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Chinese Cultural Resources

Museums and the Arts

Forbidden City and Palace Museum

The Forbidden City is a massive palace complex in Beijing, dating originally from the fifteenth century. The Forbidden City is a popular tourist destination for both its palace architecture and for the collection of artifacts from the imperial period housed within the palace. The website, available in both Chinese and English, contains information about the palace, including virtual tours; digital views of the collection; and information about exhibits.

Museum of the Terracotta Warriors and Horses of Shihuang

The tomb of Qin Shi Huang, the first Qin emperor, is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Thousands of unique sculptures of warriors and hundreds of horses made of terracotta were buried with the emperor in the third century BCE. The website of the museum, which is located in Xi'an, includes information about these finds.

Shanghai Museum

The Shanghai Museum has a large collection of ancient Chinese art housed in a modern museum. The website includes digital exhibits and information about the collection, including a selection of 100 key pieces that introduce the reader to Chinese history and art.

Digital Projects and Collections

Douban

This Chinese social networking website is focused on culture and the arts, which sections dedicated to discussing books, film, and music. Users can find and read content on Douban without an account, but the website might be difficult for all but advanced Chinese learners to use. Douban also has a shop and a streaming radio service, which you can read about on the audiovisual resources page.

Chinese Posters

This rich online exhibition of Chinese propaganda posters, dating from 1925 to the late twentieth century, mostly come from a private Dutch collection and the International Institute of Social History. You can browse posters by time period or by theme. Posters include key information, translations, and explanations of the context in which posters were produced.