Sunday, December 5, 2010

O data in viata, China. ep.10 - Muzeul Capitalei Beijing / Once in a Lifetime. 10th.ep. - Beijing Capital Museum

I may say that we visited the Beijing Capital Museum only by chance. We were on our way to the Temple of the White Clouds, when I saw this modern building. It rained heavily, so we decided to enter for a while. The amazing interior was revealed right from the beginning by the modern architecture. This building was finished on 2006. The museum has 5 stores on the ground and 2 underground. A number of 5622 items are exposed.  The reception hall is 2000 sq.m. big and 34 m height. There are  many antique collections to be seen but with a limited time at our disposal we concentrated on the porcelain antique collection, the imperial clothes collection, some incense burners, and then the wonderful antique Buddhist statues. We only stayed there two and a half hours but it was an amazing experience. You may go there by metro line 1, Muxidi station. Entrance fee is less than 3.50 euros. Visiting time: Tue-Sun - 9-17.

As putea spune ca am ajuns la acest muzeu din intamplare. Venisem cu metroul 1 la statia Muxidi si aveam o bucata buna de mers pe jos pana la Templul Norilor Albi. Era o zi foarte mohorata si ploua destul de tare cand, la un moment dat, ne-a aparut in fata aceasta cladire moderna:
Muzeul Capitalei Beijing
Nu stiam prea bine ce era acolo. Mi-am amintit ca am vazut fotografia pe internet, pe cand ma documentam pentru excursie. Fiindca ploua atat de tare si mai aveam de mers pana la templu, am hotarat sa facem o oprire, poate mai trece ploaia. Ne-am apropiat si am citit pe placa de la intrare: Muzeul Capitalei Beijing. Singurul de acest gen pe care l-am vizitat este Muzeul orasului Viena.

Cladirea moderna m-a indemnat insa sa intram. Ulterior am aflat ca muzeul a fost deschis pentru public in aceasta locatie in 2006, dupa ce, timp de 25 de ani a existat la Templul lui Confucius. Prin mutarea in aceasta cladire, construita special pentru a fi terminata inainte de Olimpiada 2008, numarul exponatelor a crescut foarte mult, ajungand la 5622. Muzeul gazduieste expozitii permanente dar si temporare. Are 5 etaje la suprafata si 2 subterane. Holul imens in care am intrat are 2000 metri patrati si o inaltime de 34 m. Aici se afla o minunata pailou, poarta decorativa chinezeasca, pe care toti o fotografiaza. In subteran se afla magazine cu suveniruri. Este amenajat cu iarba si bambus, lasandu-ti impresia ca te plimbi intr-un parc.
 pailou
 holul receptiei
 etaj subteran cu magazinul de suveniruri
 etaj subteran, amenajat ca un parc
statuia lui Confucius
Muzeul poate fi vizitat de marti pana dumineca (inclusiv), intre orele 9-17. Biletul de intrare costa 30 RMB, adica ceva mai putin de 3.50 euro Daca ai timp la dispozitie, poti petrece aici o zi intreaga. Nu era si cazul nostru, asa ca am dat o raita, care tot ne-a luat vreo doua ore si jumatate, alegand ce ni se parea mai interesant.

Astfel, ne-am oprit mai intai la portelanurile antice din perioada diverselor dinastii:
Apoi, am trecut printr-o incapere care expunea haine imperiale, care aveau brodat pe ele atotputernicul dragon, simbolul imparatului:
Am fotografiat, pentru atmosfera masa unui invatat de la curtea imperiala:
dupa care am admirat cateva vase pentru ars tamaie si alte incense parfumate, mai vechi si mai noi:
 arzator pentru tamaie
Am zabovit mai mult in salile care expuneau statuete buddhiste antice, obiecte de o deosebita valoare, realizate din piatra, aur, metal si pietre pretioase:
Mai erau numeroase alte colectii de vazut, intre care cea de jad, dar nu mai aveam timp asa ca, cu parere de rau, am plecat. Eram insa bucurosi ca ziua ploiasa ne-a oferit o asemenea sarbatoare a sufletului.

22 comments:

Wind said...

Abia asteptam urmatorul episod!
Foarte interesant si uluitor de documentat...multumesc mult!
Iti doresc numai bine!
Salutari!

Traveling Hawk said...

La fel si tie, Wind! Sa ai o dumineca frumoasa si ...un Mos Nicolae darnic :)

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

What an amazing building with interesting historical objects.

VertAnge said...

Cata migala a fost necesara pentru realizarea acestor obiecte de arta!
Imi place contrastul dintre cladirea foarte moderna si obiectele incarcate de ani.

Traveling Hawk said...

J_on_tour, this museum has most valuable objects. I have seen just a small part of them as we didn't disposed of much time but it sure is worth a visit!

Traveling Hawk said...

Cladirea este splendida, mi-a lasat o impresie minunata, VertAnge. Nu este cu nimic mai prejos decat ce poti vedea la Paris sau Londra. Arhitectura imbina elemente traditionale (forma, partea placata cu piatra a exteriorului) cu cele moderne (mai ales materialele folosite). Este structurata foarte bine, accesul la etaje se face usor, cu scari rulante si lift, etc. Desi vazusem poza pe internet, nu mi-am propus neaparat sa ajung acolo, stiind ca nu avem atat de mult timp la dispozitie. Dar daca ne-a aparut in drum si era si o zi ploioasa ?! Si nu am regretat :)

Ami (アミ) said...

super! cum termin cu doctoratele imi fac cadou o excursie in China neaparat...

Traveling Hawk said...

Asa sa faci, Ami! Ma bucur sa te aud, mi-ai lipsit :) Daca iti place subiectul, urmareste-l in continuare. Mai scriu despre el pana in 15 decembrie, apoi plec in India.

VP said...

A place so huge and modern, full of wonderful and ancient things...

Traveling Hawk said...

Yes, this makes you wonder why do we have so many misconceptions?! I heard people saying: "I don't want to go there because, beside strictly the historical things, is nothing more to be seen" And this is obviously wrong.

Rajesh said...

Quiet a huge museum. The items on display are amazing.

Traveling Hawk said...

I agree, Rajesh, it's an impressive museum. Thank you for visiting my blog.

joo said...

Great combination of modern architecture and such amazing objects!
Well done as usally!
Have a great week ahead:)

▒▓█► JOTA ENE said...

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Beautiful place ...!

Traveling Hawk said...

Yes, it is. Thank you for visiting, JOTA ENE!

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you, Joo! I give my best to put together interesting presentations :) I wish you a good week, too.

Life Ramblings said...

a wonderful museum with a great collection of ancient things. love the intricate details. it must be amazing to see all these in person.

MKL said...

I wonder, how I will feel, when I get the chance to visit Beijing. I'm fascinated with the Chinese culture, but I'm a big critic of the current regime. It will be a surreal experience. Visiting museums will be a must.

Traveling Hawk said...

You are right, Life Ramblings!! It's a different experience to be there or to see them in an album. being there you have a better feeling that those things belong there and only there.

Traveling Hawk said...

MKL, if you want to enjoy China, you have to do the difference between the political regime and the history and culture of a great nation. It is difficult to forget many aspects but I am sure you know this. It's the same thing I did when I visited states from former Soviet Union...

Rizalenio said...

Love looking at all these photographs. The characters interest me. I want to google all of them and read about them.

Thanks for sharing this to us, and it triggers us to have interest in knowing more about these statues.

Traveling Hawk said...

I'm sure you will find a lot of information on google, our friend :)