buildings and landmarks in the city of Shanghai. China is no longer just a name on the world map, nor a vague concept in the textbook. They will share their experiences in Shanghai with families and friends.