Construction on a museum featuring the history of
Zhuang nationality, China's largest ethnic group, recently
commenced in this capital city of south China's Guangxi
Zhuang Autonomous Region, sources with the museum said here
The new museum covers an area of 8.6 hectares including a floor
space of 30,000 square meters, which is believed to be the largest
cultural facility for the Zhuang ethnic group since new China was
founded in 1949, said Qin Pu, the museum's curator.
The museum is divided into five parts including exhibition
halls, an open-air exhibition center and a cultural relics research
center. The project is to cost 250 million yuan (US$31.25 million)
to build and is expected to open to visitors in 2008.
"Visitors to the museum will not only get to know the life
style, customs and history of the Zhuang nationality, but also
enjoy demonstrations of unique cultural customs of Southeast Asia
countries," said the curator.
"We have a responsibility to protect our ethic culture and
tradition by building this museum" Qin said.
The Zhuang nationality, with a population of 15.4 million, is
China's largest ethnic group. Some 11 million people of Zhuang
nationality live in Guangxi and the rest live in Yunnan,
Guangdong, Guizhou and Hunan provinces.
(Xinhua News Agency March 9, 2006)