Ye Shanghai, A Pearl in the East- Part 1: Madame Tussauds in Shanghai

  夜上海 夜上海 你是個不夜城

A day after I was back in Singapore from Bangkok, I flew to Shanghai with my family for a winter vacation.

This time we’re on a tour package where we spent 8 days and 7 nights travelling around provinces in the near vicinity around the Shanghai municipal with other families.

I learnt a lot from this trip, especially our Chinese roots and culture from the various tour guides who we’d met. They were proud of the Chinese culture and traditions and they believe that China is a country of opportunities.   

I found myself gradually beginning to appreciate Chinese arts and culture after witnessing how talented and hardworking the Chinese were.

While I was touring, I also begin to notice the great advancement in the development of the country in terms of technology and industry. Shanghai itself has become quite a prosperous city with many talents and resources to offer. It was quite an impressive insight to me!  

Madame Tussauds Shanghai

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On the first day of our trip, we visited Madame Tussauds Shanghai at New World Building, along Nanjing Xi Road. My first visit to the wax museum was in Bangkok and after visiting Madame Tussauds for the second time, I guess I had enough out wax figures! Some of the wax figures and attractions in the museum were pretty much similar to the one in Bangkok.

It was a Saturday and the museum was bustling with young Shanghainese snapping pictures away with their latest mobile gadgets.

They would hug, kiss and even talk to the wax figures as they posed confidently in front of the camera. And because the place was pretty packed, my Mom and I could not even distinguish the wax figurines from the visitors around us.  

Here are some wax figurines of famous personalities to look out for while you’re at Tussauds…

Andy Lau

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Lady Gaga

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Madame Tussauds  

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I always wonder who she was…  

A quick google search revealed that she’s a wax sculptor. This French lady was Marie Tussaud. She had a talent for wax modelling of figures.   

The first Madame Tussauds museum started in London. Awww man, I should have visited the first and original Madame Tussauds museum when I was there!  

Lady Gaga  

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This young talented woman had people go ‘gaga’ for her music and style.  

Lovely Princess Diana  

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I could see that the wax sculptors put a lot of effort into this wax figurine of Princess Diana. It looks exactly just like her!   

Michael Jackson  

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Teresa Teng

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Her sweet nasal-like resonant voice warms the heart of the many old folks back in Singapore too. A Chinese oldie singer whose songs are not forgotten, even till today.  

Jay Chou

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He appears rather short and small in size. How should I testify this? Give me an opportunity to meet my favourite idol face-to-face! I beg you with my freshly-baked cupcakes!  

Audrey Hepburn

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Audrey Hepburn is another famous and inspiring personality. I admired for her wise words. After watching her movies such as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and When in Rome, I’ve fallen deeper in love with her outgoing and carefree personality. There must be a reason why I felt like her wise words resonated with me. Maybe because she was born on 4 May, the very same day I let out my first baby cries in the hospital too.

She’s a woman of both beauty and brains.

“I’m an introvert…I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.”    ― Audrey Hepburn      

We had some time left after the quick visit to the museum so we went to look for some food. As a matter of fact, my Dad who, ain’t into wax figurines or art, was almost bored to death.

First Meal in Shanghai

Since we didn’t had our lunch onboard, our stomachs were growling. It was 3 pm and we went down to the basement of the building to try their local fast-food eatery, Zhen Gong Fu which sells steamed Chinese food.

We ordered a set which comes with a bowl of rice, soup and some herbal chicken slices. 好好吃!    

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After dinner, we proceeded to Shanghai Circus World to watch the ERA Intersection of time performance, a stunning and extravagant Chinese acrobatic act.

We were quite fortunate to have our seats upgraded to the VIP seating area where we witnessed one of the craziest and dangerous acrobatic acts right before our very own eyes.  


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