Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum
Situated in Urumqi, the Xinjiang Museum (Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum) is a large integrated museum and centre for the collection and study of cultural relics discovered in the region. Built in 1953, it has an exhibition hall that covers an area of about 7,800 square meters.
In total there are over 32,000 collections in the museum. These not only represent the ethnic lifestyle and humanity of the region but also illustrate its revolutionary spirit. The exhibition relating to folk customs includes costumes, tools and every day necessities. Together they vividly illustrate for us the dress, lifestyle, religion, marriage customs, festivals and other aspects of the colorful life of the 12 minorities that live in Xinjiang.
The historical relics include carpentries, iron wares, bronze wares, bright and beautiful brocades, tomb figures, pottery, coins, rubbings from stone inscriptions, and writings as well as weapons and so on. These give an insight into the past and show how the society of Xinjiang developed.
The display of ancient corpses is fantastic, for it was in this region that a great number of ancient and well preserved remains were discovered. The corpses here were dried by the particular natural environment. All of specimens in the collection include men, women, lovers, and generals. The 'Loulan beauty' is among the best preserved and famous ones. The 'Loulan beauty' has a reddish brown skin, thick eyelashes, charming large eyes, and long hair. This particular 'charming' corpse has survived for an estimated 3,800 years.