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Day 11 (PM) - Gifts for the most honourable Chairman Mao

Beijing = 26 December 2013

sunny 2 °C
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We walked the short distance to the National Museum, furious that we had been conned again.

The building is absolutely massive and totally imposing, and faces onto Tiananmen Square. Because we had foreign passports we were able to enter for free. After a thorough security scan and pat down, we walked into the foyer of the massive building, then headed downstairs to the Ancient China exhibition, which was pretty amazing.
An opium pipe:
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A letter home:
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A bell:
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A life-size doll used for acupuncture:
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A fish carving used on the edge of a roof:
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A horse sculpture:
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A carved door handle:
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Statues from the terracotta army:
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We then headed upstairs to a special exhibition which was a collection of all the gifts to the Chinese Communist Party from various world leaders.
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This was a fascinating exhibition - there were hundreds and hundreds of incredible gifts from leaders and statesmen from all over the world:
We found the three from Australia - Bob Hawke, Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard:
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But these were not as impressive as some of the gifts from the Middle East or South America, many of which looked like real gold and silver:
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There was also gifts from some (in)famous names:
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After the Museum, we walked back to the hotel, and debated what to do for dinner – we couldn’t handle being ripped off again! We ended up walking to a nearby restaurant, and made it back without being scammed.

Posted by MealsEeles 05:34 Archived in China

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