The Qi nation museum
Then we left Jinan for our next stop, Zibo, it took about 2 hours to get there. Zibo was the old capital of the Qi state from the Eastern Zhou dynasty for 800 years! The highways in Shangdong are pretty advanced and new, but all are tollways. We first went to the history museum showing relics and artifacts from the period. The museum was built using the style of the old Qi state, and looked like a castle. The museum is not very big, and we had a guide showing us the various exhibit halls. It was a little wierd that they turned off the lights in all the rooms, and only when the guide took us into a room, the light would be remotely turned on, and off again when we leave. There was a warrior's armor dug up somewhere nearby, and still encased in dirt, bronze animal with gold and silver inlays well preserved, belt buckles with engravings and carvings of eagle head.
Wine vessels in bronze
and many more bronze wine vessels and musical instruments. Ah, and they also had an exhibit showing that football orginated right here
a couple of thousands years ago! Cun YuYi, a famous physician in the Han dynasty, came from Linzi (the old name for Zibo). He had written a book called "Records of Diagnosis", in which he described a patient who was severely ill, but refused to stop playing kickball and died. Kickball was very popular in the Han dynasty, and spread to Japan and Korea during the Tang and Song dynasties, while the Mongolians spread it westward to Europe!
Then we drove a short distance to the nearby fields where they found 600 horse skeltons. The horses were killed and buried with one of the kings more than 2000 years ago.
The fields here had a lot of covered structures which served as greenhouses for vegetables, so they could grow them year-round, and export to other parts of China.