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China: Museums

China: Museums is a beautifully illustrated guide to the country's museums, from classic art and archeological sites to more obscure and special interest museums covering a broad range of subjects from dinosaurs to Chinese contemporary art.

A vibrant, beautifully illustrated guide, China: Museums will help visitors discover the scope and splendor of China's rich heritage, from the magnificent bronzes of the ancient Jinsha civilization and the magnificence of the museums on the Silk Road to contemporary oddities in the Beijing Police Museum, from the wealth of scientific knowledge in China's geological and salt museums, to the mysterious oracle bones at Yinxu, the last capital of China's Shang Dynasty. With dozens of detailed entries on must-see museums and shorter entries on scores of others, this comprehensive book also spotlights a new Chinese revolution: entrepreneurs have amassed collections and converted their passions into newly established private museums showcasing anything from antique furniture to three-inch shoes and ceramics - many in modern architectural edifices. Pointers to the best of the burgeoning contemporary art galleries, artists' villages and studios where visitors can view and purchase, make this guide essential for those wanting to peer into China's cultural windows both past and present.

China's drive into the 21st century has been fueled by the relationship and competition between Beijing, considered by some observers to be the classic capital in China, and Shanghai, the nation's economic growth engine. Despite claims that Shanghai was little more than a fishing village before the arrival of foreigners in the 1840s, it was in fact a thriving commercial port free from the shackles of central government. That all changed in 1949 when Beijing exerted control, funneling its riches to the capital, leaving Shanghai in a state of limbo. Today the city is restoring its status as Asia's leading centre of trade, finance and commerce, this time with Beijing's blessing. As Beijing takes on the cloak of an international metropolis, its majesty, well reflected in its cultural gems - the Forbidden City, The Temple of Heaven and the Ming Tombs - remains unfettered by the country's economic development. Observers and travelers alike will delight in seeing each city play out its colorful and dramatic role with the blessings of heaven and earth. Travelers to China must at some point visit both these dynamic cities. This vibrant new edition of Beijing & Shanghai brings readers up-to-date on what's hot and what's cool in China's twin cities.


“...A uniquely enterprising and detailed guide, full of new and fascinating things...” - Colin Thubron

“...For those who have always suspected that China's cities held, hidden away, immense treasure-houses of things both wondrous and bizarre, here is the definitive, comprehensive and quite marvellous guide. In creating this beautiful book, the authors have performed a singular service - both to those who are fascinated with China, and to China herself, who can now proudly show off her achievements to a wider audience than ever before...” - Simon Winchester


+ An indispensable guide with over 200 entries highlight China's booming museum scene from the new contemporary to the famous Terracotta Warriors

+ Included are the major, well known museums and smaller, quirky off-the-beaten track ones from dinosaurs and imperial eunuchs to World War II history

+ Hundreds of original color images, supplemented with historical ones along with boxes containing supplementary information, bring to life the content of these diverse cultural store houses.

+ Organized in an easy to use city-by-city, province-by-province layout for the first time or seasoned traveler

+ Essential information includes the full address, opening times and the museum name in Chinese characters along with its pinyin romanized equivalent, making it easy to communicate with taxi drivers and others

+ Icons mark museums kids would enjoy

+ Glossary, chronology, map and helpful websites

+ Stop press announces museums poised to open

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Miriam Clifford - Author
Cathy Giangrande - Author
Antony White - Author


Publication Date : May 2009
Category : TRAVEL/China
Paperback ISBN 10 : 9622178049
Paperback ISBN 13 : 978-962-217-804-5
Edition : First Edition
Paperback Price : US$ 29.95
Format : 8in x 5.5in
Pages : 384
Photos : 200
Maps : 1

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