： (tri-colored glazed pottery, Tang Dynasty)
China was strong and prosperous in the Tang Dynasty. Luoyang was the east capital of the Tang and capital city of the Zhou. The Silk Road that connected Europe and Asia, and the Grand Canal passed through from south to north joined in Luoyang, which was at that time the center of economic and cultural exchange between China and Western countries. In the Tang Dynasty, Luoyang was magnificent and well arranged, with Luoshui River running through. Its shape and setup had deep influence on later ages. In the era of Wu Zetian, the only empress in Chinese history, Luoyang was a good model in architecture, crafts, and religious culture. As an international metropolis, it attracted merchants from all over the world, most of whom were Hu merchants from Europe and West Asia. Both Chinese and foreign customs and utensils of various kinds co-existed; Hu music and dance prevailed; Islam and Christian were introduced to China and mosques and churches were built in Luoyang. Taoism of China and Buddhism from India co-existed harmoniously. This exhibition is on the basis of the splendid history and culture of Luoyang—the east capital of Tang Dynasty—and tries to demonstrate to the visitors a great city and its people.
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