Hubei Provincial Museum

Goodmorning all!
Today it’s Saturday, 03/04, and this means time for a visit to the Hubei Provincial Museum between 9 and 12am.
We will travel by bus, this 7.3km drive will take about 20 minutes.

Route: Google maps: http://maps.google.be/maps?hl=nl&tab=wl

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Hubei Provincial Museum (Chinese: 湖北省博物馆) is one of the best-known museums in China, with a large amount of State-level historic and cultural relics. Established in 1953, the museum moved to its present location in 1960 and gained its present name in 1963. Since 1999 a number of new buildings have been added.

Replica instruments of ancient originals are played at the Hubei Provincial Museum. A replica set of bronze concert bells is in the background and a set of stone chimes is to the right

The museum is located in the Wuchang District of Wuhan, Hubei Province, not far from the west shore of Wuhan's East Lake. It has collected over 200,000 cultural relics from the Chuculture and elsewhere, including the Sword of Goujian, an ancient set of bronze bells (Bianzhong) and extensive artifacts from the tomb of Marquis Yi of Zeng.

Chǔ (楚) was a kingdom in what is now central and southern China during the Spring and Autumn period (722-481 BC) and Warring States Period (481-221 BC). Its ruling house had the surname Mi (芈), and clan name Xiong (熊), and originally was of the noble rank of zi, roughly comparable to a viscount.

The Sword of Goujian (Traditional Chinese: 越王勾踐劍 , Simplified Chinese: 越王勾践剑) is an archaeological artifact of the Spring and Autumn Period found in 1965 in Hubei, China. Renowned for its sharpness and resilience to tarnish, it is a historical artifact of the People's Republic of China currently in the possession of Hubei Museum.

Bianzhong (simplified Chinese: 编钟; traditional Chinese: 編鐘; pinyin: biān zhōng) is an ancient Chinese musical instrument consisting of a set of bronze bells, played melodically. These sets of chime bells were used as polyphonic musical instruments and some of these bells have been dated at between 2000 to 3600 years old. They were hung in a wooden frame and struck with a mallet. Along with the stone chimes called bianqing, they were an important instrument in China's ritual and court music going back to ancient times.

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