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The moral of China's timeless murals

By DYLAN WALKER | China Daily | Updated: 2024-05-15 06:23

Wang Jiang (right), the museum's curator, introduces its merchandise to Walker. [Photo by Zhu Xingxin/China Daily]

He mentioned that many of the Western figures depicted in the murals came from Central Asia.

"Through trade and social integration, they became part of the social fabric of the late Northern Dynasty (386-581)," he said. "This exchange undoubtedly facilitated profound cultural dissemination."

Surrounded by these ancient artifacts, I felt a deep connection to those who came before me, realizing our shared humanity across the ages. It was a humbling experience, reminding me of how art and culture can reach beyond time and space.

My visit to the Taiyuan Northern Qi Dynasty Mural Museum was an unforgettable encounter. It opened my eyes to the rich cultural heritage of China and gave me a newfound appreciation for the complexities of history.

I agreed with Wang when he emphasized the museum's unique role, stating that "a museum serves as an art palace, a hall showcasing excellent traditional culture", which, I think, echoes President Xi Jinping's sentiment that "every museum is a big school", preserving historical narratives and cultural legacies.

Leaving the museum, I took away more than just memories; I gained a deeper understanding of the world and its countless wonders. I truly wish that more people, from China and around the globe, will get the chance to explore the marvels held within this museum. May its doors continue to welcome all who are eager to discover the beauty and history of the Northern Qi Dynasty, and, although my visit was short, its impact will stay with me forever.

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