Lovely sculptures protect the building:
The stairwells were well lit so I could photograph how beautiful the interior is.
While cameras were permitted, the light levels within the museum were too low to capture much.
The map below is fascinating as it shows the current spread of the hundreds of ethnic groups in China. The major group (90%) are the Han Chinese as shown by the vast areas of pale yellow in the east. Tibetans (golden yellow) occupy the south west and Mongolians (bright chartreuse) the central north. The Uygur (light chartreuse green) are in the area in the northwest beneath the Kazaks (forest green.) While waiting to take the picture I overheard the following comment from a well-heeled couple with American accents, she of Chinese descent, he a Caucasian: “We are descended from the Tang Dynasty (618-906) but I don’t see it in the list. Why is it not there?” Ummm, because these are ethnic groups not dynastic descendants…?
I took one photo of a costume because it was so colourful but forgot to note the group which would have worn it.
Next post: Chinese calligraphy and painting.