Crowds flock to cultural feast at National Museum

Source:Xinhua Published: 2019/2/10 21:28:39

The National Museum of China staged a series of exhibitions during the Spring Festival, or lunar Chinese New Year, which attracted more than 60,000 visitors a day on average, figures from the museum show.

Launched in November, the exhibition to commemorate the 40th anniversary of China's reform and opening-up remained open during the seven-day Spring Festival holiday. The total number of visitors exceeded 3.4 million.

The Bronze Tiger Ying, a looted Chinese bronze vessel, is also on display.

The vessel that dates back to the Western Zhou period (1046BC - 771BC) was auctioned in April 2018 by Britain's Canterbury Auction Galleries and was later shipped back to China in November. It was added to the museum's collections in December.

Drifting abroad for 158 years, the vessel finally managed to enjoy a Spring Festival at home, Wang Chunfa, curator of the museum, told Xinhua. 

A calligraphy and painting exhibition was  launched by the museum and the Chinese Calligraphers' Association, with famous calligraphers on site to create Spring Festival couplets for museum goers. 

Several international exhibitions that China jointly launched with Japan and France are open to the public to show that civilizations can learn from each other through different perspectives, according to Wang.    

Meanwhile, a series of creative products, such as calendars customized by the museum and lollipops featuring colored porcelain from the Ming and Qing dynasties, are available to the public.

All public education activities at the National Museum of China were free of charge during the Spring Festival holiday.  


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