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Shanghai National Museum

Taking a look at China's past.

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Shanghai National Museum is one of the best museums of Chinese history in the entire country. The museum has exhibits of the history of currency in China, minority crafts and clothing styles, seals (not the animal), paintings, calligraphy, ceramics, bronze work and jade. A lot of exhibits are donations from private collectors because a large portion of the nation's cultural relics departed to Taiwan with the Nationalists.

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The Bund

A little piece of Europe in Shanghai.

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Along the waterfront of the Huangpu River is a historical area with some architecture unique to Shanghai. The area was the original Wall Street of Shanghai and many foreign banks built a branch or headquarters in the style of their home country. It has a very European feel to it. On the West side of the river is the old architecture and on the East side of the river is the super modern architecture including Shanghai’s 3 tallest buildings. Talk about a contrast!
We also saw a lot of brides having their portraits taken all along the Bund. The trend for brides in Shanghai is to have a photo session before the wedding so that pictures of the bride in her gown can be placed outside of the church and at the reception hall. All of the brides were in huge white Western style gowns and looked amazing!

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Jade Buddha Temple

Incense, candles, chanting, and devotion.

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We visited the temple on the first day of the fifth lunar month. Buddhists pray at the temple on the first and the fifteenth day of each lunar month so we walked into a very active temple. We’ve visited other temples in China, but they’ve all been empty except for tourists. It was very moving to watch the people burning incense, lighting lotus candles, praying to the four directions, and kneeling to pray in each of the temple rooms. The monks were chanting and their voices could be heard as we walked from building to building. Buddhists were balancing coins on the edges of vases and placing money on in and around statues and carvings. The place was packed with the devout.

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I purchased a lotus flower candle and attached a sticker that said, “All my wishes will come true” and added Dan’s name and my name. After I made my wish, the temple worker placed it with the other candles.
As we walked around I noticed women placing silver paper into bags. The silver paper represented money for the spirits. They were for sale and were burned as an offering to the Buddha. All of the offerings were burned in some way so that the smoke could rise to the heavens and carry the prayers or wishes of the people to whomever or whatever was listening or watching. We left smelling of incense and covered with ashes.

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