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One of the things that China is undoubtedly famous for is its writing. Such a letter is considered a real art, so it is not surprising that the Chinese people paid tribute to this, and therefore appeared Museum of Chinese Characters. He appeared recently, in 2009. This museum is located in Anyang, in the province of Henan. The opening place of the museum was not chosen by chance: it was here at the turn of the 19th - 20th centuries that the most ancient monuments of Chinese writing were found. Hieroglyphics on the museum sign are made by the 5th chairman of the PRC.
The architecture of the Museum of Chinese Characters is in a post-modern style, combining modern trends and traditions of the Shang Dynasty.
The museum consists of two buildings. The first building covers an area of 22,700 square meters. It consists of the main hall, square and the so-called Character Archway. This building is mainly used for exhibitions of cultural collections and various presentations. The second building has an area of 32,000 square meters. There is a research center, a popularization center, a hall for studying oracle records, a text exhibition, an exhibition center and cultural and art parks.
However, the first thing that catches your eye is still the Symbolic Arch. It can be said that this is a visiting card of the Museum of Chinese Characters. And this is not just a random whim of architects. It was the arch that was the most important building in ancient China. This arch is almost 20 meters long and 10 meters wide. Presented in the form of a hieroglyph denoting a symbol and made in the style of ancient inscriptions on bones and bronze.
The main part of the museum consists of three floors, includes a hall, a main screen, a thematic screen and special exhibitions. The museum is based on three basic principles: closer to reality, closer to life and closer to people. This allows not only to show the emergence and development of Chinese characters, but also helps visitors interact with the museum.
Hall occupies the first floor. The design style implies the concept of “Round Sky and Square Earth”. The images show the history of the development of Chinese characters, Chinese calligraphy, the amazing discoveries of fortune-telling bones, as well as the development of characters in national minorities.
The thematic display, located in the northern hall on the ground floor, is dedicated to fortune-telling bones, their discovery and decoding.
Five exhibition halls reveal the history of the development of Chinese characters in different eras. The first, for example, presents the legend of Tsang Jie, who is considered the creator of Chinese characters. The second room is devoted to inscriptions on bronze, bamboo and wooden tablets, in books made of silk, on clay and jade tablets. The third hall talks about the unification of Chinese characters. In the fourth hall, various ancient works are exhibited, in addition, it tells about the development of writing in various ethnic groups. Finally, the fifth hall is devoted to a more modern stage of development, typography, woodcut, writing hieroglyphs on paper.
The museum provides an excellent opportunity to touch the history of many thousands of Chinese writing.