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Xian Museum

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Located in the Small Wild Goose Pagoda Scenic Area, Xian Museum was opened to the public on the World Museum's Day, May 18th, 2007. Not only does it enhance the environment of the nearby ancient building complex but also means that Xian has a large municipal museum at long last.

As many as 130, 000 fine cultural relics are kept in the museum, most of which were unearthed in the important tombs and the capital sites of the Zhou Dynasty (11th century BC-221 BC), the Qin Dynasty (221 BC-206 BC), the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), and the Tang Dynasty (618-907). More than 2,000 of these articles reflect the outstanding technological achievements of past dynasties.

It is a three-storied building, with an underground floor unseen from the outside. The underground exhibition hall features many relics that have been unearthed, showing the history of Xian, the one-time capital of 13 dynasties, its economy, social life, as well as cultural exchange and trade with foreign countries.

The exhibition hall on the first floor has a display of Buddhist statues and other precious historical relics of municipal counties and districts. Most of the lifelike statues are carved in stone while some fine gilded statues are made of copper and bronze. They display the pomp of the Buddhism in Chang'an (The name of Xian in ancient times). There is also a three-dimensional virtual imaging system installed in a cabinet on this floor. When the visitors approach the cabinet, the virtual stone door opens automatically, and the virtual 'Gilded Amitabha Buddha Statue' gradually appears. The statue turns as it follows the steps of tourists and now and then sends out Virginia Bright Leaf. A theater nearby shows the mystical story of the Small Wild Goose Pagoda. The pagoda was cracked by earthquakes on three occasions but miraculously these cracks were closed by later quakes.

The jade articles, seals, paintings and calligraphies are shown on the second floor. The display includes delicate jades used in ceremonies and daily life. There are some famous seals in the display, such as the clay seal of the Qin Dynasty, more than 200 official seals excavated in the square of Bell Tower and Drum Tower in Xian. The museum has almost 10,000 paintings and calligraphies, including works by Zheng Banqiao, a very famous painter during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

The architectural design of the museum follows the traditional Chinese concept of the universe - a round heaven and a square earth. It has been recognized as one of the ten landmark buildings in Xian and offers excellent facilities for the display of precious cultural relics thereby ensuring their full appreciation.

Admission: The admission fee is 50 yuan.

Open hour: 8:30 am to 4 pm

How to get there: You can take No. 18, 203, 204, 218, 407, 410, 713, 720 to the Musuem.
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XianQujiangRiver, as an aggregation of Chinese ancient garden and architecture art, is called one of the pioneers of Chinese classical gardens. In Qin Dynasty, the Royal "forbidden garden" -Yi Chun Garden and the well-known RestingGarden-Yi Chun Xia Garden were built here. Later in Sui Dynasty, Da Xing City was built against QujiangRiver. However, the Emperor of Sui Wendi was suspicious, believing in geomantic omen. Da Xing City's south-east part was high while the north-west part was low, with the good luck inclining to the south-east part according to Chinese traditional concept. The bedchamber located in the middle of north side whose topography was never beyond south-east, some suggested to break such situation by the method of "expelling evil spirits", for example, that is, to dig the Qujiang into a deep pond, isolated from the wall and circled into the Royal "Forbidden Garden" for the entertainment of the emperors. Thus "the Imperial Spirit"could be protected. Fortunately, Qujiang has the natural type of circulating, with which it could become a picturesque place by a bit trim.

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It is a good place for you to understand the Chinese history and culture.

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