Diversity in History

On April 23, 2012, in Beijing, Historical Relics, Museums, by Jack Li

To escape the springtime heat and falling pollen (for hay fever sufferers) on your travel to Beijing, there is always the National Museum of China to try out. This building is directly opposite The Great Hall of the People on Tiananmen Square and houses some of the best artwork and historical relics the country has […]

To escape the springtime heat and falling pollen (for hay fever sufferers) on your travel to Beijing, there is always the National Museum of China to try out. This building is directly opposite The Great Hall of the People on Tiananmen Square and houses some of the best artwork and historical relics the country has to offer. What’s more, admission is free but due to the significance of the place; ensure that you bring your passport in order to enter. Queues aren’t too much of an issue as there are plenty of security inspectors on hand. Be sure not to take food and drink into the museum (there is a café and food stalls inside) and avoid using flash on your camera in the exhibits where picture-taking is allowed. Tiananmen East on Line 1 is the nearest subway station and there are many Beijing hotels in relatively close proximity.

The museum formed in 2003 and is the product of two predecessor museums (the Museum of the Chinese Revolution and the National Museum of Chinese History). After which the museum closed for four years and reopened in 2011 with twenty-eight new exhibition halls. The scale of the building (191,900 square meters) means that you could spend a whole day there (or in any case, you could just go to the parts you’re interested in). These facts alone should, hopefully, be reason enough to go and experience the grandeur of the building and its vast collections.

The historical content found at the museum encompasses topics ranging from; prehistoric man in China (the ‘Peking Man’), Neolithic China and all the way through to the dynastic periods. Within this historical timeline, various themes are encountered which highlight the amazing diversity in China’s history. In particular, the prevalence of ceramics is a running theme throughout the historical exhibits. The designs and production of the pottery, for one, are a remarkable indication of the society’s progression down the ages. Even the usage of the numerous ceramic containers reflects the sharing culture in which China adopted thousands of years ago and has continued ever since.

Nevertheless, the exhibits convey an important message insofar as China’s history is multi-layered and colourful. Indeed, sections of the museum which can be highly recommended to view include reading about the country’s unification, international trade, ethnic groups and social reforms. These topics are all extremely thought-provoking and complement China’s historical diversity. Notes, maps and general information pertaining to the infamous Chinese explorer, Zheng He, are available to read. Amongst other things, Zheng He, was noted for sailing as far as Africa in the 15th century! Another particularly interesting aspect which one exhibit draws upon is the prominence gender; with both male and female figures represented (such as a display of figures of ancient female polo players).

To truly appreciate China, then reading about its history might be a good place to start, and the descriptions in the museum can provide a basic overview as they  are written in a concise manner in both Chinese and English. If anything, rather than reading, the majority of your time will most likely be spent by staring at some of the incredible artifacts such as depictions of emperors and jade-fashioned items or a couple of superb terracotta warriors (if you are not going to travel to Xi’an but are considering Beijing flights).

 

 

 

Beijing on a Budget

On October 10, 2011, in Beijing, Cultural Experience, by Jack Li

If you want to travel to Beijing and you enjoy saving money, then Beijing is right place for you. There are multiple of places to visit. Some of these sites should be close to your Beijing hotel. The first place you should see is the National Museum of China. You can get there by taking […]

If you want to travel to Beijing and you enjoy saving money, then Beijing is right place for you. There are multiple of places to visit. Some of these sites should be close to your Beijing hotel. The first place you should see is the National Museum of China. You can get there by taking Subway line 1, but please make sure you get out at the Tiananmen East stop. 

The National Museum of China is the largest history museum in China. It opened in 2003. In the museum there is Chinese ancient history Section. The ancient history sections dates back to 1,700,000 years ago and ends in 1921. This section holds the most amazing historical objects, such as the Terracotta Warriors. Another section of the museum is the Revolutionary section this section holds a great deal of material such as pictures, books, and models, these materials represent the development of modern day China.

The second place you need to visit is Tiananmen Square. You can also get there by taking line 1 of the subway and stopping at either Tiananmen West or East stops. Tiananmen Square is a historical place; it is where Chairman Mao Zedong proclaimed China to be the “People’s Republic of China” on October 1, 1941. There are also many sites to see while you are visiting Tiananmen Square like, Monument to People’s Heroes, Tiananmen Tower, Great Hall of the People, and Memorial Hall Of Chairman Mao. The admission is free; unless you want to explode Tiananmen Tower then it will cost you 15RMB. If you take the subway make sure you are on line 1 and get off on Tiananmen West or East.

Another great place to visit while you are in Beijing is the Olympic Green. There is so much to see here. During the day you can walk around the Forest Park. The park is a great place to go since it makes you feel like you left the busy life of Beijing to walk through a forest. There are many different paths you can take and each one is peaceful. While you are walking you can hear birds singing and see different types of flowers and trees.

When it gets dark you can walk around the Olympic Green. It’s better to walk the Olympic green in the dark since everything light up. On the Olympic Green you can see the Olympic Torch and the Birds Nest that is where they held the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. While you are on the Olympic Green you can see the night life. Sometimes there are groups of people dancing and some people playing instruments and other flying kites. Going to the Olympic Green and the Forest Park is a pleasant way to spend a day.

So if you are on a budget and you want to travel to Beijing makes sure you plan on seeing The National Museum of China, Tiananmen Square, and the Olympic Green, given that all three of these places has free admissions. So it is a great way to send your day and stay debt free. So plan on starting your China tours soon.

