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Virtual China – Visiting Attractions, Museums, and Galleries Online

With China still in stages of Corona lockdown, and many other countries likewise, what to do? Travel is completely out for the time being and social distancing, staying at home while doctors heal the infected and scientists search for the cure is the state of play. So, chin-up and let’s go virtual touring.

The National Museum of China
The National Museum of China (Beijing) offers virtual tours of two exhibitions, Resplendance of the Tanbg Dynasty and Sunken Silver.
The Palace Museum (Forbidden City)
The Palace Museum offers fifteen virtual galleries and tours of their collections along with a virtual tour of the Garden of Compassion and Tranquility. Amazingly, I suggest people who have been to the Forbidden City have probably not even seen much of these.
Palace Museum: The Journey Back Home
The Palace Museum offers a virtual tour of the new “The Journey Back Home: An Exhibition of Chinese Artifacts Repatriated from Italy”.
The Panoramic Palace Museum
An architectural virtual tour of the Palace Museum (Forbidden City). Whilst Chinese language only, it’s simple to navigate and explore, taking in the sights created from nearly 1000 photographs.
Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum
Explore Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s mausoleum and the Terracotta Warriors
Shanghai Museum
Showcasing highlights of their collection of ancient Chinese arts and crafts with hi-res interactive imagery.
Mogao Caves – Digital Dunhuang
Showcasing highlights of their collection of ancient Chinese arts and crafts with hi-res interactive imagery.
Zhengzhou Museum
Zhengzhou Museum is an important window focusing on the historical and cultural city of Zhengzhou. Here they present (in Chinese) panoramas of varied sections of the museum including the Ancient Capital display, tracing the birthplace of Chinese civilisation, and more.
China Online Museum
A collection of some of the finest Chinese bronzes, calligraphy, painting, ceramics, jade and carvings from museums across the world.
Virtual Museum of Chinese Minerals
A collection of high quality images of some 300 Chinese minerals. Whilst that might sound boring, actually they are like fascinating artworks.

Google Earth

Google Earth has loads of content, here is one example to get you started.

Explore Hong Kong in 3D with Google Earth
Google Earth has some very cool 3D imagery of Hong Kong including a lot of Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. It’s fun to fly around and perhaps spot all the place you have been or add some places to the bucket list.

Baidu 3D and 360

Head to Baidu Maps and paste in the Chinese name of your favorite destination and you can usually explore 3D imagery and 360 degree panoramas.

Summer Palace
The Summer Palace is a must-see in Beijing and Baidu offers a lot of 360 panoramic imagery to explore.

Chinese Art Galleries and Museums Online at Google Arts & Culture

There are more than 40 museums and galleries listed on Google Arts & Culture featuring high-quality images and stories. Here are a few picks from that

Museum of Ethnic Cultures, Minzu University of China
It is a museum of ethnology specializing in preservation, display and study of ethnic cultural relics of 56 ethnic groups in China. The only gallery showcases over 600 items.
China Intangible Heritage Industry Alliance
A showcase of over 100 items from China’s largest intangible-heritage-themed NGO, the China Intangible Heritage Industry Alliance.
Sichuan Museum
Sichuan museum was built in 1941 and featuring over 50,000 are precious cultural relics. Online they offer virtual tours and gallery.
Hong Kong Museum of Art
The museum has a wonderful collection of local art, many of propbably been there in person at Victoria Harbour, here, you can view 140 selctions from the museum.


More? The list so far is suitable for all inside and outside of China, for those in China with Wechat (APP), Taobao Live, and Bili Bili logins, you will find even more live-streamed virtual tours of major attractions and tourist hot spots.