A Touch of History
HOLD CHINA’S HISTORY IN YOUR HANDS AT NUO HOTEL BEIJING
aking its debut in Beijing are 57 artifacts from the Bu Zhi Tang family that they’ve spent the past two generations curating. These are currently on loan to Nuo Hotel Beijing’s second floor for the public to see for free until the end of November.
An exhibition that’s not just for history buffs, it’s a piece of this country’s past to be admired, but also to be felt. Unlike at a historical museum, this exhibition lets you hold a piece of history right in the palm of your hands. It’s a rare opportunity to get a glimpse of one of the most important periods in ancient China.
Amongst the 57 items on display is the sword of Zhou Guo. It’s fascinating to admire (and hold) the bronze casting technology from over 2,000 years ago. The sword was cast with a mixture of different metals, making it sharp and incredibly durable. Holding it in your hands, you can’t help but wonder about the battles it’s been in and the countless lives that it’s taken. As one of the last remaining two swords of its kind in existence, this is a first-class cultural relic.
The piece that stole our attention is something much smaller than a sword: A pair of Tally Tigers. One of the only kind in existence, these tigers once wielded
Mmore power than any sword could possibly imagine. The Tally Tigers were used as a form of authentication for the emperor to move his army. The tigers were separated in half, one to remain with the emperor at all times while the other went with his general. During battle, the general would send his plans with a messenger back to the emperor for approval. If the emperor approved, he would send his half of the Tally Tiger with the messenger to the general. No general, no matter how high up in the ranks, could move the army without the authentication of the emperor. Only when the two halves were re-united could the general command his troops. There are no words to describe the feeling of holding the small sculpture that once determined the fate of this country.
Take in the peaceful surroundings of the hotel and the history that this exhibition holds. Since opening, Nuo Hotel Beijing has placed a strong focus on Chinese history and artists. It’s only fitting that they’re here today to share a glimpse of this country’s past with us.