Melbourne’s Chinese Museum

Fortunately, the hike up Little Bourke Street into Chinatown was worth it because of the Chinese Museum. Many of the pieces on display were on loan from a local interested in Chinese history.

Because ancient Chinese believed in the after life as in ancient Egypt, jade burial suits were a relatively common discovery. Despite the extravagance, it was believed that the jade would preserve the body.

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While the upper floor contained examples from the Han Dynasty, the lower levels dealt with modern times. The processional dragon was impressive with its head alone weighing over 200 kilograms. Not surprisingly, it was the largest in the world needing over one hundred participants.

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A model of Zhang Heng’s seismograph

My favourite however, had to be the article on Lee Lin Chin who was SBS’s (and probably Australia’s) first and fabulous newsreader who could twist her tongue around any difficult place name.

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