Shanghai Children Palace

Last updated by meimeili at 2013-11-3

Overview

Shanghai Children’s Palace is a very interesting location to visit as well as to enjoy performances by children. Shanghai Children’s Palace is a type of training school that offers gifted kids after school education.
 
Children can participate in a huge variety of extracurricular activities like computer science, technology, science, model making, art, dance and music.

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Introduction 

Several mansions built during the opulent past of Shanghai have been provided a new life in the last few years. Marble Hall or Kadoorie Mansion is one such mansion. It had once been home to the Kadoories, one of the wealthiest families in Shanghai. The family was Jewish and from Baghdad originally. After the country’s Cultural Revolution, various Children’s Palaces had been created throughout the country to provide after school care to children. This particular building is designed so children can practice arts and study after school. Gifted children can today study and practice dance, learn musical instruments, computer science and the theater.

History 

Shanghai Children’s Palace had been originally built by Song Qingling in 1953. Song Qingling is Sun Yatsen’s wife. The palace had been created to offer after school lessons and education to talented children such as computer science, technology, science, art, dance, music and other extracurricular activities. Each year, the Shanghai Children’s Palace hosts art performances as well as technology and science competitions for children. Visitors can also attend various special performances.

How Does It Work?

Shanghai Children’s Palace is a very unique type of school where children get to learn things that they are not normally taught in school. Children in the age range of 5-14 can join the Shanghai Children’s Palace after paying a small amount of money and passing a simple exam. They can participate in programs based on their interests such as computer skills, calligraphy, dancing, piano or painting. Shanghai Children’s Palace has helped China train gifted children so they can become musicians and champions of the sporting world.

The Construction 

Shanghai Children’s Palace is located in downtown Shanghai on the West Yanan Road. It was built by Sun Yatsen’s wife, Song Qingling. The main part of the Shanghai Children’s Palace is located in a building that had once been a private villa of a merchant in ancient times in older Shanghai. The construction of the building started in 1918. It took 6 years for the construction to be completed in 1924. The materials that were used for construction of Shanghai Children’s Palace were high quality marble imported all the way from Europe. This is one of the reasons why Shanghai Children’s Palace is also often known as the Marble Mansion. It is a beautiful, elegant and striking building with marble lined hallways, impressive curving staircases as well as a magnificent front hall that has French windows, grand chandeliers and ornate fireplaces. 

A Great Place to Visit

The Shanghai Children’s Palace is a great place to visit with children. While it holds special importance for kids, it is also an equally fascinating place to visit for adults due to the wide range of performances that are organized and conducted here. The Shanghai Children Palace is financially supported by the government since it is a part of Social Welfare in China. It receives major donations from all around the country as well as the world.   

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Location:

No. 64, West Yan’an Rd. in Jing’an District

How to Get There?

Visitors can reach Shanghai Children’s Palace through bus no 10, 7, 3 and 15. 

Ticket Price:

CNY 10

Opening Hours:

9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

More Tips:

Visit on 1st June for Children’s Day celebrations.


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