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Saturday, April 8, 2000 - 08:15

Outing: Ancient Chinese Architectural Museum

OUTING:  Ancient Chinese Architectural Museum

The Xianong Altar, built in 1420, is the site where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties offered sacrifices to the farming gods and held tilling ceremonies. Today it is the Museum of Ancient Chinese Architecture. This group of ancient buildings has been comparatively well preserved and is known as a fine example for studying Chinese ancient architecture. Models of temples from the Han to Qing dynasties are on display, built to the exact measurements and proportions as the original. Also on display are the architectural system of Brackets, Ang and Dougen. The various buildings include the Hall of Jupiter, Divine Kitchen, Xianing Altar, platforms for reviewing tilling ceremonies and the building for imperial sacrifices.