Built in 1959, the National Palace of Ethnic Cultures is located on the west side of the Chang’an Avenue in Beijing. It is one of the ten major buildings in the capital built for the tenth anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The National Palace of Ethnic Cultures is known as “the palace of ethnic cultures”, “the palace of ethnic classics”, and “the home of ethnic groups”. It hosts a collection of over 50,000 cultural relics, over 600,000 volumes of ancient literature, and over 2,600 artistic works, making it one of China’s professional institutions with the most numerous and diverse collections of ethnic minority relics, ancient literature, and artistic works.
Resplendent as stars and constellations, the treasures of China carry the legacy of a great civilization, history, and culture that sustains the spirit of the nation. The 17 masterpieces selected from the collection of the National Palace of Ethnic Cultures epitomize the treasures of the nation, presenting vivid examples of the mutual appreciation and integration of the cultures of China’s various ethnic groups and the renovation of the Chinese culture. They tell the story of the joint creation, development, and consolidation of a unified China, in which all China’s ethnic groups have joined hands to expand vast territories and cultivate a great spirit.
Today, to forge a strong sense of community for the Chinese Nation in the new era, all ethnic groups in China are embracing each other closely like pomegranate seeds and striving with solidarity for common prosperity and development. They are writing a magnificent chapter in which the Chinese nation acts as one to build the Chinese Dream with one heart and a concerted effort.