Xinjiang museum offers a ghostly experience, lets brave visitors sleep with a mummy

Source:Global Times Published: 2019/8/21 17:38:41

A green tent is put behind a glass box where a mummy lies in the Turpan Museum in Xinjiang. Photo: screenshot of the video posted by Pear Video

Could you fall asleep beside millennia-old mummies and skeletons of dinosaurs? If so, a museum in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has a cozy corpse you could (almost) snuggle up with. 

A video posted by Pear Video on Sina Weibo shows the Turpan museum has put up several tents in an exhibition hall where the mummies and dinosaur fossils are displayed. 

The museum says the two mummies lived more than 3,000 years ago.

It's not going to be that creepy of an experience as the mummies are in their own glass case.

Deng Yonghong, deputy director of the museum, said the sleep-at-the-museum project is an educational experience and has attracted a lot of young visitors interested in Chinese history and culture.

"It was a little scary at first," said Zhao Yongning, a visitor who was about to spend a night in one of the museum's tents. "I'm relaxed now and looking  forward to turning off the lights."

Neitizens also have fun with the otherworldly activity with many hoping they get a chance to spend a night with mummies. "When they come to life at night, we can have party with the mummies," was one netizen's humorous comment.

Because of the dry weather condition, ancient mummies can be well preserved in Xinjiang, including Princess Xiaohe who lived 4,000 years ago.


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