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Cultural marvels unite nations

By Chen Simo | China Daily | Updated: 2024-06-26 06:45
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Chen Simo poses for a photo beside a poster of The Legacy of the Qin and Han Dynasties exhibition at the Archaeological Museum of Alicante, Spain, on Jan 13, 2024. [Photo provided to China Daily]

The highly anticipated exhibition, On Top of the Pyramid: The Civilization of Ancient Egypt, is set to open in Shanghai in July, featuring 788 precious artifacts from Egypt.

This event has attracted considerable attention, with many netizens expressing their excitement, saying, "It's truly amazing to view nearly a thousand ancient Egyptian artifacts without leaving the country."

This exhibition brings to mind last year's The Legacy of the Qin and Han Dynasties, held at the Archaeological Museum of Alicante in Spain, as part of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Spain.

The exhibition caused a sensation in Spain. I was lucky to participate in this event, witnessing the brilliant sparks of cultural exchange between China and Spain and feeling the deep interest and mutual respect both countries hold for each other's cultures.

I had the privilege of organizing a visit to the exhibition for local Chinese students. Upon entering the museum, a documentary detailing how Chinese and Spanish experts dismantled, packed, and transported the Terracotta Warriors and other artifacts from China to Spain immediately caught everyone's attention. The audience watched in awe, marveling at the complexity and precision of the cross-border transportation of cultural treasures.

Inside the exhibition hall, the museum created an immersive display area using advanced technology in lighting, music, and even scent, allowing visitors to explore history and ignite their imaginations.

As visitors entered the final exhibition hall and laid eyes on the lifelike Terracotta Warriors, they couldn't help but exclaim in admiration.

Many Spanish visitors traveled by train to Alicante just to see the Terracotta Warriors. They told us that posters of the exhibition were nearly everywhere on the train, and there was also a giant statue of a Terracotta Warrior by the seaport in Alicante.

These visitors not only praised the craftsmanship of the artifacts but also gained a deeper understanding and appreciation for China, vowing to explore the rich Chinese culture firsthand in the future.

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