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The Capital Museum: A Stone's Throw Away from Beijing Hotels

The Capital Museum: A Stone's Throw Away from Beijing Hotels


The Capital Museum: A Stone's Throw Away from Beijing Hotels

by Efrenn Larson

Beijing, an ancient city with 17 million inhabitants, is China's political capital and is second to Shanghai in terms of population. To facilitate the inflow and outflow of its citizens, visitors and the goods they produce, the city has several motorways, railways, seaports and a modern airport. Due to these improvements, the city has become more accessible to citizens from around the world.

As an old city hosting many significant tourist attractions, she always gives the traveler a sense of awe. The coexistence of the new and the old add to this great feeling. Not to mention, a number of Beijing hotels which are only a few minutes away from these landmarks help visitors save time by making them visit many spots in a day.

Culture has always been important for the Chinese. To preserve this unique aspect, several museums have been opened. One of the biggest and worthwhile of these destinations is the Capital Museum which houses over 200,000 relics in its collection. It debuted in 1981 and was renovated in 2007.

The museum's frontage is based on human and cultural heritage and exemplifies the integration of the past and the present, art and modernism, history and nature. The gigantic roof and the slope at the entrance are derived from traditional Chinese architectural style, and the stone exterior reminds one of the walls of ancient China. Bronze, timber and stones are widely used throughout the museum to represent a deeper sense of historicity. Also, a glass curtain wall, which gives a grand and transparent effect, reflects a sense of modernity.

The museum holds three stable exhibitions. The first, named "Ancient Capital: Chapter on the History and Culture of Beijing," depicts imperial rule and the intricacies of art, dance, architecture, trade, commerce and transportation of the early Chinese.

The second exhibition, dubbed "Ancient Capital: Urban Construction" emphasizes the movement from the old to the new world. It also highlights the adoption of new-age technologies which brought the nation to its present state. China's urbanization is also included in this set.

The last exhibition, "Stories of the Capital City - Old Beijing Folk-customs" examines how folkways and folklores were vital in the life of the Chinese. Their belief in a Supreme Being and their customs to embrace luck are also found here.

The museum, aside from its exhibitions, also functions as a cultural heritage storehouse, conference and reception hall, and a digital movie hall where a super wide screen with the state-of-the-art technology are installed to display high-definition films. For visitors to enjoy the wonders of this site, they can earlier purchase their tickets in Beijing hotels or any travel agency to avoid the usual hustle and bustle.

About the Author:
Author E. Larson is a long-time expatriate in Beijing, China. He works closely with the Fraternal Cooperation Hotel Beijing and many other beijing hotels. Learn even more about the Fraternal Cooperation Hotel Beijing here.

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