We continue our Shanghai visit with a magical tour to get to know the megalopolis a bit better and taste the wonderful food this largest of all cities by population in the whole wide world.
My personal guides were knowledgeable and lots of fun to be with. They were my mother in law, mama Chen and my wife, Yirong, both of which know the city extremely well. Needless to say, we had a wonderful time after we arrived at the temple area early morning.
I was lucky enough to join a small group involved in T'ai chi ch'uan or tàijíquán, often shortened to t'ai chi, or taiji exercises. Afterwards, we went to eat at the very popular and delicious NanXiang Xiaolongbao steam buns and soup dumplings near the center of the town. All of the anciently styled buildings surrounded a water garden in the center of the square adding to the incredibly ambiance.
The next even was a tour of The Shanghai Conservatory of Music, which was established on November 27, 1927 by composers, music theorists, and educators to recruit college students, graduate, and doctoral candidates. This institution offers 13 departments. Composition Department, command line, music department, the Department of Folk Music, Piano Department, the Department of vocal, orchestral University, Music Education, Music and Drama Department of Management Department of Arts, Music Department, Department of modern instrumental music and percussion, the Ministry of public infrastructure. Involving six professional technical theory of composition and composer, music school, music, performing arts, recording arts, public utilities management, music, science, technology and art), nearly 20 professional direction, both with a solid foundation of traditional professional, there are a number of new emerging disciplines and cross-disciplinary.
The National Institute specializes in musicology, composition theory and technology, music performance, music education, musicology, composition theory and techniques.
As we walked around this massive campus, we saw and heard music students playing rehearsing wind, string and just about any type of instruments you could imagine.
Our marvelous musical tour culminated with dinner and a Chinese classical music concert, which featured music from a similar love story like the classic Romeo and Juliet. The tragic love story Liang Zhu ends with the death of the couple as they both turn into butterflies.
This story is one of China's Four Great Folktales, the others being the Legend of the White Snake Baishezhuan, Lady Meng Jiang, and The Cowherd and the Weaving Maid Niulang Zhinü.