Thursday, September 28, 2006

The Chinese Military Museum and Bronze Gui Museum

Military MuseumThe Chinese Military Museum is located in western Beijing just south of the beautiful Yuyuantan Park. The exhibits cover 5,000 years of Chinese Military history.The permanent exhibits include: Hall of the Northern Expedition and Agrarian War, Hall of the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, Hall of the National Liberation Wars, Hall of Weapons, Hall of Ancient Wars, Hall of Modern Wars.

The museum also hosts special exhibitions on national defense, science and technology, and Chinese culture and arts.

An astonishing Gui (a round- mouthed food vessel with two or four loop handles) in Western Zhou Dynasty (11th century BC-771BC) is one of the spotlights of the relics. Its bronze material as well as its particular design catches people's eyes. The bottom pattern is composed of four creatures' face and was carved in extrusive lines. Twenty lines with a total of 198 Chinese characters of inscription under the texture describe the history of the march of Ban following Mao. This Gui was presented to Ban and Mao for their contribution in that battle.

The inscription is important material for the research on the history New Beijing Museum of the Western Zhou Dynasty.

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