China is an ancient country with abundant resources and outstanding people. Consisting of 56 ethnic groups, it spans a civilization of 5,000 years and a territory of 9.6 million square kilometers. Its culture is rich and colorful, and its folk customs are full of splendors. Chinese costumes have a long history, ranging from primitive society, the Xia-Shang-Zhou dynasties, Spring & Autumn and Warring States periods, to Qin Dynasty, Han Dynasty, Wei, Jin, the Southern and Northern dynasties, to Sui Dynasty, Tang Dynasty, Song Dynasty, to Liao, Xia, Jin and Yuan dynasties, to Ming Dynasty, Qing Dynasty, and to modern and contemporary times. Each of the costumes is world-renowned with a distinctive flavor. They are mainly traditional dresses of Han people, and some apparel of minority groups. The featured exhibition Chinese Costumes has constantly updated its exhibits and related information. This time, it covers a selection of costumes and accessories from Miao, Yi, Dong, and other ethnic minorities from Yunnan and Guizhou provinces, garments and ornaments of Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty, and embroidered bands of various ethnic regions.
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