Chi Le Chuan Museum

10/20/2013

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 I’m not sure if this museum is new, or just one I’d never heard of, but I figured if I hadn’t heard of it before, maybe my lovely readers would like to know too. The information I received is below in Chinese, but I’ll summarize as best I can.
Chi Le Chuan Museum (a subsidiary of the Inner Mongolia Musuem) is located in Baotou City Right Banner inside the border of Salaqi along the Hohhot-Batou highway about 113 km from Hohhot. It has two main exhibit halls of Chi Le Chuan history and life.  Admission is free on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Contact phone number is 888 8935.
喜欢怀旧的朋友明天可以驾车去敕勒川博物馆转转,它位于包头市土右旗的萨拉齐境内,沿呼包高速公路行至约113公里的美岱召附近即到。这里主要有敕勒川历史和敕勒川民俗两大展览,尤其是它的民俗陈列,会把你带进从前回老家过暑假的日子里!
该馆逢二、四、六、日免费开放,隶属内蒙古博物院分院。
咨询电话:8888935

Further explanation about Chi Le Chuan: It’s my understanding that “chi le chuan” is a description of the plains area of this part of Inner Mongolia from a famous poem/song  . (poem/song in the original language below). I’m not going to attempt to translate poetry, but I will put the pin yin by it and tell you that’s it basically a beautiful description of the plains, grasslands, and sky. When I was a student at Nei Da one of our teachers made us memorize it and I’m actually really thankful because it’s one of those things you can reference at a banquet and everyone will think you are really, really wen ming (cultured).

敕勒歌–北朝民歌  chi le ge– bei chao min ge

敕勒川,阴山下   chi le chuan yin shan xia
天似穹庐,笼盖四野。 tian si qiong lu, long gai si ye
天苍苍,野茫茫,tian cang cang, ye mang mang
风吹草低见牛羊。feng chui cao di xian niu yang

So, if you’re looking something to do and get out of town just a bit, this seems like a good option. Leave a comment after you’ve checked it out! (or to correct my Chinese!)

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