Hubei Provincial Museum, Wuhan

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    A World-Class Museum

    by Rabbityama Updated May 8, 2010

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    The Hubei Provincial Museum is an amazing museum with an impressive collection of artifacts excavated from areas throughout Hubei Province. The most famous are the bronze bells (bianzhong) excavated from the Tomb of Marquis Yi. They have also made copies which they perform with, so that you can hear how these instruments sound. The lacquered drum stands are another unique Chu instrument, used to call back souls after death. By no means are these the only impressive part of the museum. It is teeming with amazing artifacts from the ancient Chu State, a heavily Taoist kingdom that was quite unique and influential in the development of China well after the fall of the Chu State.

    The museum features a wide variety of jade objects, pottery/ceramics, weaponry, armor, and more! Give yourself a few hours to explore the museum. English explanations are provided near some of the exhibits, and English books about the museum and exhibits are available in the gift shop.

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    Tomb of Prince Liangzhuang

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 3, 2009
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    The tomb of Prince Liangzhuang dates from the Ming dynasty. It is the joint burial tomb of Zhu Zhanji and Wei, one of his wives. Zhu Zhanji was the ninth son of Zhu Gaochi (1378-1425), Emperor Renzong of the Ming dynasty. The tomb is located at Longshanpo, Dahong village, Changtan, Hubei. Archaeologists excavated the tomb in 2001 and unearthed 5,300 artefacts including gold, jade and porcelain wares.

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    Chime Bells

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 3, 2009

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    The Chime Bells Exhibition Hall contains two parts: the Exhibition Hall and the Music Hall. In the Exhibition Hall, you can see many cultural relics that have been unearthed from the tomb of Marquis Yi (the king of the Zeng State in the Warring States Period (476 BC - 221 BC). The most famous treasure is the Chime Bells, which is the largest bronze musical instrument ever discovered. The largest bell has a height of 152cm and weighs 203.6kg, while the smallest bell has a height of 20cm and weighs 2.4kg. With a set of 64 bells of different sizes, it can play various tones of the musical scale. There are about 3,000 ancient Chinese characters on the bells, describing the music and the owner of this instrument. In the Music Hall, musicians wearing ancient clothes play a replica of the Chime Bells from 11:00 to 16:00 every day.

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    Tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 3, 2009
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    The tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng is located at Leigugun in the suburbs of Sui County (present day Suizhou) in Hubei, and was excavated in 1978. It is the tomb of a feudal king buried 2,400 years ago. More than 15,000 artefacts were unearthed including ritual vessels, musical instruments, lacquered articles, gold wares, jade wares, weapons, chariot parts, harnesses and bamboo slips.

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    Hubei Provincial Museum

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 3, 2009
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    This is another excellent provincial museum that China excels at basically because of the exhibits the country has to display to the public. Established in March 1953, the museum moved to its present location in 1959 and gained its present name in 1963. Since 1999 a number of new buildings have been added which brings a total exhibition area of 50,000 sqm. The museum is located in the Wuchang District of Wuhan, not far from the west shore of Wuhan's East Lake. It has collected over 200,000 cultural relics from the Chu culture and elsewhere, including the Sword of Goujian, an ancient set of bronze bells (Bianzhong) and extensive artefacts from the tomb of Marquis Li.

    Open: 9am-5pm Tues-Sun. Admission: Free.

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    Hubei Provincial Museum artifacts

    by easterntrekker Written Nov 1, 2007

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    There are many interesting exhibits that date back to about 400BC. This rice cooking pot in the picture was stolen and found after many years in an auction in the USA and eventually returned to China.

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    Hubei Provincial Museum

    by enzhu Updated Mar 22, 2007
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    Located next to the East Lake, the museum has lots of collections discoved in Hubei Province.
    Wuhan used to be part of Chu during Spring and Autumn Peroid (770BC-476BC), most collections there are also about Chu. The most famous treasure is the Chime Bells, which is the largest bronze musical instrument ever discovered.

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    Pit tombs

    by Willettsworld Written Jun 3, 2009
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    Many Chu tombs have been discovered in Hubei and the museum displays many bronze ritual vessels and lacquered ritual vessels.

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    Chu Music at the Meseum

    by enzhu Updated Mar 22, 2007
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    In the Hubei Provicial Museum, there is also old Chinese music show every day.
    They play the music with traditional Chinese music instruments including Chime Bells.

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