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Celestial Empire

Celestial Empire
Life in China, 1644–1911

Crop of Complete Map of the Everlasting Unity of the Great Qing between 1796 and 1820 with exhibition branding Celestial Empire life in China 1644 to 1911
2 January 2016 to 22 May 2016,

Daily, 10.00am-5.00pm. 
Thursdays, 10.00am-8.00pm

Exhibition Gallery, Ground floor


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Experience 300 years of Chinese culture and tradition from two of the world’s great libraries. From life at court to life in the villages and fields, glimpse the world of China’s last imperial dynasty and its wealth of cultural tradition.

See exquisite and precious objects from the National Library of China. Marvel at drawings and plans for Beijing’s iconic palaces from the Yangshi Lei Archives, listed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register in 2007 and never before seen in Australia. Beautiful maps, books and prints come alive in ornate detail. Discover our acclaimed Chinese Collection, including rare items from the London Missionary Society that offer a unique view of early western impressions of China.

An exclusive exhibition in partnership with the National Library of China.

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Image: After Huang Qianren (1694-1771), Complete Map of the Everlasting Unity of the Great Qing between 1796 and 1820, ink on paper, National Library of China, Beijing

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Presenting partners

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National Library of Australia logo

Principal partner

Shell logo

Media partner

Seven Network logo

Government partners

National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program logo
Australia-China Council logo

Major partners

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Visit Canberra logo
Optus logo

Associate partners

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Asia Society Australia logo
 Australian Centre on China in the World logo

Hotel partner

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Airline partner

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