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weapons, char­i­ots and ves­sels, and then the vis­i­tors will be led grad­u­ally to the tomb, where they will see huge brass door knock­ers, and then a mag­nif­i­cent jade cof­fin, and a jade suit sewn to­gether with gold wire.

In the third room, vis­i­tors will see the more in­ti­mate part of the kings’ life, such as mir­rors and belt buck­les. The belt buck­les were a to­ken of love. Made in two halves – one in relief and the other in re­cess, the set of buck­les be­come one if you put the two halves to­gether. On the buck­les were also in­scribed such words as “For­get me not”.

The ob­ject was dis­cov­ered in a con­cu­bine’s tomb. “She must have been deeply in love with the king,” Xu said.

An­other in­trigu­ing side of the Han peo­ple’s life is that they were par­tic­u­lar about hy­giene, an im­por­tant ex­pres­sion of civ­i­liza­tion, Xu said. “We have a whole set of baths from (the) tomb, such as bath basins, toi­lets and rub­bing stone.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion shows that Han peo­ple were open-minded; they were pas­sion­ate about life and pur­su­ing longevity in the next life af­ter death, he said.

Out­side of the gallery, the show will high­light a life-sized set of replica mu­sic bells. Vis­i­tors can try their hands on those mu­sic bells and ex­pe­ri­ence what kind of sound the an­cient in­stru­ment could pro­duce.

“In do­ing so, we can show­case the great art, great tal­ent and in­ge­nu­ity of the Chi­nese and at the same time how ad­vanced the Chi­nese civ­i­liza­tion is,” said Xu. “That en­ables peo­ple to bet­ter un­der­stand to­day’s China. The point is not only to ad­mire the an­cient China, but also to have closer and mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and ap­pre­ci­a­tion (of the mod­ern China).”

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