National Museum of China

On September 23, 2011, in Activities, Beijing, Cultural Experience, Museums, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

Located on the east side of Tian’anmen Square in downtown Beijing, the National Museum of China was founded in February 2003 after merging with the former National Museum of Chinese History and the National Museum of Chinese Revolution. History and art are two factors emphasized in the collections and is also a terrific place for […]

Located on the east side of Tian’anmen Square in downtown Beijing, the National Museum of China was founded in February 2003 after merging with the former National Museum of Chinese History and the National Museum of Chinese Revolution. History and art are two factors emphasized in the collections and is also a terrific place for school trips and as a tourist attraction.

The predecessor of the National Museum of Chinese History is the Preparatory Office of the National Museum of History which was founded on July 9th, 1912. It was renamed the Beijing Museum of History after October 1st, 1949 when People’s Republic of China was founded. After a decade, it was renamed the National Museum of Chinese History. The predecessor of the National Museum of Chinese Revolution was the Preparatory Office of the National Museum of Revolution founded in March, 1950 and renamed ten years later.

In August, 1959, the new buildings on the east side of the Tian’anmen Square were constructed. The museum was regarded one of the “Top Ten Great Constructions” for celebrating the 10th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China. The two museums opened to the public on that October 1st .The aims of the National Museum of China are to protect Chinese cultural heritage, display a long-standing history, provide education on history and culture to the public, especially for the younger generation and promote cultural exchange and communication with other countries and regions. It is not also a museum and a perfect place for further study of culture, history and art.

After the expansion of 2010, the National Museum of China became the largest museum in the world with an area of 191,900 square meters. There are over 1 million collections in 49 galleries. Ancient China and The Road of Rejuvenation are two permanent exhibitions with over a dozen showrooms each. The Museum of Chinese History covers the collections from 1.7 million years ago to the end of the Qing Dynasty. The National Museum of China contains over 620,385 cultural items in its permanent art collection, and the museum displays many precious and rare Chinese historical artifacts that are not found in other museums.

The Most Important Collections

1. Houmuwu square cauldron (ding)

Houmuwu square cauldron (ding) was cast over 3,000 years ago and weighing 832.84 kilograms. It the largest Shang ritual bronze vessel found to date and the heaviest ancient bronze item in the world.

2. Square vessel (fang zun) with four rams

Being the biggest existing square zun, square vessel with four rams was made in Late Shang (1300–1046 BC) with a height of 58.3cm. It is a perfect fusion of moulding and artistic design representing the best bronze-making traditional technique.

How to get tickets

The museum is at No. 16, Chang’an Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing. Its opening times are 9:00 to 17:00 Tuesday to Sunday. Tickets are issued until 15:30 and last admission is at 16:00. You can get a free ticket from the Ticket Office at the West Gate by showing your valid ID (passport). Group visitors (more than 20 people) have to book the free tickets seven days before by calling 010-65116400 and get them at the North Gate Ticket Office with a certificate letter of the unit.

National Museum of China

On August 17, 2011, in Beijing, Museums, Must-sees, by Jack Li

China is full of culture and history, almost everything that you can see, smell, hear and taste in China has a story behind it. A great place to go to get background knowledge about it all is from museums and one of the most infamous ones in China is the National Museum of China. When […]

China is full of culture and history, almost everything that you can see, smell, hear and taste in China has a story behind it. A great place to go to get background knowledge about it all is from museums and one of the most infamous ones in China is the National Museum of China. When you Travel to Beijing and have your Beijing Tours don’t forget to visit this monument which is located in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. The mission of the museum is to educate people about the arts and history of China.

The National Museum of China (NMC) was founded in February 2003 after a merger between the former National Museum of Chinese History and the National Museum of Chinese Revolution. NMC is an integrated national museum under the Ministry of Culture of the People’s Republic of China it focuses on both history and art. Not only this but the museum puts a great emphasise and dedication to its collection, exhibitions, research, archaeology, public education, and cultural communication.

The National Museum holds the country’s most important historical objects. Through China’s History Exhibition, these are shown to visitors from both inside and outside China, to display the long history and continuous civilization of the Chinese people. At the same time, the museum undertakes education projects, archaeological excavations and scientific research, which it puts a great value on. The earliest item on display is the teeth of Yuanmou Man from Yunnan Province, dating back to about 1,700,000 years. The most recent are historical artefacts from Xinhai Revolution of 1911.

The National Museum of China contains over 620,385 cultural items in its permanent art collection and the museum displays many precious and rare Chinese historical artefacts which are not found in many other museums in China or the world.

Some of the most important collections at the National Museum of China are; the “Simuwu Ding” (a form of vessel) from the Shang Dynasty, which was cast over 3,000 years ago and weighing 832.84 kg. This is the heaviest ancient bronze ware in the world. The Shang Dynasty square bronze “Zun” (wine vessel) is decorated with four sheep heads, a large rare inscribed Western Zhou Dynasty (11th century BC – 771 BC) bronze Pan, gold-inlaid bronze tally in the shape of a tiger from the Qin Dynasty, a Han Dynasty (206 BC – 220 AD) jade burial suit sewn with gold thread,and a comprehensive collection of tri-coloured glazed sancai of the Tang Dynasty and ceramics from the Song Dynasty.

In addition to seeing these ancient artefacts, spectators also come to partake in exhibitions. In the past the museum has had a lot of exhibitions on artists such as; Art of Pan Tianshou, Art of Li Keran and Art of Huang Zhou. But the exhibitions aren’t limited to just being about art, they range of many different talks, there is an exhibition coming up on ancient Chinese money. It demonstrates the historical development of ancient Chinese money, the connections between economic development and the issuance and circulation of currency within each period.

To embrace the history of China get Beijing Flights and experience how China got to where it is today.

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