Inner Mongolia Provincial Museum - Part 1
In a splendidly monumental building, Inner Mongolia's provincial museum is educational, interesting and spacious. Although mainly a 'glass cabinet' museum, the mseum-keepers of Hohhot have done a great job with very little money.
On the ground floor, the two halls concentrate on the fossils and prehistory (left) and modern-day Inner Mongolia (right): with the massive deployment of hyperbole in the latter hall, the visitor can be forgiven for occasionally forgetting which hall they are in. The prehistory hall is just fantastic, with well lit exhibits, particularly of the incredible range of dinosaurs and fossilised mammals found in the province. I normally hate the dinosaur museums as much as my kids love them, but this was a real joy. Unusually for China, each exhibit inclues maps of where the fossils were found.
The highlight is the reconstructed skeleton of a nuoerosaurus chaganensis, which is so big it has its own hall out at the back. This is one seriously big beast, the height of a three storey building and longer than two city buses (but quicker). It was discovered in 1985.
The section panels in the museum are in Chinese, Mongolian and English, but individual exhibits are labelled in Chinese only.