8,000 Years of Dragon Culture in China: The Dragon as a National Totem


On April 29th, the Chinese Archaeological Museum opened a special exhibition showcasing exquisite artifacts from 8,000 years of dragon culture in China. This exhibition features 112 dragon-themed artifacts unearthed from over 30 significant sites, with many pieces on public display for the first time. The exhibition involves contributions from 23 archaeological and cultural institutions across the country.

When did the dragon originate? What was its initial form? How has dragon culture been transmitted and transformed over thousands of years? What archaeological evidence of dragons exists today? The exhibition addresses these questions through three thematic sections, using images, videos, and 3D displays to illustrate the origin, development, and evolution of dragon culture in China. It highlights the historical value and contemporary significance of the dragon as a national totem. Additionally, the exhibition includes a display of creative cultural products related to the Chinese dragon.

The exhibition runs until December 31st, with public visiting hours from Wednesday to Sunday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Visitors can reserve tickets up to three days in advance through the China Archaeological Museum’s reservation system.