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A Tale of Two Cities
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  • A visitor reads a chronology of signifi cant events in the Ming Dynasty
  • A model of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, a royal edifice built in the Ming Dynasty
  • A pair of Ming Dynasty gold earrings
  • Gold and porcelain artifacts unearthed in Nanjing
  • Ming royal gold hair ornaments on display
  • A gold kettle with gems from the Ming Dynasty
  • 展厅内展示的明代重要事件年代表_076092.jpg
  • 北京天坛祈年殿的结构模型,这是明代北京城重要皇家建筑_076090.JPG
  • 南京太平门外板徐达家族6号墓出土的明代药神形金耳坠_076091.jpg
  • 观众正在参观各种文物_076089.jpg
  • 南京江宁将军山沐斌夫人梅氏墓出土的明代嵌宝石金头面是本次展览_076093.jpg
  • 北京右安门外万贵、万通父子夫妇墓出土的明代金镶宝飞鱼纹持壶_076088.jpg

Before Beijing became the capital of the People's Republic of China in 1949, it had faced ups and downs in its status as the first city. In the early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the honor fell to Jinling, today's Nanjing in Jiangsu Province, east China. However, Emperor Yongle (1360-1424) proclaimed Beijing the new capital in 1420. The relocation played a significant role in the stability and prosperity of the dynasty.

Capital Museum of China in Beijing traces the story of Beijing's transformation in its exhibition Capital Relocation—1420, From Nanjing to Beijing. Opened in January, the exhibition displays 267 cultural relics from cultural institutions in the two cities, including Nanjing Museum, the Palace Museum and the National Library of China. They showcase the political, economic and cultural development of the two capitals and give an intriguing glimpse of the lifestyle of the royals and high officials at that time.

After running for about six months in Beijing, it will travel to Nanjing as its second destination.

(Text and Photos by Wei Yao)

Copyedited by Sudeshna Sarkar

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