Home to around one-fifth of the world’s population, China has long been a hub of culture and history and has seen many transformations over thousands of years of history. In recent times, it has become a symbol of a modern day industrial revolution and strong economic growth. This has led to increasing global interest in the country.
The National Museum of China
Built to mark the tenth anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic, this museum with a façade of huge pillars is most certainly a focal point in Tian’anmen Square. It replaced the Museum of Chinese History and the Museum of Chinese Revolution, and boasts a phenomenal insight into both the ancient and modern history of the country, taking visitors through the three dynasties as well as the Communist Revolution, the two civil wars and the resistance struggle against the Japanese in WWII.
The Palace Museum (The Forbidden City)
This is by far China’s most popular ancient palace. Covering an area of roughly 2,350,000 square feet, fenced off from the outside world and containing high watch towers; it may come as a surprised that this ‘Fort Knox’ is located slap bang in the middle of the capital city, Beijing. It is a place of considerable historical significance, being home to some 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Located in the centre of Shanghai’s downtown, this, one of the ‘four great museums of China’ boasts a fantastic array of rare national and foreign artistic artefacts, including painting and chinaware.
Another of the ‘great four’, Nanjing Museum specialises in the excavation and preservation of ancient relics from the municipal region to provide a detailed history into the development of the area. One particular attraction here is the ‘Nanking Man’s Skull’.
Hopefully, this has given you a glimpse into the must-see museums in China and possibly a starting point in planning your next trip
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