Mawangdui, Hunan Museum, Changsha | Speaking of China

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  1. Chris Waugh
    Chris Waugh September 9, 2010 at 7:33 am | | Reply

    I spent my first year in China in Changsha, and visited the Hunan Museum within a couple of weeks of arriving. It is indeed an awesome museum (although I didn’t get anywhere near as close to the mummy as your photo suggests you did). Well worth visiting for all the reasons stated above and, if you’re lucky (as I was), more.

    I would add to your “When to visit”: Try to avoid summer. It is intensely hot and humid with rain that often steps beyond abundant, and a major risk of flooding (the museum is right next to Martyr’s Park, which features lakes linked to one of the minor local rivers, although it is on raised ground).

  2. Friend
    Friend September 11, 2010 at 11:06 pm | | Reply

    Chinese history is pretty fascinating (or at least I think so). Did you ever check out any historical reenactments?

    Like sometimes there are shows or demonstrations where you could see live battle scenes, rituals, machines or any other activity (like the Ancient Chinese version of soccer) how it was like back then.

  3. partingways
    partingways December 12, 2012 at 7:09 pm | | Reply

    High Jocelyn,
    This post really interests men. As a Chinese raised overseas I have always had a deep fascination with our ancient culture. If possible could you please give me more information on the park in Kaifeng you visited wherein people dressed in Northern Song clothing? I would really love to visit it! Btw, I don’t know about you, but in terms of Chinese dramas I like watching historical fiction/nonfiction pieces most, but that excludes anything about the communist party and national party and ww2-Asia for that matter. Have you seen the condor trilogy? I’m a sucker for those types of period dramas. :3

  4. partingways
    partingways December 12, 2012 at 9:08 pm | | Reply


    It was in one of your reply comments in this post 🙂 here:
    “Thanks for the comment, Friend. I agree — Chinese history is amazing. It’s been a while, but I have seen a few re-enactments. I remember visiting a park in Kaifeng where they had people dressed in Northern Song clothing and demonstrating the work and trades of the period, in this village that replicated a famous Northern Song scroll painting. Very cool stuff.”
    And also, I just wanted to say, that it has been great reading your posts and insight into Chinese culture (Many of which are new to me, as my mum is really quite traditional I thought I’d heard it all). And your posts about relationships and racism really gave me a lot of hope and courage. Thank you so much for this!
    I will be following you from now on (though I have no idea how other than favorite-ing your blog website :O), so I wish you all the best ^^!

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