"Treasures of China" Exhibition Is Attracting a Large Number of Visitors


“Treasure of China” Exhibition hosted by Riyadh National Museum has attracted a large number of visitors who interacted with the archaeological exhibits and artifacts which reflect cultural richness and diversity of China and what distinguished it of various tourist and heritage elements.

The exhibition contains 200 archeological artifacts of Chinese  civilization treasures which attracted the attention of the exhibition visitors, on top of which is one of the most famous wonders of the world, the Terracotta Warriors, made of mud and ordered by the first emperor of China, in addition to a collection of archaeological excavations and historical antiquities collected from 10 Chinese museums  chronologically ordered beginning with the  the phase of ‘The Beginning of Civilization, then the "Unification, Integration and Development" phase, and the “Comprehensive and Diversified Foreign Exchange" phase, the "Ocean Business and Trade Development " phase, and finally the ‘Imperialism Power and Royal Tolerance”. 

The exhibition of ‘Chinese Treasures’ presents models of the ancient Chinese heritage extending to thousands of years including rare pieces that have been displayed outside China for the first time. The exhibits vary from pottery, bronze, jade stones, porcelain, gold, silver,enamel, and many other Chinese treasures.

Dr. Haya al-Samhari, a writer in Al-Jazira newspaper, explained that holding of “Treasures of China" exhibition at the Riyadh National Museum isan evidence of the strong relations between Saudi Arabia with its reputation, civilization and its pioneering future direction and other countries, noting that the Chinese civilization is based on belief. This establishes that any civilization can’t be established without a firm and sincere belief that unleashes the sincerest creativity, pointing out that China's civilization is a symbol of strength, beauty and creativity.

She pointed out to the necessity of celebrating  the initiative of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National  Heritage of  signing  agreements with a number of countries  where ‘Roads to Arabia, Archaeological Treasures of the Saudi Arabia’ exhibition was held to hold archaeological exhibitions  at Riyadh National Museum, and that it should receive a distinctive coverage from different media, calling on all segments of the society to visit the exhibition to get informed of the high cultural level reached by the Saudi Arabia in the communication between them and the countries of the world, and the high appreciation enjoyed by the KSA that these countries brought out their treasures and antiquities for us to see it in the KSA.

Mr. Khalid Al-Ghanim, Director of Al-Yawm newspaper in Riyadh, said that "Treasures of China" Exhibition presented a comprehensive picture of the ancient Chinese civilization through the various artifacts exhibited therein, noting the comprehensive background possessed by the staff of the National Museum of all the historical monuments and the historical periods to which each piece belongs.

He pointed out that the exhibition has presented beliefs about the Chinese civilization, of which the Great Wall of China and the Dragon are known, where the exhibition contained Chinese pots and clothes, and now we know how the Silk Road started and where it arrived.

Mr. Mohammed Ibrahim Al-Hilwi, Head of Visitor Relations Department at the National Museum, said that "Treasures of China" Exhibition receives a great attraction from visitors, both citizens, residents, male and female school students and media figures, as well as Chinese visitors who stressed the importance of the exhibition and the valuable artifacts it contains. He said that the exhibition represents a valuable opportunity to Riyadh residents and visitors to see a collection of the rarest artifacts that embody the ancient civilizations of China.

He stressed that Riyadh National Museum’s hosting many international exhibitions, reflect the cultural and civilized openness and exchange between the KSA and the world. He pointed out that the coming period will witness holding a number of antiquities and heritage exhibitions from different countries in the world to be showcased at Riyadh National Museum. This comes as a result of a number of joint cooperation   agreements signed between the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage with a number of countries where the exhibition "masterpieces of the effects of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia through the ages" was held.

Mr. Al-Halawi noted the great role played by the National Museum to introduce the Saudi public to the world's civilizations through exhibitions held in the National Museum. The museum staff explain to the public about all the artifacts and civilizations to which these pieces belong, in addition to providing them with introductory publications about the global civilizations and the activities and programs accompanying holding this kind of exhibitions.

The exhibition comes as an extension of co-operation in the field of archaeology between Saudi Arabia and the People’s Republic of China in the framework of the joint cooperation  agreement signed between Saudi Arabia represented by the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage and the People’s Republic of China represented by the State Administration of the Chinese Cultural Heritage in archaeology, which includes cooperation in the fields of archaeological research, archaeology exhibitions and museum.

On the sideline of “Treasures of China” exhibition, held from 13/9 – 23/11/2018,the Saudi National Museum is going to display models of the Chinese Archaeological artifacts recovered during the archaeological excavations at various sites of Saudi Arabia which represent the commercial exchange between China and the Arabic peninsula civilizations. Anavenue will be allocated to introduce the excavation worksbeing implemented currently by the joint Saudi-Chinese team at Al-Sereen site in Qunfudha Governorate within the international Saudi missionaries working at archaeological excavationsin Saudi Arabia.

It should be pointed out that the SCTH has signed agreements with a number of countries  where ‘Roads to Arabia, Archaeological Treasures of the Saudi Arabia’ exhibition was held to hold archaeological exhibitions  at Riyadh National Museum where the coming period will witness a number of archaeological  and heritage exhibitions to be displayed at the National Museum within the Visiting Exhibition  Program at the museum which is considered one of the tracks of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Program to Take care of Cultural Heritage implemented by the SCTH.