Jingzhou Museum, Hubei, China

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One thing I liked about Jingzhou – or any town that size – you can almost always get a seat on public bus.

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The original city wall, I always had to go through the old town before getting to my relatives place. Jingzhou used to be the capital of Chu (a state during the Warring Period a thousand years ago), these findings come hardly as surprising.

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Around the center of the old town there is this nicely looking – but abandoned – temple neatly stood by the main road.

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My parents highly recommended the museum, which displays all the artifacts found in the region.

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The museum starts with Daxi cultural artifacts found 5-6 thousand years ago.

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Pots back then had neat patterns

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No one knows what these are used for

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Archeological sites in the region.

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Early village.

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Interesting pots

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Jaded knife.

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Figurines accompanies the deceased. In the ancient times, people used to sacrifice the slaves to accompany the deceased. As the society gradually deemed this practice illegal, many chose to use figurines instead.

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Casket pots for deceased children, this practice was also found in some South American tribes.

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Gigantic pot for cooking the meat.

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Small wine pot.

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Its lid has a hinge.

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City of Jinan layout.

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Bronze age, all sorts of bronze cookware.

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bronze baskets.

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Shovel

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Zun, for cooking the meat.

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Bian zhong, an ancient musical instrument

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Mill

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Military musical instrument called Chun yu. For example, it is used when army is heading out of the city.

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Money.

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Money and bowl for measuring the money.

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Snuff box

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Paper weight.

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House for the deceased.

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Well (left) and a toilet with pig pen at its bottom (right)

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You can even see the toilet worked almost the same way as today’s out house.

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Band

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Pillow.

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Porcelain

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Pillow

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Stove.

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Leaflets of a book, talking about the life of the deceased.

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Original condition of the book when it was found

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Jade cloth decorations for the deceased.

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Jade mask

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The back of the museum has its fine collection, with a mummy exhibition in the middle.

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Inside the tomb of the mummy.

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The mummy was in super good condition when it was found. His flesh is still red, you can find most of the blood vessels and 90% of body cells are still present.  All joints are still movable.

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People gathered at the well where stored the mummy

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Ancient lacquered cups.

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Lacquered plate

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Pig wine storage.

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Armrest. Ancient Chinese liked to sit on the floor, this tool provide further support for the arm.

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One of the most prized collection in the museum, a drum.

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Gigantic scary-looking wooden monsters were meant to keep the tomb thieves away.

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