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Top 10 exhibitions in China

Updated: Dec 19, 2019 By Zhu Linyong chinadaily.com.cn Print
The photo on the left is a piece of oracle bone written with jiaguwen, the earliest known form of Chinese writing that dates back 3,000 years, while the photo on the right is a jiaguwen meme, meaning "add oil". [Photo/Xinhua]

6. Grand showcase of oracle bone scripts

The National Museum of China (Oct 22-Dec 22)

Jiaguwen, or the oracle bone inscriptions, are the earliest known form of Chinese writing that dates back 3,000 years.

Ancient as the character is, it has gained traction among Chinese netizens thanks to a bunch of colorful, creative Jiaguwen memes that are widely used on China's largest social media platform WeChat.

As 2019 marks the 120th anniversary of the discovery of Jiaguwen in Central China's Anyang city, the Beijing museum put together more than 190 oracle bones, a raft of archaic bronze artifacts, pottery works, and carved jade pieces, showcasing the history of the Shang (c.16th century-11th century BC) and Zhou (c.11th century-256 BC) dynasties.

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