I had tried to go to the Shanghai postal museum last year only to find out it was closed. Recently I had a friend in town and so when he asked for things to do, the museum came to my mind again.
After a little bit of confusion – the museum is only open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays – we headed out on a Saturday afternoon to see what was up.
This time the museum was open – at least the second floor, but the first floor was closed. That was fine – it was an improvement from before when I couldn’t get in at all.
I was pretty impressed. The museum was very informative and almost all bilingual. The main exhibit was the history of the postal service in Shanghai which in some form is less than 150 years old. Prior to the standardization of the service in the 1940s/1950s there were a lot of private delivery companies and no standard service.
Because the post office is now a state owned enterprise in China, there were a lot of things that made me smile. They had done a propaganda movie and were showing it – sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s about the valor and strength of post office workers. There was also a postal song – which you could listen to over headphones.
In addition to the specific history there was also a collection of post boxes from around the world and of course lots and lots of stamps. I also noticed a pretty decent children’s exhibit that explained what the post office did.
After going through, the only regret was that the third floor roof garden wasn’t open. I had heard that there were beautiful views from there of Lujiazui. Talking to the security guard he said that it has been closed since the Expo finished (back in 2010) because they believe it is too dangerous for visitors. Makes me a little suspicious, but couldn’t do anything about it at the time.
The museum finished, we went and took a couple of shots looking back at Lujiazui from the edge of Suzhou Creek. I am glad that I finally made it to the museum and would recommend it.
Happy Halloween to you all! It was six years ago today that I got on the airplane for my first trip to China. I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone and how much has happened in the last six years. Keep reading and commenting and I’ll find the time to keep blogging! Your support keeps me going.