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attending a calligraphy course

To day,after the visit of the most impressive(for me) highlight of our Chinese trip,the Mausoleum of the First Emperor(see next entry),we are going to see the Shaanxi History Museum.On the way,we had a"technical" stop and I was surprised by young Chinese selling local wines(The Chinese are making wine since thousands years).After the Museum's visit,we had to attend a calligraphy course and I was there,in spite of an enthusiastic teacher,absent-minded,thinking to go for a ride in the Xi'an streets however I gave back a magnificent squiggle.The next visit was still an imposed one:a Jade factory, before going to The Great Mosque and finally to the airport and fly to Shangai.

selling local wines

THE SHAANXI HISTORY MUSEUM

Located one km northwest of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda,it is the China's first modern museum and a complex of buildings of Tang and modern architecture.As the Shaanxi Province was the birthplace of the Chinese civilization and Xi'an the capital of China over 1100 years,this museum shows the development of the Chinese civilization through thousands of objects,mainly excavated in the Province.It has 3 types of exhibitions:permanent,special and temporary exhibition.

  • We saw only the permanent exhibition which mainly shows the Shaanxi ancient history from 150000 years ago to the year 1842(Opium war).
  • On the first floor halls are displayed the objects from the prehistoric periods to 206 BC:pottery,stone tools,fossil skull,water and wine vessels,weapons.
    Zun(sacrificial vessel) wine container Western Zhou dynasty 1046-771 BC
    ..musical instruments like bells,bronze mirrors.
  • On the second floor,the exhibition shows relics of the HAN dynasty(206 BC-220 AD) and Northern and Southern dynasty(386-589) like bronze coins,mirrors,vessels,pottery of figures with many women,warriors and musicians figures.
  • The third part of the exhibition displays relics of the SUI(581-618),TANG(618-907),SONG(960-1279),YUAN(1271-1368),MING(1368-1644) and Qing(1644-1911) dynasties.

As 20 years ago ,I  have haunted the auction rooms being a poor collector of Chinese antic pottery of the Han (or supposed to be!) dynasty(I could'nt afford the very expensive relics of the Tang dynasty,the more beautiful and scarce ones.),I was very interested by this museum displaying lots of Han objects such as one Empress seal,jars , squatting women and horses.

Tang dynasty,musicians on camel back with a female performer standing in the middle
..and Tang dynasty like a mural of people playing polo(polo was introduced in China from Persia),a pottery of polo players,a tri-colored pottery( or Sancai ,a type of ceramics using 3 intermingled colors for decoration) of a band on a camel back,ponies and horses,and amazing Tang women.

In driving rain,we saw the Ming City Wall,one of the most complete in China surrounded by a deep moat,stretching for more than 13 km,12 m high with every 120 m(the range of an arrow shot), a rampart extending out the main wall .

Then we had a glance at the Drum Tower,used as a timer and in case of emergency and at its"sister building" located a block away, the Bell Tower,the symbol of Xi'an, which marks the geographical center of the city.It is a well-preserved wooden tower with dark green tiles, built in the 14th century .

Tang porcelain pony
Through the tunnel underneath,we emerged into the Muslim Quarter where there is a large shopping area made up flagrant and narrow lanes with small stalls and restaurants all operated by Muslim men wearing a white hat.People can find there almost everything expected like snacks,handicrafts,dried fruits and spices,souvenirs like Mao caps and Little Red Books ..and different manufactured trinkets.I bought there after bargaining several glasses which gave a wildcat look (with a decal on glass)!Then we made our way through the packed alleys to the Great Mosque(see review below)

WSQARE had  load a good review and interesting pics,in particular nightpics of Xi'an and  don't miss the very informative with amazing pics, SYLVIANDAVID 2007 China blog!

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attending a calligraphy course
attending a calligraphy course
selling local wines
selling local wines
Zun(sacrificial vessel) wine conta…
Zun(sacrificial vessel) wine cont…
Tang dynasty,musicians on camel ba…
Tang dynasty,musicians on camel b…
Tang porcelain pony
Tang porcelain pony
teacher of calligraphy
teacher of calligraphy
different sorts of jade
different sorts of jade
in jade factory
in jade factory
in jade factory
in jade factory
in jade factory
in jade factory
replicas of the bronze chariots fo…
replicas of the bronze chariots f…
chime bells from the Zhou dynasty,…
chime bells from the Zhou dynasty…
jar
jar
cooking tripod,a ding or tripod wa…
cooking tripod,a ding or tripod w…
knife-shaped coin
The Warring Sta…
knife-shaped coin The Warring St…
2 coins of The Warring States Peri…
2 coins of The Warring States Per…
replica of bronze chariot from Qin…
replica of bronze chariot from Qi…
replica of bronze chariot driven b…
replica of bronze chariot driven …
replica of a bronze chariot,bridle…
replica of a bronze chariot,bridl…
Pottery cow,Han dynasty
Pottery cow,Han dynasty
pottery figure of dog,Han dynasty
pottery figure of dog,Han dynasty
Painted Pottery warriors and horse…
Painted Pottery warriors and hors…
jade mirrors
jade mirrors
bronze mirrors on display
bronze mirrors on display
Tang dynasty
Tang dynasty
vivid camel figure,Tang dynasty
vivid camel figure,Tang dynasty
Tang dynasty
Tang dynasty
Tang painted horse
Tang painted horse
Tang dynasty
Tang dynasty
Tang dynasty
Tang dynasty
Tang woman
Tang woman
Tang woman
Tang woman
sancai riding figure,Tang dynasty.…
sancai riding figure,Tang dynasty…
Tang dynasty
Tang dynasty
Tang dynasty
Tang dynasty
vivid horse figure,Tang dynasty
vivid horse figure,Tang dynasty
polo players
polo players
Tang dynasty
Tang dynasty
Tang dynasty mural:foreign merchan…
Tang dynasty mural:foreign mercha…
Tang dynasty
Tang dynasty
Tang dynasty
Tang dynasty
First Emperors chariot
First Emperor's chariot
First Emperors chariot
First Emperor's chariot
chariots detail
chariot's detail
detail of the horses head
detail of the horse's head
First Emperors chariot
First Emperor's chariot
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