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Chinese Ethnic Museum

Updated:2008-06-06 10:27 | Source:

  The museum lies within the National Olympic

  Park, Minzuyuan Road, Chaoyang District. Also known

  as Chinese Ethnic Park, it is a large

  anthropological museum that also serves as a spot of

  cultural interest. It is capable of restoration,

  collection, and exhibition of ethnic cultural relics

  and research into the culture, relics, society and

  life of the 56 ethnic groups in China. The

  construction started in 1992. The north part was

  completed and opened in 1994, and the south part, in

  Sept. 2001.

  The museum covers an area of 28.2 hectares. It keeps

  over 100,000 items of ethnic cultural relics and

  articles for use. The main exhibition hall, with a

  6,000-square-meter exhibition area, displays the

  history and culture of all the ethnic groups in

  China, focusing on common people’s life. In the

  park you may see life-size ethnic architectures and

  landscape. The park holds ethnic characteristics

  exhibitions, ethnic-culture-related activities,

  sponsors international cultural exchange, and serves

  for education of patriotism and inter-ethic

  solidarity.

  The museum is well known for its ethnic activities,

  for celebrations of festivals are held practically

  every day in the park. It holds such ethnic-culture

  -related activities as traditional festival

  celebrations, ethnic songs and dances, ethnic

  handicraft, ethnic food, and ethnic competitive

  sports. It also holds large-scale international

  cultural activities, international meetings,

  contests on ethnic knowledge, patriotic education,

  and leisure activities on the Dragon Boat Festival

  and the Moon Festival. The interesting folk customs

  and the variety of activities lead visitors and

  tourists into the big family of ethnic groups’, and

  help them learn about the colorful ethnic culture

  and customs of China.

  The main exhibition hall: With a 6,000-square-meter

  exhibition area, it offers an exhibition named

  Common People¨COur History and Our Root’. It is

  divided into 14 subjects¨Cancestral hall,

  posthouse, boudoir, study room, children’s room,

  drum room, rite room, weights and measures, wing

  rooms, textile room, farmer’s house, chamber bed,

  basin rack, and clothes rack. The over 3,000

  exhibits reflect the culture of the common Chinese

  people.

  The Salar nationality museum and landscape area: All

  the main buildings¨C Salar courtyard with a minaret

  and a bamboo fence pavilion, which date back to the

  Qing Dynasty¨Cwere moved here from Shangbaizhuang

  Village and Dazhuang Village in Xunhua Salar

  Autonomous County, Qinghai Province. The museum

  displays pictures of architectures in Salar villages

  and daily life of the Salar people.

  The She nationality museum and landscape area: The

  main buildings¨CShe dwelling houses, which date

  back to Emperor Kangxi’s reign in the Qing Dynasty

  ¨Cwere moved here from Mashan Village, Xitan Town,

  Fu’an, Fujian Province. In the houses are shown

  pictures of She customs and exhibits reflecting

  daily life in such houses. The 45-meter-long bridge

  that also dates back to Emperor Kangxi’s reign was

  moved here from Mu’erkou Village, Yingchuan Town,

  Jingning She Autonomous County, Zhejiang Province.

  The Gaoshan nationality museum and landscape area:

  This is the only museum of a Taiwan ethnic minority

  and a window to it in mainland China. Here you may

  see buildings and cultural landscape of 9 tribes of

  Taiwan natives. The museum is a symbol of the unity

  between all the 56 nationalities of China and a good

  place for exchanges of ethnic culture between both

  sides of the Taiwan Strait.

  The Tibetan museum and landscape area: The main

  buildings and attractions¨Creproductions of Pilgrim

  Road, Tancheng, Dazhao Lamasery, Kangba dwelling

  houses, Mani Pile, scripture wheel, and Bajiao

  Street¨Creflect distinctive features of Tibetan

  culture. A series of Tibetan culture exhibitions are

  held in Bajiao Street and other buildings.

  Address: No. 1 Minzuyuan Road, Chaoyang District,

  Beijing

  (Source:

  http://www.ebeijing.gov.cn/Tour/ScenicSpots/)

Editor : Zhu Jia

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