The British Museum’s The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army exhibition in London highlighted the public desire for a greater understanding of Chinese history.

The dialogue fostered through cultural exchange remains a key focus of the Museum’s international work in the Far East. Attention is given not just to Chinese civilisation, but to appreciating all world cultures.

British Museum exhibitions in China

The Ancient Olympic Games
Hong Kong Heritage Museum (2 August – 24 November 2008)
The Shanghai Museum, China (1 May – 12 July 2008)

Britain Meets the World 1714–1830
The Palace Museum, Beijing (March – June 2007)

Art and Empire:
Treasures from Assyria in the British Museum
The Shanghai Museum, China (July – October 2006)

Treasures of the World's Cultures
Capital Museum, Beijing (March – June 2006)
Seen by over 300,000 people

Exhibitions and events in London

The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army
British Museum (13 September 2007 – 6 April 2008)
Over 850,000 visitors

Fascination with Nature:
Birds, flowers and insect in Chinese art
British Museum (10 January – 5 August 2008)

Chinese sculpture in the Great Court
British Museum (4 February – 30 November 2008)

Icons of Revolution: Mao badges then and now
British Museum (10 April – 14 September 2008)

China Landscape (Kew at the British Museum)
British Museum (3 May – 27 October 2008)

Chinese New Year
British Museum (Saturday 9 February 2008)
35,000 attended

Extensive programming around China

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