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Capital Museum opens online exhibition

Date: 2020.02.11 Author: Celia Tang

Themed as “600th Anniversary of Moving the Capital of Ming Empire”, the exhibition “1420 From Nanjing to Beijing” opens at Capital Museum in Beijing, and is scheduled to run until June 28th. On the exhibition, 267 cultural relics were selected from museums in Beijing and Nanjing.


The Capital Museum is temporarily closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, but the exhibition is still available on a digital format online. Albums and introductory texts of some highlighted exhibits and the galleries are showcased on the official website of Capital Museum.


Nanjing is the capital city of Jiangsu Province now, which is very important in history. Nanjing was the ancient capital for 6 dynasties. But in 1420 during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), upon the completion of an ambitious urban construction project, Emperor Yongle, Zhu Di, announced to move China's capital from Nanjing to Beijing. Perhaps, this decision changed the direction of Chinese history, Beijing has been the national capital since then.


According to Gao Hongqing, curator of the exhibition, the exhibition can lead visitors get back to the early years of the Ming Dynasty, and see how the foundation of a country's lasting stability and prosperity was built. Through the exhibition, people can have a panoramic understanding of Ming dynasty.