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Shanghai Museum, Shanghai
» Construction of the modern museum building began in August 1993; the museum was re-opened to the public on October 12, 1996.
» The five-storey building has height of 30 meters and occupies 39,200 m2.
» The museum building is designed in shape of an ancient bronze tripod, the most well-known form of ritual utensils in China. The building has a round top and a square base, symbolizing the ancient Chinese perception of the world as round sky and flat rectangular land.
» The Shanghai Museum has collected about 120 thousand exhibits. It has valuable collections of bronzes, ceramics, calligraphy, furniture, jade statues, old coins, paintings, print and sculpture.
» The Shanghai Museum has items of national importance, including one of the three existing models of transparent bronze mirrors of the Han Dynasty.
Jin Mao Tower, Shanghai
» The height of a skyscraper with the antenna is 421 m. The roof of the building is located at an altitude of 370 m, and the upper floor is at a height of 366 m.
» The building has 88 floors and 61 elevator. Three floors of the building are underground housing a parking for 600 cars.
» Various offices occupy floors from 3rd to 50th, and 5-star Grand Hyatt Hotel of 555 rooms with a few restaurants is set on floors 53-85th.
» The observation deck with a capacity of 1,000 people, which offers amazing views of Shanghai, is at 88th floor of the skyscraper.
Science and Technology Museum, Shanghai
» Exhibits of the museum are devoted to nature, man, science and technology.
» The museum is divided into seven exhibition areas: Secrets of Planet Earth, Living Beings and Phenomena of Nature, Light of Wisdom, Audio&Visual Entertainment Park, Cradle of Design, Children’s Rainbow Land and Museum of Nature.
» The museum also houses a cinema with a big screen and a 3D dome theater, as well as gift shops, multi-purpose hall banks and other complex objects.
» Currently, 1,272 species of fish and 331 species of mammals are represented in the museum.
China Pavilion, Shanghai
» The main pavilion is in the shape of an inverted pyramid and has a bright red color. Nearby there are regional pavilions.
» The architecture of the building is subordinate to the Chinese style and forms a single integrated block.
» The area occupied by the palace is 70,000 sq.m.
» The latest technology of energy saving and rainwater harvesting was used in the construction of the main pavilion: the building was covered by a special film that accumulates solar energy and rainwater. These are used in the everyday life of the building.
» After the EXPO Exhibition, the pavilions continued to demonstrate the Chinese culture by hosting various exhibitions and events.
Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Shanghai
Facts: » The Shanghai Center for Oriental Art was designed by the French architect Paul André. His original idea of joining five hemispheres with one base resembles a butterfly or a flower.
» Each hemisphere contains a hall – Theater hall, Concert, Exhibition and Opera hall, plus the common foyer.
» The interiors of each hall differ in the color of the facing stone.
» Glass facades with metal perforated sheets create an amazing reflective effect in the evening illumination.
» The largest organ in China is installed in the Concert hall. It is equipped with 88 registers and 5 manuals that dramatically enrich the sound of the instrument.
» By combining all the main forms of art in one building, the goal of mutual attraction of art and society was accomplished.
» The Center of Oriental Art became a model of modern architectural construction.