Key events in the city’s history over the past 100 years are on show in a new exhibition which opens at Shanghai History Museum today.
About 140 exhibits, 38 of them being seen in public for the first time, bear witness to the evolution of the city.
From the period before 1949, visitors can find souvenir medals of the Songhu Battle against the Japanese in Shanghai in 1932, Japanese soldiers’ swords and documentation of the “nation salvation bond” issued by the government of the Republic of China.
The early post-war period saw rapid development of the country’s manufacturing sector, with Shanghai a spearhead. A 555 brand table clock from the 1950s, a Phoenix bicycle from the 1960s and a valve radio from the same period are on display.
A Chinese poster for the 1950 Hungarian film “Goose Boy” shows early international film exchanges.
Some interesting exhibits from the later period include paper tickets for Shanghai’s Metro Line 1, which opened in 1993, and a jersey worn by Yao Ming, the world-famous basketball player from Shanghai.
A painting on the life of residents in typical shikumen (stone gate) neighborhoods by local comic book artist He Youzhi delights visitors.
The exhibition on the first floor of the museum’s East Building on Nanjing Road W. is due to end on October 7. Alongside is an exhibition of the life of Chinese women from the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) to 1949.
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