A ritualistic birth of a museum

A ritualistic birth of a museum

Chinese public school Today we visited a middle school. Actually, we visited two middle schools — one was under construction and the other was a public school. The middle school under construction is massive.

It’s as big as Bloomsburg University’s campus.

Our tour guide told us there would be several dorms on campus where the students will stay during the weekdays. There is going to be about 4,000 students who attend the school from ages 10 to 14.

At the public school, there were hundreds of kids all in the same uniform. Even the gym class wore the school’s track pants and a windbreaker, whereas at the middle school I went to we were allowed to wear what we pleased.

We first went to a music class where students played terracotta flutes. They looked like green gourds with finger holes.

After watching the class play, we headed over to an English class.

We had the opportunity to talk to some of the students, but the students were very shy.

Later in the afternoon, we traveled to Linzi where there was a museum. The museum was created because construction workers discovered many horses and chariots lined up together while building a highway.

Other than seeing the actual horses and chariots, the museum displayed many different models of chariots from hundreds of years ago.

A lot of them were used in battle, but some of them were intricately decorated and used by wealthy people.

The horses that were buried were very interesting, because they were all facing the same way, which suggested the burial could have been some type of ritual.

Also, Dr. (Jing) Luo mentioned whoever owned the horses must have been very wealthy, because they were outfitted with seashells, the currency at the time.

    — Katie Haughey, a junior psychology major