A cultural trip in Minhang District

Li Fei Ma Xuefeng
From the latest in the media art world to an ancient civilization, there is much to see and do if you have the time to explore the Shanghai suburbs.
Li Fei Ma Xuefeng

Shot and edited by Ma Xuefeng. 

Spend a weekend in Shanghai suburbs? iDEALShanghai took a day trip to Minhang District. From the “Over and Over Again” new media art world tour at the Powerlong Museum to the cultural and historic attractions in Maqiao, there is much more to explore, Li Fei reports

Take a new media art world tour at Powerlong Museum

The Powerlong Museum in the Qibao Business Ecology Zone in Minhang District presents worldclass visual arts. From the building itself to the exhibitions inside, the museum carries forward the essence of traditional culture and promotes the development of contemporary art.

It is currently hosting the exhibitions “MOTSE: Over and Over Again” new media art world tour and “All Rivers Run into the Sea — Shucang’s Collection.”

The “MOTSE: Over and Over Again” new media art world tour will be in Shanghai until November 10.

Seventeen large-scale works of art in various forms, such as new media interactive images, mechanical power devices and static sculptures, are presented by the sponsor of the exhibition New Media Art Team MOTSE. During the 120-minute exhibition time, the audience will experience a dream-like journey of new media art in a 2,200-square-meter art space. The exhibition tries to help audiences redefine self-identity by breaking away from the shackles of identity and desire conferred by social life.

The dream-like new media interactive images make the exhibition a popular place for taking photos.

Shucang’s Collection is a permanent exhibition at the museum, a fine collection of calligraphy and paintings of Hoi Kin Hong’s family. Shucang Library is a library named by Hoi Kin Hong in honor of his father Hoi Shucang, also the family’s art collection house. Many of the objects are masterpieces of modern and contemporary Chinese artists as well as the works of contemporary artists of world influence. They systematically showcase the collections of representative artists from different regions and schools in China over the past hundred years.

Address: 3055 Caobao Rd.

Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00~18:00 (17:00 last entry)

A cultural trip in Minhang District
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Fiona Li (left) and Shirlene Gu are fascinated by a new media installation at the Powerlong Museum. 

A cultural trip in Minhang District
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iDEALShanghai reporters visit the “MOTSE: Over and Over Again” new media art world tour.

A cultural trip in Minhang District
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Shucang’s Collection, a permanent exhibition at the Powerlong Musuem

A cultural trip in Minhang District
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Fiona Li sits on a sofa, immersed in colorful lights.

A cultural trip in Minhang District
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A digital installation at the MOTSE exhibition

Know more about the ancient Shanghai cultural relics at Maqiao Cultural Exhibition Hall

One of the three main ancient Shanghai cultural relics, the Maqiao culture of Minhang dates back about 3,900-3,200 years, it is located on the top of an embankment known as the “Bamboo Grove” in Yutang Village, Maqiao Town of Minhang. The other two are the Songze culture of Qingpu and the Guangfulin culture of Songjiang.

The site was discovered in 1959, and more than 1,000 pieces of archeological relics have been unearthed so far.

In 2013, it was declared a major historical and cultural site with national-level protection by the State Council.

In the Maqiao Cultural Exhibition Hall, the most impressive experience ought to be the “Innovative media design experience.”

The Exhibition Hall features immersive experience space, VR (virtual reality) glasses, transparent screen, AR (augmented reality) photo interaction, somatosensory pottery interaction, virtual archeologists, 360-degree holograms, QR codes and other interactive functions, bringing history back to life — what the ancient Maqiao people eat and wear and where they live using high-tech media methods.

Address: 858 Beisong Rd.

Opening Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 9:30~17:00

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Stone sculptures reproduce an excavation scene at the Maqiao Culture Exhibition Hall.

A cultural trip in Minhang District
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Tools used by archeologists while unearthing the Maqiao cultural relics

The Shanghai-Style Cultural and Creative Store inside Qibao bell tower

About 20 kilometers from downtown Shanghai, Qibao old town is famous for its temples and gardens with most of the architecture preserved from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties.

It’s said the name of Qibao came from the folk tales about seven treasures, including Buddha, Cuanlai bell, lotus scriptures, sacred trees, a gold chicken, a jade axe and jade chopsticks.

Now, the only one of the seven to be found is the Cuanlai Bell, and the bell tower is a feature of Qibao.

The newly opened Shanghai-Style Cultural and Creative Store, the brand’s second store, is inside the bell tower.

At present, more than 78 culture and museum related units and cultural and creative enterprises are in the shop, stocking about 1,900 kinds of products, divided into three main sections: Shanghai-school Collection, Brilliant Chinese Culture and World Expo.

There is also a series of Qibao products, including a set of teacups inspired by the seven treasures of Qibao.

Address: The Bell Tower, Qibao Old Street

Opening Hours: 10:00-22:00

A cultural trip in Minhang District
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Fiona Li (left) and Shirlene Gu at the Shanghai-Style Cultural and Creative Store.

A cultural trip in Minhang District
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A moon-shaped fan at a store in Qibao

A cultural trip in Minhang District
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A set of porcelain crafts at a store in Qibao

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