Thursday, September 5, 2013

2 of world's most visited museums are in China

Surprisingly, the Forbidden City is not on list of world's most-visited museums.
Two museums in Beijing get enough visitors every year to place them in the top 20 of the world's most visited museums, according to a report on museum attendance from Themed Entertainment Attractions.

A summary article, published on CNN, lists the Louvre in Paris as the world's most visited museum, with 9.5 million visitors in 2012. Coming in at No. 14 was the National Museum of China, located on Tiananmen Square. The museum,  opened in 2003, combines the National Museum of Chinese History and the National Museum of the Chinese Revolution.  No. 19 was the Geological Museum of China, which turns 100 years old in 2016.

I was surprised the Forbidden City, which gets as many as 20,000 visitors a day (more on holidays) wasn't on the list. Also missing was the Great Wall of China, the world's longest outdoor museum. There must have been a good reason for this, like maybe they didn't keep proper records. If you've ever been to the Palace Museum, as the Forbidden City is officially known, you'd quickly put them on this list.

No. 12 on the list was the National Palace Museum in Taiwan, which contains the possessions of PuYi, the toddler who was China's last emperor.

Are you going to China?

If a trip to China is in your travel plans, check out Cheryl's China, my website that is filled with tips and suggestions for your travel to the Middle Kingdom.

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