From September 24 to 27, 2017, thedelegation from Beijing Auto Museumwent to Lyon, France for the2ndSino-French Cultural Forum. At the“the role of museums in regional attraction” sub-forum, the director of Beijing Auto Museum, Yang Rui, gave a speech entitled Improving Regional Attraction of Museums with Automobiles.RepresentingChinese museums, Yang conducteddiscussions and exchanges based on the car culture with VIPs from the French museum sector. From the angle of the multicultural integration that is characteristic of Beijing Auto Museum, Yang told a story of China while sharing concepts and management methods ofBeijing Auto Museum, thus spreading the voice of China on an international platform.
While sharing about the cart-and-horse culture of ancient China, Yang spokeabout Chinese contributions to history and the spirit of traditional Chinese culture hostedby such contributions. By telling the story of a car retracing an old route along the Silk Road, she discussed the creativity and friendship of the Chinese and French. In dialogue and exchanges between the attending Chinese and French museums, she spokeabout the integration of the car cultures of these two nations. Through multicultural events held by these museums, she related the story of how dialogues and exchanges have been promoted between China and France, their cities, and their people. In addition, she expounds onthe ways of China and France are working together to make progress toward the beautiful and far-sightedgoal of integrating people, cars, and society via the One Belt One Road Initiative.
Here, we offer a look at Yang's speech, Improving Regional Attraction of Museums with Automobiles.
The car has been the response to humankind's dream of transportation since ancient times, andBeijing Auto Museum is the carrier of history and legacy.
China is one of the countries to have first invented and made use of the wheel. It is said that 5,000 years ago, the Yellow Emperor invented wheeled vehicles in China, who is also known as “Xuan-yuan Yellow Emperor”. Xuan in Chinese means an ancient curtained carriage with a higher top in the front; Yuan, the longitudinal component of the vehicle, refers to the two front poles that harness the animal. Legend has it that while the Yellow Emperor was in battle against his adversary Chi You, the latter caused the rise of a great fog so as to confuse the Yellow Emperor's forces. However, since the Yellow Emperor had invented the south-pointing chariot, which served as a compass, his forces did not lose their sense of direction and were able to claim the victory. Later developments to the south-pointing chariot led to the invention of the drum carriage: With two wooden figures inside the carriage, a drum within would be beaten once for eachli (about 0.5 km) of distance that had been covered. These two types of vehicles were always part of the Emperor's processions, and they were also used for drawing maps and measuring the area of land.