10 splendid museums in China

Updated: 2017-05-18 07:00:35

Today marks International Museum Day, a day initiated by the International Council of Museums to raise public awareness about the industry. Here is a selection of 10 of the best museums in China that you should check out.

1. The Palace Museum, Beijing

The Palace Museum in Beijing is the most visited museum in the world, with tens of millions of people visiting every year. In 2016, a record 16 million people explored the vast museum. [Photo/VCG]

2. The World Expo Museum, Shanghai

The World Expo Museum in Shanghai opened to the public on May 1 this year. Located on the former site of the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, the museum is the world's only official museum dedicated to world expos, and the first of its kind to showcase the development history of the event. [Photo/VCG]

3. Suzhou Police Museum

The Suzhou Police Museum is also the Anti-drug Museum in Suzhou, East China's Jiangsu province. The former prison was built in the late Qing Dynasty (1644 -1911), and housed important criminals and those sentenced to death. On top of the asterisk-shaped building is a guardroom where police officers could supervise all rooms underneath. [Photo/VCG]

4. Kaohsiung Exhibition Center, Taiwan

The Kaohsiung Exhibition Center (KEC) is a landmark building in Kaohsiung, South Taiwan, featuring a wave-shaped structure. Opened in 2014, the KEC is the first multifunctional waterfront venue in Taiwan for exhibitions, international conferences, association meetings, banquets, concerts, product launches as well as outdoor events. [Photo/VCG]

5. National Maritime Museum, Tianjin

The National Maritime Museum in Tianjin is set to open in autumn this year, showcasing China's maritime civilization, the history of the maritime Silk Road and items and documents about Chinese seas. The complex has been designed in the shape of flying fish as seen in this aerial photo. [Photo/VCG]

6. Dinosaur Egg Museum, Hubei province

The Dinosaur Egg Museum, nestled in the Qinglong Mountain, Central China's Hubei province, was named one of the top 10 public building of 2016 by renowned architecture and design magazine Dezeen. It was the only Chinese building included in the international list. The museum was designed by an expert team led by Chinese architect Li Baofeng from Huazhong University of Science and Technology. The museum sprawls down a mountainside, covering a geological site containing fossils of dinosaur eggs laid 80 million years ago. [Photo/VCG]

7. Kaleidoscope Art Manor, Yunnan province

The Kaleidoscope Art Manor in the Mile county in Honghe, Southwest China's Yunnan province, is a wine bottle-shaped complex erected using red bricks, representing the local red wine culture. Designed by Yunnan-born artist Luo Xu, the place serves as an art center which hosts an agricultural reclamation museum, a multi-purpose hall, art galleries and boutique small hotels. [Photo/VCG]

8. Maritime Silk Road Museum, Guangdong province

The Maritime Silk Road Museum in South China's Guangdong province is the world's first underwater archeology museum. Its iconic tourist attraction is a shipwreck called Nanhai No. 1 from the Song Dynasty (960-1279) that connected China with the Middle East and Europe. It was found in the mouth of the Pearl River, the starting point of China's ancient Maritime Silk Road, which is thought to contain up to 80,000 precious pieces of cargo, especially ceramics. [Photo/VCG]

9. Qingdao Navy Museum, Shandong province

The Qingdao Navy Museum is a maritime military museum in the coastal city of Qingdao, East China's Shandong province. Its latest draw card is the retired Long March 1 - China's first domestically made nuclear submarine (as seen in the photo above). Built in 1970, the submarine served in the People's Liberation Army Navy for decades before it was decommissioned in 2016. [Photo/VCG]

10. The September 18th History Museum, Liaoning province

The September 18th History Museum in Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning province, is built to commemorate the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression. On Sept 18, 1931, Japanese troops blew up a section of railway under its control near Shenyang, and then accused Chinese troops of sabotage as a pretext for attack. They bombarded barracks near Shenyang the same evening, triggering the 14-year bloody invasion of China. [Photo/VCG]



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