As I’ve hinted here and there, there really is some interesting history to this Jinjiang region in Fujian Province, including lots of trade contact with the outside world long, long ago.

The downside of this longstanding local focus on commerce and money-making is that appreciation for the arts and history typically takes a back seat to other concerns.

But maybe that’s starting to change a wee bit, and I think Qingyang may be at the center of this little ‘r’ revolution.

Case in point is the Jinjiang Museum, which focuses mostly on the history, but also the arts and culture, of Jinjiang.

Technically, I suppose, you’re supposed to visit the museum during its regular open hours and not take photographs of the displays, but because one of the museum’s main tour guides is friends with my Wife’s Younger Brother, we managed to skirt both issues not long ago, enjoying an exclusive, picture-taking private tour.

Here is the first set of photos and commentary from our visit; to avoid a single post that’s “too long,” I’m going to divide the museum visit into two or three posts.

A view of the Jinjiang Museum; most museums I’ve visited in China before are very boring structures; this one is not:

The museum’s main entrance:

The museum’s central interior:

An exhibition on the lower floor–the museum paid about 200 young, upcoming artists and calligraphers for contributions to their inaugural display; here are some of their works:

My Wife and her Younger Brother take a break before we head upstairs:

Next time: A first look at some of Jinjiang’s history….