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Hunan Provincial Museum reopens

​By Zhang Junmian
​China.org.cn, 12 04, 2017
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The mummified body of Lady Xinzhui, wife of Marquis Li Cang in the Western Han Dynasty (206BC-25AD), opened to visitors again.  [Photo from icswb.com]

Hunan Provincial Museum reopened on November 29 after over five years of renovation with two spectacular exhibitions displaying to the public a great number of precious cultural relics for the first time. 

The two exhibitions are Changsha Mawangdui Han Dynasty Tombs Exhibition and Hunanese: Exhibition on Hunan History and Culture. 

The newly-renovated museum, which was first established in the 1950s, is home to around 180,000 cultural relics, including those from Mawangdui and bronze wares from the Shang and Zhou dynasties (c.16th century-256 BC). 

A bronze ware on display at newly-renovated Hunan Provincial Museum [Photo from icswb.com]

The mummified body of Lady Xinzhui, wife of Marquis Li Cang in the Western Han Dynasty (206BC-25AD), opened to visitors again. The well-preserved, 2,200-year-old corpse lies in a chamber at a depth of 17 meters, with high tech used to reproduce the environment of the original tomb which was unearthed in 1972. 

The total area of the exhibition hall is expanded from more than 6,000 square meters to over 27,000 square meters and the museum is expected to be able to receive 2.5 to 3 million visitors annually. 

During the first three months of its opening, only 15,000 visitors are allowed every day. 


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