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“Did we go to the same museum?”

Puppet Emperor's Palace (Wei Huang Gong)
Ranked #1 of 124 things to do in Changchun
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Guangzhou, China
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35 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Did we go to the same museum?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2012

It seems as though I went to a different museum that some of the other reviewers, but it is in fact the same one. I visited each of the many different museums and galleries that make up the large grounds of this interesting part of history. It's a good place that I recommend, but there are a few big problems, few English or Japanese captions, lazy useless staff, an odd entry exit set up, and exhibits not in good working order. I've lived in China for 12 years, have been to most major museums, speak and read Chinese, and know what to expect and this place should be better than it is.

Even though there were some English and Japanese signs, only exhibit introductions were multi-lingual and ALL other material and signage in the exhibit was Chinese only. Considering how a MAJOR role/function of this museum is reminding foreigners such as Japanese visitors about their history it is utterly unbelievable that so little effort was put into multi-lingual signage. I saw groups of Japanese walking by exhibits and quickly getting tired of attempting to read Chinese and then very quickly moving on. The opportunity to communicate to its TARGET audience was lost.

Everywhere I went, the staff were sleeping in their chairs, eating their lunch on top of exhibit cases, were chatting ot texting on their phones, or at best crunching away at watermelon seeds. I seriously couldn't look at an artifact because the contents of a box lunch were all over the case; even the sauce was dripping on the glass.

Even though there are multiple ways in, there is only one way out. There are no signs explaining this. Walking all the way back across the park because I couldn't leave from the west entrance/exit was no big incovenience for me, but it could be for some and speaks to poor planning.

Many even very new exhibits were already falling apart. Many monitors were off, computers and interactive displays were out of order. Artifacts in exhibit cases had fallen over or pictures had fallen out of their frame. I pointed it out to a staff member and she shrugged. Letters for signage were falling off in almost every exhibit. All they need to do is buy some better glue and pay those lazy seed crunching seet warmers to do something useful.

This is a good museum that could easily be excllent. Add more captions, train your workers, let people go out the west gate, and do some routine maintanence once a week.

Visited August 2012
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Jeonju, Jeollabuk-do, South Korea
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“more than a park for tourism”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2012

it is more like a big park full of history and culture with beautiful environment. gardens, buildings, museums, even have horses. the facilities are very convenient for either Chinese or English-speakers. you can easily rent for a digital guider which will tell you a lot triggered by the chips when you are near some spot. (no need to press any button or input any number, it is completely automatically.) and it has a map at back to guide you where to go. it was very nice. Also, you can ask for a guide girl there, which mostly hired by a tour group.
there was a lot to see and the sneakers are highly commended.
i feel it's worth a visit!

Visited June 2012
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“Another world ...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2012

We visited this palace as part of an organised tour progressing from Beijing to Harbin. We were in Changchun for two nights.
Having seen the movie, "The Last Emperor", helped with historical context. Fortunately we had an English speaking guide, and inevitably, too little time. The guide certainly maintained the Party line.
I highly recommend the 'palace' which is another aspect of Chinese history, and, apart from the movie, not one with which I was familiar.
I understood the name to be the "Museum of the Manchu State Imperial Palace" but of course it is the place the Last Emperor, Pu Yi ended up when despatched from the Forbidden City. Those who recall the movie will know the palace where Pu Yi and wife and concubine No 1 were managed by the Japanese.
The building itself was built in the mid 1920's and has an Art Deco feel about it. Lovely grounds but not massive. Buildings tend to wind into one another with narrow 20's style corridors. Pu Yi's office and rooms are preserved, and furnished with furniture apparently of the time and memorabilia from the last emperor. There is no doubt that this period was an awful stage in China's history as the atrocities and the appalling condtions during the war are evident.

The city itself has a charm not evident in Jilin and Shenyang. Perhaps I was swayed by the slight European sense in parts of the City. For me this was a highlight. Difficult to say why, perhaps the movie, not sure. Bertolucci filmed in some sections of the palace and it is amazing to see how the power of a camera can change the reality of a room or a corridor.

This site and the city are really worth a look if you have the chance, yet another piece of China's rich history.

Visited January 2012
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Changchun, China
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“Interesting day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2012

The Emperor's Palace was an authentic recreation of the period with enough information in English to understand the role of the Puyi during the Japanese occupation. The museum on the same site was really excellent with informative displays all of an exceptionally high standard.

Visited May 2012
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“a very nice place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2012

well, since im a big fans of museum, I find this place interesting! So many information on Chinese history. I was really surprised actually. Definitely worth visit! owh, u can get student price:d

Visited December 2011
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