Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Southern Song Dynasty Kiln Museum

Today included a trip to the Southern Song Dynasty Kiln museum, which Sue has been dying to go to since we arrived in Hangzhou eight months ago.  This kiln was unearthed in the early 20th century and fired pots for the Song dynasty (960 - 1279 AD), and porcelain for imperial use. 


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To the left is the giant kiln that could fire hundreds of items simultaneously.  On this dig site they also found pottery from previous eras.  In fact, on the right is a pot that dates back to 2000 B.C. - more than 4000 years old!
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Now that Sue has had her curiosity satisfied, hopefully she won't want to build one this big when we get home! :)

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

NI HAO LEWIS FAMILY,
I LOVE THE BLOG PICTURES OF THE MUSEUMS. HOPE SOPHIES COLD GOTTEN BETTER. HOW THE ATMOSPHERE IN CHINA ABOUT THE OLYMPICS GETTING READY TO START, MUST BE EXCITING.
HOPE ALL IS WELL AT SCHOOL WITH YOUR STUDENTS. MY SISTERS CHINESES SCHOOL IN AMERICA IS GETTING READY FOR THEIR EXAMS FOR THE SUMMER VACTION. WELL GOD BLESS AND HAVE FUN!
LG

Anonymous said...

Well, Tim it looks like you are surpassing your goal of 20,000 hits on your blog while you are gone! Congrats! I'm sure you will have many more before you come home as I've been giving out your blog like crazy! Everyone raves about it, I can sure see why! It's fun to go back and see our pictures with you. It makes me really glad we made the trip to come over to see you. It was certainly well worth it and one I will never forget!!

Your Sis

Islam family said...

Hey guys! We are all happy to hear you're having fun! Sophie's grown alot since we last saw her. We can't wait till you get back!
Love,
Tahsin, Zara, Rupa and Jumana