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Language: English
Publication Date: 07/2008
ISBN: 9787119043876
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About 460,000 years ago, Beijing was merely a primitive settlement. Later it grew into a political center of Yan and Ji, two kingdoms in north China, then the capital of six feudal dynasties. Today, the capital of the People's Republic of China is an ever-expanding international cosmopolis. As a city, Beijing has an uninterrupted history of over 3,000 years, which makes it unique in the world. The cultural antiques and historical artifacts bestowed by each era were passed down from one generation to another, turning the city into a huge museum itself. There are some 130 officially registered museums in Beijing, preserving 3.2 million artifacts in total.
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Foreword
The National Museum of China
The Palace Museum
National Art Museum of China
Beijing Memorial Hall of the New Cultural Movement
Beijing Police Museum
Yonghegong Lama Temple
Confucius Temple and Imperial College
National Wax Museum of China
Poly Art Museum
Beijing Museum for the Exchange of Cultural Relics
Beijing Ancient Observatory
Lao She Memorial Hall
The Imperial City Art Museum
Former Residence of Mao Dun
Wen Tianxiang Memorial Hall
Wangfujing Palaeoanthropology Cultural Relics Museum
Beijing Museum of Tap Water
The Capital Museum
Geological Museum of China
China Palaeozoological Hall
Temple of Ancient Monarchs
Beijing Planetarium
National Arts and Crafts Museum
China Currency Museum
Kuaixue Hall Calligraphy Museum
The Exhibition Hall of China's Cultural Palace of Ethnic Groups
Beijing Exhibition Hall of Ancient Currencies
Former Residence of Guo Moruo
Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling
Lu Xun Museum
Memorial Hall of Guo Shoujing
Mei Lanfang Memorial Museum
Xu Beihong Museum
China Agricultural Museum
China Science and Technology Museum
Museum of China's Ethnic Groups
Beijing Museum of Aeronautic and Astronautic Models
China Sports Museum
China Railway Museum
National Museum of Modern Chinese Literature
China Film Museum
China Red Sandalwood Museum
The Art Gallery of the Central Academy of Fine Arts
Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum
Jintai Art Museum
Yan-Huang Art Gallery
Beijing Folklore Museum
Guanfu Museum
Beijing Museum of Natural History
Museum of a Hundred Kinds of Crafts
Beijing Mumingtang Ancient Porcelain Museum
Beijing Museum of Ancient Architecture
Museum of Chinese Buddhist Books and Relics
Beijing Museum of Traditional Opera
China Stamp Museum
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Preface
A museum is a palace of culture. As the finest testimony to glorious civilization and heritage, a museum preserves and displays the cultural inheritance and objective evidence of human environments. If the quantity and quality of museums in a city serves to provide a general indication of its cultural essence, then the city of Beijing should hold first place in China in this aspect.
The fertile cultural soil of Beijing comes from its illustrious history. Over many ages from about 460,000 years ago, Beijing grew from a primitive settlement into a sizable city, from being but one of many political centers in northern China, to becoming the capital of a unified feudal dynasty, until it became the capital of the People's Republic of China. Today, Beijing is an ever-expanding international cosmopolis. As the ancient capital of six imperial dynasties, Beijing has enjoyed an uninterrupted history of over 3,000 years since its formation during the ancient Van and Ji kingdoms. A city with such a long history is rare in the world. The cultural antiques and historical artifacts bestowed by each era were passed down from one generation to the next onto the ancient land of Beijing like mighty waves adding glistening sands to a beach, turning the city of Beijing into a grand museum itself. According to statistical data, there are as many as over 130 officially registered museums in Beijing, preserving today more than 3.2 million artifacts in total.
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