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Xuhui good place for science since ancient times
By Qu Zhi

Shanghai now has 150 science education facilities around the city, including museums, parks, activity centers and universities. In the second installation of this series, we explore venues in Xuhui District, showing you their fun and meaningful topics that involve science.

Xuhui District is named after Xujiahui, an important commercial center with many high rises and jumbo apartment stores. Xujiahui was historically a land owned by Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) bureaucrat and scientist Xu Guangqi. Xujiahui is named after him. Xu was also the author of one of the first comprehensive treatises on the subject of agriculture.

With this history, Xuhui District seems a great place to explore science.

• Shanghai Entomological Museum

Reopened in 2004, Shanghai Entomological Museum covers an area of 2,000 square meters, with a collection of more than 1 million insect specimens.

In the center of the museum is an exhibit with beautifully framed butterfly specimens that attract visitors with their colors and variety. Also exhibited is a treasured collection of rare species of moths.

There also are many vivid pictures and descriptions regarding the world of insects, and insects’ important relationship with humans. Visitors can also learn how insect specimens are preserved at a workshop and also get a closer view of live insects in the museum’s breeding room. Expert guidance is provided at the museum as well so visitors can learn more if they want.

Address: 300 Fenglin Rd

Opening hours: Daily, 9:30am-4pm

Admission: 15 yuan

• Shanghai Jade Carving Factory

Shanghai Jade Carving Factory, established in 1958, demonstrates the process of carving jade and provides videos and lectures to the visitors.

Jade traditionally was believed to have health benefits, such as balancing yin and yang energies and curing disease. Carving jade is a laborious process that requires skill and an eye for detail.

Address: 272 Caoxi Rd

Admission: FreeBook in advance, call 6436-2660 ext 111, or 6408-9799.

• Huangdaopo Memorial Hall

This interesting memorial hall is dedicated to the woman who made great contributions to the development of the Chinese traditional handcraft of cotton textile production.

Huang Daopo was born in 1245 and became a great innovator in textile techniques who was committed to revolutionizing the backward textile production tools in her hometown, Songjiang in Shanghai. She conceived advanced textile technology and generously taught people. Very soon, Songjiang became the center of cotton textiles in China and flourished as such for several hundred years.

The museum has pictures, information and tools with information on Huang’s life and covers an area of 3,550 square meters.

Address: No. 119, Lane 2388, Longwu Rd

Open hours: Daily, 9am-11am; 1pm-4pm

Admission: Free

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