Yunnan Nationalities Village

This large open-air ethnographic museum displays model villages and culture of the 26 ethnic groups that make up the Yunnan population. It is laid out almost like a theme park, celebrating the different ways of life of the people - although to some this could be interpreted as touristifying minority cultures, which historically have been … Continue reading Yunnan Nationalities Village

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Wang Family Courtyard

This traditional house museum contains several exhibitions on local culture and folklore, housed in a Ming/ Qing Dynasty style family home. Of particular interest was the traditional marriage room, decorated in red with ornate detailing, a small exhibition of shadow puppetry, and the larger artefacts dotted around the buildings - including this beautiful countryside cart. … Continue reading Wang Family Courtyard

Pingyao Ancient Town

Around a days travel by train from Beijing (via Taiyuan, which I visited previously), Pingyao is a fantastically well preserved ancient walled town and well worth a visit. While the town is full of small sights and temples, actually the main attraction is just exploring and getting lost among its narrow streets. With that in … Continue reading Pingyao Ancient Town

Hebei Provincial Museum

Located in the centre of Shijiazhuang (the provincial capital), this fantastic museum has to be one of the best I've visited in China. The building itself is huge, and there were so many exhibitions I had to go on no less than three separate occasions to see everything of interest, and even then I hadn't … Continue reading Hebei Provincial Museum

Shanxi Provincial Museum

This museum is perplexingly huge - just to get inside we had to walk up several flights of stairs and around the outside, a route that took several minutes to walk. Inside however, it seemed mostly empty space - with large empty hallways and stairwells. That weird emptiness aside, there was certainly a lot of … Continue reading Shanxi Provincial Museum

National Archeological Museum

Returning to Sofia for our flight back to the UK, we had a couple of hours spare to explore the National Archeological Museum of Bulgaria. This former Ottoman mosque now houses an interesting range of exhibits from around Bulgaria, spread across five halls.We started in the central hall, which contains items from ancient Thrace, Greece … Continue reading National Archeological Museum