An Afternoon at the Museum
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Nothing says China, like a trip to a museum. After a morning of business meetings and a sumptous Peking Duck lunch (a classic favourite), we were taken especially by our hosts to the Financial Museum and a history Museum.
While it was unbelievably freezing, we walked for 3 hours through icy corridors of photographs and restored living rooms, bank vaults and exhibition areas.
The funniest thing was our specially chosen tour guide, who was supposed to speak English. Her only successful phrase was: "You come here!" in brisk military oration.
A real highlight was a part of the Bank Museum which was the restored original bank of the North Eastern Frontier bank (first of its kind in the northern provinces region). The bank was filled with life size wax dummy which would rival Madame Toussards in London. The models were all dressed in provincial ethnic minority clothes as well as Han Chinese. It was a lot of fun posing with the models.
The day ended with a traditional meal which is common for the farmers and the 'common man'... great steaming pots of boiled cabbaged, congelled blood and pork belly fat. We sat on a heated floor around a large square table with the pots simmering over charcaol flames. It would have been cozing except that the walls were frozen with ice forming in the corner of the room during the meal. So, our faces were roasted, our buns warmed and our backs froze.