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China's Top Museums

China's museum's are a great way to discover thousands of years of history in a short time. The following museums rival the best in the world for the significance of the artifacts displayed.

1. The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City, situated exactly in the heart of ancient capital Beijing, was home to 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties (–1911). The construction of the grand palace started in the fourth year of Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty (1406) and ended in 1420. Read more>>>

2. The Terracotta Army Museum

Xi'an's star attraction lies 1.5 km east of the Tomb of Qin Shihuang, known as the First Emperor, who unified China 2,200 years ago. Emperor Qin, from whom China gets its name, ordered the creation of this model army. Every figure differs in facial features and expression. Read more>>>

3. Shaanxi Historical Museum

Shaanxi Provincial Museum, also in Xi'an, housing more than 37,000 historical relics, is a tribute to Shaanxi's glamorous imperial past. The museum building was designed in China's grand and elegant ancient Tang Dynasty (618–907) style. Read more>>>

4. Shanghai Museum

Shanghai Museum is been famous for its large collection of rare cultural piece. It houses over 120,000 pieces of cultural relics, including Chinese bronze, ceramics, paintings and calligraphy, and artifacts. Read more>>>