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Experience Beijing with ICCIE 2019 - First Stop: Beijing Tianqiao Museum

May 17, 2019 4:59:13 PM

On the morning of May 15, 2019, 150 residents of Tianqiao neighborhood and kindergarten teachers from Xicheng District came to the underground exhibition of the Citizen Plaza of the Beijing Tianqiao Museum, which is located at the intersection of Beiwei Road and Tianqiao South Street in Xicheng District.

Ms. Li Mengnan, docent of the museum, and Mr. Zhao Xingli, expert on Tianqiao folklore expert, first expressed their warm welcome and introduced the exhibition: The Beijing Tianqiao Museum is the only museum in China dedicated to the Tianqiao area. The facility not only displays the various industries and the lives of the handicraftsmen in the past, but also the scene when the Qing Emperor walked through the bridge during a sacrifice ceremony. The Tianqiao was once a bridge that only the emperor could walk through, hence the name “Bridge of Heaven”.

Through AR technologies, the Museum recreates the scenes of camel teams leisurely walking through the market with the camel bell jingling. Old folk games can be seen again in the museum, which has disappeared for hundreds of years. Old-fashioned plaques and hutong nameplate line the walls, revealing the hustle and bustle of daily life. The old and unique tools of artisans at that time tell the stories of their owners with the shiny, polished surface resulting from long years’ using. A map of the area in the 1930s records the geographical location of the major stores in a manner that is no less detailed than modern online maps, on which there are surprisingly 773 shops and booths on the 20-acre boundary. What is even harder to anticipate is that, apart from the many theaters and juggling gardens, there were 24 dentist clinics, which exceeded number of the clothing stores, shoe stores, and blacksmith shops.

Xicheng District has positioned itself as the “Folklore Museum & Cultural Creativity Space”. The exhibition is divided into five sections: “Preface Hall, Bridge of Heaven, Bridge of Culture, Bridge of People, Bridge of Rejuvenation”, which all intend to promote the public culture for the people through lectures, creative product design and development, performances of the old artists, and interactive experience for intangible cultural heritages.