Shanghai Art Museum, Bach & Pizza Hut, Shanghai nights #1


This post was originally published in 2007
It may contain stale & outdated information. Or it may have grown more awesome with age, like the author.

The plan for the day was to go look around a museum in Shanghai, then wander around looking at the lights around the city when it got dark. Yvonne wanted to go to the Art Museum, so that is where we went. The first exhibit was paintings, which were yawn. I think they were Rembrandt's work, but I don't really care about painting so I didn't pay attention. The only one I liked was a painting of the same skull from six different angles, and I only liked that because skulls look great. It may have been technically wondrous from a painter's perspective, but I'm not a painter, so I just saw skulls. To be honest, I like CGI art better, partly because none of the old painters painted pictures of space ships or aliens, which I like. Maybe there is a painter who painted pictures of fish? If there is, then I like his/her work. The next exhibit was of ancient Chinese bronze work, which I know Kenneth adores. Most of the photos I took were from this exhibit, because the others were similar to the paintings exhibit, in that they were yawn. There were a lot of pots in this exhibit, which is good because it means that the ancients had things to cook in. A lot of the pots had nice designs on them, but at the end of the day they are still just pots, and I'm not quite lame enough to photograph pots, no matter how old they may be. Among the pots were appeared at first to be upside down pots, until I read the labels. They were in fact, bells. Bells are cool, so I felt no shame in snapping a few shots of them. Also there was nice bell music playing around this area, getting us all excited about the bells in the glass cases. Good thing there were glass cases, actually, such was the excitement generated by this part of the exhibit. Around the corner, and we came upon the diamonds in the rough, weapons. Though the weapons were all very old, I'm sure they'd still be deadly. They were great, so I took photos of them. You can skip the rest and go drool on your keyboard now if you like Kenneth :P. That was floor one, up we went to floor two. I'm pretty sure I'm getting the order wrong now, because as none of the upper floors held any interest for me, I didn't pay much attention. In fact some of them we didn't even bother to look at. There was a pottery display, from which I present two photos; a display of stone work, from which I present one; a display of calligraphy, which we didn't look at; a display of old currency; a display of masks and clothes; and a cafe. There was also a jade display, but that was closed. I would have liked to look at the jade display, and will return to the museum in a month or so to see if it has been reopened. There you go: Shanghai Art museum, mostly yawn with a smattering of death. After the museum we went to the underground mall, which is just like an underground carpark, only with shops instead of carparks. It was quite full, and the shop Yvonne wanted to look in was playing that hideous christmas music everyone loves for some reason. It drives me insane, so I stood outside. Among other things, we got some ginger ale from this shop. We were pretty excited, as ginger ale is great. This ginger ale, however, tasted like schwepps ginger ale that had been watered down then mixed with dirt. We threw both cans away. Pizza Hut was next. The fast-food chains in China are not the same as ours, being generally cleaner, with better service and food. Pizza Hut was no exception. The pizza was like Domino's, the desserts actually tasted nice, and the drinks were quality. See photos. Dinner being over, we exited PIzza Hut and walked slowly to the place from which one gets the best view of Pudong, which is the area filled with big tall buildings, including the "kebab stick" tower of Shanghai. It takes a long time to get there from the Art Museum, and my feet were sore far before we reached our goal. I took a lot of pictures of the pretty buildings on the way. In Shanghai, at night, EVERY building is lit up. The amount of electricity used must be immense. 70 of China's electricity comes from coal power stations. To get to the viewing area, we walked down the pedestrian-only street, which was packed. There were much more people out at night than there were out during the day. A few areas had blaring christmas carols, which I despise. We passed by a bunch of old people dancing to live jazz, which held our interest for about 10 seconds. After one has played Zelda/Paper Mario/Metroid/BF2142, reality has to try pretty damn hard to keep one interested for any length of time, and old people dancing didn't quite cut it. Flashing lights do though, because they are just like games. We looked at the lights for awhile, and I took lots of photos. There were a lot of boats going up and down the river, and the passenger boats were covered in gaudy neon lights. It cost 78å…ƒ to ride on one, which was too expensive for what it was. One boat had a massive screen on it, and every time it passed the view was obscured by advertising. The screen was incredibly bright, I took photos of it, and one of Yvonne and I basking in its glow. On the way back to the bus terminal (yes, we had to walk ALL THE WAY BACK AS WELL!) the camera ran out power. This meant no more photos, obviously. I wanted to ride the slow train down the pedestrian street, but Yvonne refused to potentially miss the chance to look in any shop that sold makeup caught her eye. As we were going through an underpass I noticed a sign advertising "Fish World" or whatever it was called. We're going there on Thursday, the day after we return from Hangzhou. Oh yeah, we're going to Hangzhou tomorrow, on a train. Apparently the train is flash, I'll take a photo of it. Hangzhou and Suzhou are known as the "Heavens of China". We'll see... Obviously I won't have the internet while we're there, so I won't be updating this. I will be taking plenty of photos, and writing this as we go. I'll upload it when we arrive home.
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