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Seeing Hubei arts and culture online

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2020-04-21

It's been more than a week since the lockdown on Wuhan was lifted. But in order to further contain the epidemic, visiting the city's beloved museum, the Hubei Provincial Museum, is still not a possibility.

However, the good news is that, wherever you are, going on a virtual tour of the museum has become a reality, as long as you access Google Arts & Culture.

Thanks to Google's famed 360-degree panorama and the high-resolution image acquisition technologies, you can easily enjoy an immersive museum tour from the comfort of your home.

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A poster for the virtual tour of the Hubei Provincial Museum. [Photo/Official WeChat Account of GoogleChinablog]

click the poster to watch the video

By simply tapping on the screen to zoom in, you can get a close-up view of the museum's globally renowned artifact, a set of 65 bronze chime bells dating back 2,400 years to the time of the Marquis Yi of the Zeng state.

Moreover, the virtual tour is guided by influential museum photographer Dongmaiying, a Wuhan local who boasts 3.85 million followers on China's Twitter-equivalent of Weibo. A regular to the museum, the photographer has taken a bulk of stunning shots of the museum's treasured artifacts, whose back stories are also shared over the guided tour.

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A screenshot of the Weibo page for museum photographer Dongmaiying, a Wuhan local who serves as the guide of the virtual tour of the Hubei Provincial Museum. [Photo/Weibo]

   

The Hubei Provincial Museum, one of the country's key museums at the provincial level, houses 240,000 cultural relics, epitomizing the rich and brilliant culture and arts originating in the region.

Hubei, historically known as Chu, is home to the great poet Qu Yuan (c. 340-278 BC), who penned the canonical work Chu Ci (Verses of Chu), arguably one of the cornerstones of the ancient Chinese poetry tradition.

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A poster for the virtual tour of the Hubei Provincial Museum. [Photo/Official WeChat Account of GoogleChinablog]


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