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Step back in time on Silk Road

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 February, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 February, 2011, 12:00am
 

The ArtScience museum in Singapore opened last week. Young Post was there to visit some of the funky new exhibitions. The museum, at the Marina Bay Sands hotel, looks like a big bunch of bananas. Currently it is hosting three exhibits.

The best is The Silk Road, which is a great adventure for visitors. There's lots to do and see in what seems like time travel into the past.

The exhibition is laid out like a journey from China to Persia (today's Iran). It starts off with three statues of camels, which show you how caravans were once loaded before a long journey. Then visitors pick up a passport to be stamped at each great city on the way, making for a wonderful souvenir.

First up is Xian, where you can learn all about silk. Next comes Turfan and its busy night market where merchants trade skins, spices and exotic fruits. Aromatic oils in clay jars let you smell some of the time's favourite perfumes.

A comfy corner allows guests to catch their breath and cartoon stories that would have been told along the Silk Road. You then reach Samarkand, the city of merchants, and learn how the people of the desert watered their crops.

The exhibit on Baghdad brings to life many of the amazing inventions of the period, like a star clock and a water clock for telling the time. Interactive maps throughout hold a wealth of information. You need lots of time to take it all in.

Even Marco Polo would no doubt be impressed.

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