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Shaanxi History Museum: Traditional Chinese folding fan
A folding fan is a "cool" travel accessory in hot weather as it’s easy to carry and needs no electricity. The Shaanxi History Museum recently rolled out a traditional Chinese folding fan with the motif of the mythical bird luan. The design was inspired by an item in the museum’s collection, a mirror with four gold mythical birds symbolizing happiness and a better life. Against a background color of sapphire blue, the folding fan exudes a graceful and noble charm.

The Shaanxi History Museum launches a traditional Chinese folding fan with the motif of the mythical bird luan. [Photo/Official Tmall shop page of the Shaanxi History Museum]
A mirror with four gold mythical birds dating to the Tang Dynasty (618-907) from the collection of the Shaanxi History Museum [Photo/sxhm.com]

National Museum of China: Umbrella with star motifs
In recent years, the National Museum of China in Beijing has designed a series of practical cultural and creative products, of which an umbrella is the most popular. Its motif with 28 constellations and 1,434 stars is drawn from one of the museums’ artifacts: an astronomy-based stele rubbing from the Song Dynasty (960-1279). What a gorgeous umbrella!

The National Museum of China in Beijing releases an umbrella with an astronomy picture. [Photo/Official Tmall shop page of the National Museum of China]
An astronomy stele rubbing from the Song Dynasty (960-1279) from the collections of the National Museum of China [Photo/chnmuseum.cn]

Shanghai Museum: Luggage tags
Are you preparing for your next wonderful trip? And have you hung a luggage tag on your luggage case? If not, you can check out baggage tags rolled out by the Shanghai Museum. They are designed with four different motifs, including a dragon, the Deities of Blessings, Wealth, and Longevity, a pheasant, and paired birds to wish you a safe journey!

Four baggage tags are designed by the Shanghai Museum. [Photo/ Official Tmall shop page of the Shanghai Museum]

Palace Museum: Portable fan
Want to save some waving effort by using an analogue fan? The Palace Museum in Beijing recently launched a portable fan powered by batteries. It adopts the unique design of window lattices in traditional Chinese architecture and combines the ancient and modern characteristics of Chinese fans. In the center, there is a crane motif that was inspired by a painting in the museum’s collection. What’s more, the tassel of the fan exudes quaint charms and presents the quintessence of Chinese art and culture.

The Palace Museum in Beijing launches a portable fan that combines the ancient and modern characteristics of Chinese fans. [Photos/Official JD shop page of the cultural creative products of the Palace Museum]
The design of the crane in the center of the fan is taken from this painting. [Photo/dpm.org.cn]

National Museum of China: Portable charger
As the portable phone charger is one of our daily necessities, the National Museum of China recently unveiled a multi-functional one that looks like a mini shoulder bag. Its floral motif was taken from an enamel flower vase from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in the museum’s collection. By the way, the charger can also be used as a hand warmer in winter. How unique the design is!

A multi-functional portable charger is available at the online souvenir shop of the National Museum of China. [Photo/Official Tmall shop page of the National Museum of China]
The picture on the portable charger is taken from this enamel flower vase in the collection of the National Museum of China. [Photo/chnmuseum.cn]

Sanxingdui Museum: Bottle openers
Check out a pair of bottle openers rolled out by the Sanxingdui Museum in Southwest China’s Sichuan province! Their ingenious design was inspired by the two formidable bronze masks that are the museum’s star artifacts. The bottle openers are also fridge magnets that can decorate your kitchen.

A pair of bottle openers is launched by the Sanxingdui Museum. [Photo/Official Taobao shop page of the Sanxingdui Museum]
The bottle openers are inspired by the two formidable bronze masks that are the stars of the Sanxingdui Museum collection.[Photo/sxd.cn]

Hunan Museum: key chain pendants
Do you like playing around with DIY gadgets in idle moments? The Hunan Museum has rolled out key chain pendants for mixing and matching! Their design was based on ancient cultural relics in the museum’s collection depicting an elephant, a boar, a civet, and a human figure. Choose one or more to make your own key chain!

The Hunan Museum releases key chain pendants. [Photo/Official Tmall shop page of the Hunan Museum]
A boar-shaped bronze zun and an elephant-shaped bronze zun from the collection of the Hunan Museum are the inspirations of the key chain pendants. [Photos/hnmuseum.com]

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