Good grief. I went to the Historical Museum finally. It was my worst museum experience ever.
The place is outdated. The crowds are too large and it is unsafe. There is very bad ventilation and rooms smell of unwashed bodies. especially when you are close to large groups from guess which country.
And those guys... Oh my god, they kept on pushing us away from displays, one woman ran over my shoes and feet because she wanted to take a picture of an artifact close to me, some Italian guy tried to make way to a display and the crowd of mainlanders pushed him away, he started sewaring at them, the guide just said ting bu dong and dont pay attention to those weiguoren, they are weird, always so angry. Koreans werent much better, also very loud and very pushy. Who yells at a museum and why. I also got a lot of hostile looks from tour guides. I dont know why but they kept on looking at me with anger and would stop speaking in the middle of the sentence.
That was bizzarre. The worst museum experience ever.
But the collections were nice. Of course there was not enough and things were placed in a very chaotic way to put it mildly, but I am glad that I was bale to finally see some ancient real art from China. Not a single mainland museum compares to what they have on show here, so no wonder all the crowds flock to see and behave like they own the place. Which is weird because they are mainly elder people who smashed and burned what was left home. Didnt they get the memo from Chairman Mao that old art is just evil?