The Stunning New Fengxian Museum Will Open in Shanghai Tomorrow

By Urban Family, May 15, 2019

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This article originally appeared on our sister website, Urban Family Shanghai.

By Yuzhou Hu

Fengxian Museum – a new cultural landmark in Shanghai – is all set to open to the public tomorrow, reports Shine.

Occupying an area of 25,300 square meters, the museum is set on the gorgeous Jinhai Lake. Jinhai Lake is the second largest artificial lake in Shanghai and is dubbed ‘Shanghai Fish’ due to its shape.

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The construction of the museum commenced in 2017. Designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, the museum features three individual pavilions. Decorated with glass walls and copper grilling on the outside, the museum was designed to complement the surrounding natural setting.

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The new Fengxian Museum has more than just good looks. Fengxian District has a history of over 4,000 years. The name of the district even came from one of Confucius’s apprentices. At the museum, visitors can learn about the history and development of the area from the museum’s permanent exhibitions. The venue features more than 3,000 artifacts discovered within the district.

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The most anticipated exhibition is the opening exhibition, which will highlight Emperor Yongzheng of Qing Dynasty and feature approximately 120 artifacts from the Palace Museum of Beijing. Tourists can learn about the lifestyle of Emperor Yongzheng through items like jade, stamps, calligraphy, paintings and porcelain figures.

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The exhibition wasn’t randomly chosen to be the opening exhibition. As a matter of fact, it was during Emperor Yongzheng’s time in power when Fengxian officially became a county. “There aren‘t many items left from Emperor Yongzheng’s [era] compared to other periods in the history,” explained Zhang Xuesong, head of the new museum. “That’s what makes these remaining artifacts particularly rare and precious.”

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The new Fengxian Museum is free to enter and is within walking distance from Jinhai Lake Station of Metro Line 5. Suffice it to say, the museum is sure to become another cultural landmark of Shanghai.

Fengxian Museum, see listing here.

[Cover image via Bendibao]

This article was originally published by our sister magazine Urban Family Shanghai. For more articles like this, visit the Urban Family website, or follow the Urban Family WeChat account (ID: urbanfamilyshanghai).

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