You know, China was the largest economy in the world until the 1800's and courtesy of the GFC brought to us by the banksters, it probably is the largest economy again.
Its a fact that the Chinese people had a vibrant and complex society while the rest of us in the West, and everyone else in the world, were living in swamps and eating weeds and insects.
This place has a very compact collection of artifacts which can be seen in the course of 2-3 hours to do it justice. And justice you must do it. You will be enhanced by contemplating beauty.
It goes without saying that many of the pieces are breathtakingly beautiful, ingenious as to manufacture, and humbling as to antiquity.
Had the chinese decided to be a little more expansioninst in their earlier history, who knows what the cultural and industrial landscape would be like across the middle east and europe today. But they didn't; they stayed at home to congratulate each other on making a good fist out of life - well, unless you were a peasant, as usual.
And, there is no entry fee. Bonus!
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