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The National Museum of China exhibits relics of the Tang Dynasty

Date: 2019.08.02 Author: Rita Tam

The exhibition of relics from Xinjiang at the National Museum of China offers a deep insight into the Tang Dynasty's far-reaching influence over the western regions(Xiyu).


Wan Li Tong Feng, the name of the exhibition, was held in July and will be ended on 9th September. This meaningful phrase means "Shared Social Protocols in Thousands of Miles" literally, which spreads a belief that Xinjiang is an inseparable part of China historically.


A huge variety of exhibits shows that the culture of the west and the east streamed from a common root, such as the paintings depict Fuxi and Nyuwa, which is the ancient legend in China. All these valuable exhibits are pieces of solid evidence showing the exchanges between the East and West along the ancient Silk Road.


The exhibition unveils the mystery in the Tang Dynasty, presenting the prosperity in Chang' an (capital of the Tang Dynasty), the vibrant lifestyle of Tangs stuns many viewers, such as the food and the attire showcase the empire's glory and the elegance of Chinese ancestors. Apart from that, A selection of the objects unearthed from Astana is also being exhibited at the National Museum of China. Visitors can glimpse the daily lives of Gaochang residents, such as what they ate, how they dressed, how they worked and how they prepared for the afterlife.


Yu Zhiyong, director of the Xinjiang museum, explaining that the dry climate in Xinjiang protected artifacts from humidity so that visitors can discover the close relationship between Xinjiang and the hinterlands of Zhongyuan since the pre-Qin Dynasty.


"Xinjiang's various ethnic cultures have always been rooted in the soil of Chinese civilization and constitute an inseparable part of it. The region is a place jointly developed and owned by the different ethnic groups of China." Shan Wei, deputy director of the National Museum believes that the public can understand the historical development of China through this exhibition.