China's automobile history parks here

Yu Hong
Twenty made-in-China cars are on display at the Shanghai Auto Museum in Jiading, marking the development of the nation's transport industries over the past 70 years.
Yu Hong
China's automobile history parks here
Shanghai Auto Museum / Ti Gong

Twenty made-in-China cars are on display at the Shanghai Auto Museum in Jiading, marking the development of the nation’s transport industries over the past 70 years since the establishment of the People’s Republic of China. 

Twenty made-in-China cars and 300 car-related photos and items are on display at the Shanghai Auto Museum in Jiading District, introducing the development of transport industries in China over the past 70 years.

Eight sections — “When the Dream Began,” “The Glory of Labor,” “Our Happy Times,” “The Way We Travel,” “Life Witness,” “The Era of Creation,” “Chinese Automobile Industry” and “Memories of Shanghai” — take visitors back to the origin of the industry in the country.

The automobile industry has undergone huge changes that have affected the way Chinese people travel.

The exhibits take you back to the beginning of the People’s Republic of China when there was no auto industry. That’s why there was a feeling of being on top of the world when the Hongqi cars were built.

That was the start of the Chinese people’s automobile dreams. Trucks and tractors from the 1960s are on display, helping people busy with the construction of the country. Some toy cars are also on display, indicating the joys of childhood.

Showcasing are valuable cars such as the Skoda VOS of Marshal Zhu De (1886-1976). It is the first time it has been shown outside the Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution in Beijing since its restoration. Other highlights include a Hongqi CA 72, Shanghai SH760A and a Beijing Jeep 212.

Domestic museums and private collectors provided some of the collection. Private collector Bai Guang offered some classic cars, including a Haiyan SW710, a Shanghai 250K, a Shanghai SH58-1 and a Shanghai SH761 for the exhibition.

Corporations including SAIC, Chery and Geely also went to great effort to ensure the success of the exhibition.

Souvenirs designed for the exhibition are on sale in the gift shop, including music boxes with components from real cars and commemorative coins with car designs.

Interactive activities on offer include a parent-child car knowledge class and narration by volunteers to enhance visitor experience.

Date: Through January 6, 2020 (closed on Mondays)

Ticket: 60 yuan

Venue: Shanghai Auto Museum

Address: 7565 Boyuan Road

博园路7565号

China's automobile history parks here
Shanghai Auto Museum / Ti Gong

Among the items on display are the little bag of a ticket seller with its employee number on it, a monthly pass with a picture of its owner and several bus fare tickets. 

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