Beijing Capital Museum

Mom is visiting me for the Golden Week holiday in China.  We decided not to venture to anywhere as everyone is rushing for the touristy cities.  Instead, we stayed in Beijing, which is equally as crowded since it’s the country’s birthday and this is the capital.  I strategically planned out a couple not-so-touristy highlights in Beijing for the week.

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First day, the Capital Museum.  You could tell the museum from miles away by its gigantic bell-shaped flowerbed.

We started with Second A, which is located in the spiral structure of the building.  This is mostly on arts from China.  It also has a small section with imported exhibit from Germany.

Works from one of the most famous Chinese painting artists, Qi Baishi.

He’s mostly famous for his cabbage paintings.

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His works on a fan.

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Some other artists works.

My favorite among this collection.

Grand from the spiral’s top.

Jade museum outlining different grades of jade, with “emerald” translated into “jadeite”.

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Jade necklace.

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Jade buckles for people to display their wealth in ancient times.

Diagram on where this buckle should be located and how it works.

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White jade buckle.

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Green jade buckle.

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Old jade belts.

Jade brush pen holder.

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A genuine carving of a spider and a crab on a black-and-white jade.

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Jade snuff box

A delicate jade ornament depicting a grasshopper on a piece of leaf.

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Jade and rosewood ruyi (an S-shaped ornament, a symbol of status and good luck)

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The top floor of the spiral is a small garden.

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Then we went to Section B of the museum.  Starting at the top floor where it talked about the ancient Beijing culture.

marriage sedan chair

With all of the bridge’s belongings behind her sedan.

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The bride’s sedan.

A parade.

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The floor is divided into hutongs, or little traditional Beijinger alleyways.

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Traditional women’s clothing.

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What women in the countryside would wear in summer…

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Newly weds room.

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Their new bed.

Fortune candles.

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Another wedding sedan chair.

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Child’s first birthday.

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Where he will be presented with a set of random things on a tray.  Whatever he picks would determine whatever he will be in future.

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boy’s hairs according to his age.

70-year-old birthday customs.

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Lions for the lion dance during the Chinese New Year.

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Mongolian traders coming to town with their camels.

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We then went to a special exhibit for a recent recovery of an ancient sunken ship.

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Model depicting how ancient people boarding cargos.

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Items picked up from the sunken ship.

Vase with a coral on it.

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Small coral grave found near the shore.

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The exhibit ceiling decorated by those bottled-up letters.

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Capital Museum by sunset.

Beijing traffic by sunset

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It so happened that the Capital Museum is not very far from my dad’s elementary school.  My dad emphasized again and again that we need to visit his elementary school for him.  Now the elementary school has expanded into two campuses, and this is one of them.

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You could tell the elementary school from the mural on the outer wall.

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