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Civilisations – Treasures of China in the British Museum

Russell Square underground station, London

Guided by Barry

Meet the serene Luohan figure. You’ll be glad you did. It's the most stop-you-in-your-tracks image in London. And that’s by way of extending a very special invitation: Let’s Go to China. To the Shang and Tang dynasties. To Old Cathay. Our magic carpet is the Chinese works of art in the British Museum. The sort of finger guards worn by the last Chinese Dowager Empress Cixi ensured her status. Works of art that present to us people, ideas and beliefs that are very different from what we’re used to. It’s heady stuff. These objects are very beautiful. But they’re also novel, mysterious, exotic. And they have much to teach us – they provide a breathtaking insight into the Chinese character. And as for their range, well, no people have excelled the Chinese in the variety as well as the brilliance of their arts. Throughout almost all the 3,000 years since the Shang ruled they have evolved a stunning succession of styles in sculpture, painting, ceramics, jade, textiles and lacquer. And seeing these things with someone who knows what they’re talking about – who can, to take just one example, shed all kinds of light on the symbolism, utility and aesthetic grace of the Dunhuang Buddhist images hidden in a cave for 800 years – well, “cultural stimulation” doesn’t come any more rewarding.

TREASURES OF CHINA IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM – THE PRACTICALS

The Civilisations – Treasures of China in the British Museum tour takes place at 2.30 pm on Sunday, xxxxxx. Meet Dr. Barry just outside Russell SquareTube

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If you can't make the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Civilisations – Treasures of China in the British Museum tour do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Treasures of China in the British Museum Tour– or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We'll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at london@walks.com and we'll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they're good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.

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