The tour covers a range of activities and topics, from observations of the famed Terracotta Warriors at the National Geographic Museum to modern reflections on China’s rapid development and change.
The Smithsonian Resident Associate Program elaborates,
We begin with insights into modern China—from its towering skyscrapers and busy factories to smart-phonetoting youth—provided by our guide, Mei Zhang. Next are a guided tour of the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery permanent collection of Chinese art—which includes jade objects from 5,000 years ago, early Buddhist sculpture, and paintings from the 10th century— and a hands-on session designed to give us a taste of Chinese calligraphy. Then we discuss the many flavors of Chinese cuisine over a lunch served at Asia Nine. We proceed to the Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China’s First Emperor exhibit at the National Geographic Museum and close the day with an insider visit to the Chinese Embassy, designed by the architectural firm headed by I.M. Pei’s sons.
Mei is extremely pleased to share her expertise on China with her DC neighbors in conjunction with such a prestigious institution.
While the tour is fully booked, visitors may observe the Terracotta Warriors at the National Graphic Museum until March 31, 2010. For more information, visit the exhibit homepage.
More information on the “Chinese Treasures in Washington” tour can be found on the tour homepage.