On August 16, we visited some traditional museums in Hangzhou to know more about the ancient city. It was really a worthwhile and informative trip in the hot summer afternoon.
Firstly, we arrived at China Knife, Scissor and Sword Museum. It is renovated from a warehouse for local specialty located on the bank of Grand Canal. There is an old saying,” One blade makes a knife, two blades make a sword and two crossed a pair of scissor” which briefly states the relationship among them. With an area of 2460 sq.m, it consists of two exhibition halls, the Knife and Sword and The story of Scissor. The museum was open to public in 2009. As to the hall, the Knife and Sword, you will not only get to know the history and its development of knife and sword in ancient China, but also you will have the chance to see 5 main famous blades in the world. In the second hall, the Story of Scissor, it is very close to our daily life. You will see various kinds of scissors and its customs. Besides, there are also the workshop and store which present us the traditional handicraft.
After that, we visited the China Umbrella Museum which was close to Chinese Knife, Scissor and Sword Museum. It covers an area of 2411 sq.m. In the South of Yangtze River, the umbrella is a typical sigh of culture of the South of Yangtze River. The museum presents us a comprehensive exhibition of its culture, history, anecdotes, arts and craftsmanship. It was open to public in 2009 as well. The entrance of the museum is very impressive which gives us a poetry atmosphere of Yangtze River Delta.
Finally, we crossed server streets and arrived at China Fan Museum. With an area of 2623 sq.m, it is the only fan-themed museum which was renovated from Hangzhou No.1 Cotton Factory. Fan has a quite long history in China. As early as South Song Dynasty, fan of Hangzhou was well-known as the TOP 5 specialty in Hangzhou. It was open to public in 2009. The museum is a two-storey building. In the museum, you will get to know the origin and the evolution of China Fan as well as its splendid culture, but also the special craftsmanship.
In ancient China, the exquisite knife, sword and fan are the good choices for presents. However, scissor and umbrella are widely used in daily life and are not fit for the presents.