China's Museums: Treasures of Civilization

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China has an ancient civilization with a very long history. Understanding its olely through the study of documents is clearly inadequate. A wealth of objects and remains has been preserved on China's vast territory and underground; much of which has been collected and is exhibited in various kinds of museums. This raw material of history can, in a certain sense, be considered more valuable for our understanding of the past of China than documents and historical records. Among the sixty-one museums selected for this book, many have been designated as key protected cultural sites by China. Some have been included in the UNESCO List of World Cultural Heritage Sites. We hope that this volume can serve visitors as a guide to understanding these museums.

Table of Contents
Foreword: Reading the History of Chinese Civilization from Its Museums
National Treasures
Palace Museum
Taipei Palace Museum
Capital Museum
Shanghai Museum
Shaanxi History Museum
Henan Museum
Nanjing Museum
Museum of Liaoning Province
Three Gorges Museum
Contributions of China's National Minorities
Cultural Palace of Nationalities
Shenyang Palace Museum
Inner Mongolia Museum
Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region Museum
Tibet Museum
Museum of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region
Ningxia Museum
Yunnan Provincial Museum
Tracing the Tracks of History
National Museum of China
Sanxingdui Museum
Jinsha Site Museum
Zhouyuan Museum
Suizhou Zenghouyi Tomb Site Exhibition Hall
Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Qin Shihuang
Changsha Mawangdui Han Tomb Cultural Relics Exhibition Hall
Mancheng Han Tomb Site Exhibition Hall
Treasures of China's Stone Grottoes
Dunhuang Mogao Grottoes
Yungang Grottoes
Lonzmen Grottoes
Dazu Rock Carvings
Underground Imperial Palaces
Tomb of the Yellow Emperor
Maoling Museum
Qianling Museum
Dingling Museum
Qing Dongling and Qing Xiling Tombs
Hua-xia Civilization
China National Silk Museum
China National Tea Museum
lingdezhen Ceramics Museum
Huqingyutang Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Quanzhou Maritime Museum
Assembly of Talents: Arts and Literature
National Art Museum of China
National Museum of Modern Chinese Literature
Beijing Theater Museum
China Sports Museum
Hong Kong Museum of History
Macao Maritime Museum
Gardens and Architectural Monuments
Suzhou Garden Museum
Summer Palace
Great Wall Museum of China
Temple of Heaven
Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu
Jinci Museum
Homes of Our Forebears: Archaeology
Zhoukoudian Peking Man Site Museum
Xinle Site Museum
Hemudu Site Museum
Xi'an Banpo Museum
Marvels of Heaven and Earth: Natural History
Beijing Ancient Observatory
Geological Museum of China
Zigong Dinosaur Museum
Tonglushan Ancient Metallurgy Museum
Zigong Salt History Museum
Appendix: Chronological Table of the Chinese Dynasties
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