Tuesday, March 09, 2010

San Francisco and Shanghai - Sister Cities

Shanghai and San Francisco became sister cities in 1980.  To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this partnership as well as Shanghai's hosting of Expo 2010, San Francisco is hosting a number of events this year.  The main feature is the Asian Art Museum's "Shanghai," an exhibition running through September 5.  I must admit that I was underwhelmed by the exhibit, which features an overview of art produced in Shanghai over the past 170 years.  I found the exhibit too scattered with little holding it together.  Nevertheless, if you are in town, stop by the Asian Art Museum.  Even if you don't enjoy "Shanghai," the permanent collection provides a pretty good overview of Asian Art, especially from South Asia, China, and Japan.  Admission to the permanent collection and "Shanghai" costs $17 unless you go between 5:00 and 9:00 p.m. on Thursday when the price is $10.  Discounts are available for seniors, youth, and college students.

I also stopped by the Presidio Officers Club to see "The Jews in Modern China," an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia showcasing the Jewish communities in Shanghai and other Chinese cities during the period from 1840 to1949.  There's a lot of text to read but, if you are unfamiliar with this Chapter in Chinese or Jewish history, take a look when are in the Presidio.  The exhibit is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 5:00 and admission is free.

If you would like to take a private tour of San Francisco that includes a stop to see "The Jews in Modern China," contact Blue Heron Custom Tours and Travel at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or Rick@BlueHeronTours.com

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