Have you ever been to China? Well, if you have, then you probably know that they love being on each and every top list of the world. Thus, we are going to explore some of their most exquisite museums and expand our bucket lists (wink). Here are 4 Chinese museums that you must not leave out!
1. Baiheliang Underwater Museum:
Also known as the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum, this fine establishment was erected around the White Crane Ridge of Fuling in Chongqing. Located in the Three Gorges area of the Yangtze River (right next to the Three Gorges Dam), it is the first underwater museum of China. Designed and built by master architect Ge Xiurun (a vital affiliate of the Institute of Rock and Soil Mechanics and the Chinese Academy of Sciences), it was opened in 2009. Displaying old inscriptions, some of which reach back 1,200 years, the site is made up of a ridge that is 1,600 by 15 metres in size and submerged under 43 metres of water (this happened because of the dam). Visitors can descend into the museum to view the inscriptions via two lengthy escalators coming from the riverbanks. If you are up for one of the greatest underwater experiences of your life while still exploring ancient history, then this place will most definitely please you.
2. China Art Museum:
Pudong enters the competition with its scintillating China Art Museum (also known as the China Art Palace), one of the largest art museums of Asia. Harboured by the former China Pavilion of Expo 2010, the establishment is the reincarnation of the Shanghai Art Museum (founded in 1956). This incarnation was opened in 2012 and its pavilion soars at an imposing height of 63 metres (the tallest one of the expo). Nicknamed the “Crown of the East” due to its stark alikeness to an ancient Chinese crown, it was built by architect He Jingtang. Its notable exhibition sections are: The Bright Moon Rises from the Sea – Origin of the Chinese Modern and Contemporary Art; The Exhibition for Noted Painters (including the works of seven master artists: Cheng Shifa, He Tianjian, Wu Guanzhong, Xie Zhiliu, Lin Fengmian, and Guan Liang); The Picturesque China – Developing Chinese Fine Art in the New Century; the art depicting Shanghai’s culture section; and the Special Exhibitions section (featuring Taiwanese art and the second Shanghai Photography Exhibition). Reachable via the China Art Museum Station of the Line 8 of the Shanghai Metro, the establishment is visited by more than 2 million people each year. We highly recommend that you become one of them!
3. China Science and Technology Museum:
Beijing had to make the list with its brilliant China Science and Technology Museum established in 1988. Comprised of two separate buildings named “Hall I” and “Hall II”, it is one of the most important educational facilities in China. Boasting with a massive collection of items from gunpowder, compasses, bronze smelting devices and even astronomical instruments, it is reachable via the South Gate of Forest Park Station of the Beijing Subway. Oh, and let us not forget the other, even more advanced technologies displayed there such as forward-thinking telecommunications devices, information technology and mass media equipment. If you are a person who enjoys new inventions contrasted with old ones, we recommend that you spend an afternoon at Beijing’s finest for its “Halls” are unique in all terms possible. Oh, and do bring your children, if you have them with you!
4. Museum of the War of Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression:
This is a title that does not necessarily confer a positive vibe yet we assure you that it only strives to reflect historical times, namely the Sino-Japanese War. Located adjacent to the Marco Polo Bridge (the Lu Gou Bridge) in the Fengtai District of the capital, the establishment is housed within the Wanping Fortress. Stretching upon an area of 30,000 square metres, the museum boasts with innumerable artefacts pertaining to the aforementioned era. Though this place has a political undertone, we encourage all visitors to keep an open mind and breathe in nothing but the facts of history. Thus, one can explore all four halls with anticipation: the Main Hall, the Hall of Japanese Military Atrocities, the Hall of the People’s War, and the Hall of Martyrs of the War of Resistance. Oh, and if you notice the perpetually solemn atmosphere, know that it was completely intentional by the designers.
Did you enjoy our list? Which of the aforementioned establishments have you already visited and how many of them have you enjoyed? Tell us all about it in the comment section below for we treasure your feedback. Oh, and do check back for some updates from time to time (wink)!