Fiona was my guide to the Shanghai Museum. Free admission! But a tiny lunch cost an arm and a leg by Shanghai standards.
We looked at ceramics and bronzes and carved jade items that made me ask Fiona: "What were our ancestors doing 4,000 years ago?" The scope of this civilization is astounding.
A set of 8 stone lions guards the facade of the Shanghai Museum. Each has his own personality, and represents a different sort of protection. They are reproductions from eras that range from a few hundred years BCE to about 900 CE.
We had sandwiches labeled "hamburgers" (round bun + ham = hamburger, right?) and hot chocolate for about 84 RMB ($13) - insane to pay such a price, but museum food the world over is high-priced. And the surroundings were beautiful. In typical Shanghai fashion, just as we reached the front of the line, a man barged into line and insisted on being served immediately. The young uniformed man who managed the line could only look apologetically at us. Fortified with food and drink, we headed out to enjoy the galleries