China – Shanghai – People’s Park, MoCa Art & the Grand Theatre

– SEPTEMBER 26, 2015

People’s Park is a public park in the Huangpu District of central Shanghai.  It is located south of Nanjing Road, a major shopping street, and north of People’s Square.  Originally the northern part of the Shanghai Race Club, the park’s central location makes it the main spot for rallies and demonstrations in Shanghai. With several major museums and Shanghai’s main shopping street nearby, it is one of the top tourist destinations in the city.

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People’s Park

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People’s Park

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People’s Park

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People’s Park

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People’s Park

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People’s Park

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People’s Park

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People’s Park

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People’s Park

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People’s Park

The Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai (MoCa Art Museum) is a contemporary art museum in the city of Shanghai.  It is located within People’s Park, north of People’s Square, the location of a former race course that now holds the central administrative building and museums of Shanghai.  Surrounding buildings include the Municipal Government Headquarters, the Shanghai Grand Theatre, and the Shanghai Museum.

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MoCa Art Museum

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MoCa Art Museum

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MoCa Art Museum

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MoCa Art Museum

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MoCa Art Museum

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MoCa Art Museum

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MoCa Art Museum

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MoCa Art Museum

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MoCa Art Museum

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MoCa Art Museum

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MoCa Art Museum

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MoCa Art Museum

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MoCa Art Museum

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MoCa Art Museum

The Shanghai Grand Theatre (SGT) is one of the largest and best-equipped automatic stages in the world.  Since the theatre opened on August 27, 1998, it has staged over 6,000 performances of operas, musicals, ballets, symphonies, chamber music concerts, spoken dramas and various Chinese operas.  The site is located at the intersection of Central Boulevard and Huangpi Road South in the northern part of the People’s Square in Shanghai.  It is the home of the Shanghai Opera House Company; however, the title “Shanghai Opera House” officially applies to only the performing company and not to the building.  The Shanghai Grand Theatre is also the resident for other performing companies.

With a total area of 2.1 hectares and a total construction area of 70,000 sq. meters, SGT is home to three theatres inside: the Lyric Theatre with 1,800 seats, the drama theatre that can seat 600 and the studio theatre of 300 seats.  All sound and lighting devices were sourced from world famous suppliers.  The stage in the Lyric Theatre, which has an area of about 1,700 square meters, including main stage, rear stage and left/right side stages, is one of the world’s biggest, best equipped and most versatile automatic mechanical stages.  Supporting facilities of the Theatre include the SGT Arc Banquet Hall (Sky Ball Room), Maxim’s, Box Office and a large underground parking lot.

The building’s distinctive architectural style was designed by ARTE Charpentier, a famous architecture design company founded by French architect Jean-Marie Charpentier.  The building interior was designed by Studios Architecture.  When the night falls, the light installations around the build make the site’s entire exterior resemble a crystal palace.

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Shanghai Grand Theatre

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Shanghai Grand Theatre

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Shanghai Grand Theatre

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Shanghai Grand Theatre

Next we are off to see the Shanghai Museum.

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For more photos of our adventure go to our flickr account here.