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Xibaipo Memorial

Xibaipo-- New China Stemming From Here"

Xibaipo is a small village located in Pingshan County, Hebei Province. From May 1948 to March 1949, the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army set up their headquarters in this village. It represents a transitional period of historical significance for the Chinese revolution -- the latter part of the Liberation War (Chinese Civil War). The command post set up in Xibaipo was the last one in rural area before Chairman Mao and the Party’s Central Committee entered Beiping and liberated the whole country.

The Xibaipo Memorial was built to commemorate this revered site. The name Xibaipo is forever engraved on the monument of China's Liberation War and the footstone of the Republic -- New China Stemming From Here.

The Xibaipo Memorial covers a total area of 13,400 sq m with a built-up area of 3,344 sq m. The museum was built in 1977 and opened to the public on May 26, 1978. It is built along a hillside and divided into two levels, structurally characterized by courtyards and surrounding corridors. The exhibitions inside use the most advanced audio and video technologies and demonstrate the historical significance and far-reaching repercussions of Xibaipo.

The memorial, centering on the theme of New China Stemming From Here, has seven features:

1. It arranges the displays in line with the chronological order and special topics, systematically introducing the contributions that the Central Committee of CCP and the Central Labor Committee made for the founding of New China;

2. It represents the lofty spirit of the old generation of revolutionists by displaying their great revolutionary practices;

3. It highlights four displays of the grand Group Relief, the hall for the Three Great Campaigns, the Telegraph Long Corridor, and the Relief Wall of the "Two Musts";

4. It showcases various styles of exhibits and makes reasonable use of the modern technology;

5. It stands out by preserving the unique folk culture and architectural features of Xibaipo;

6. It harmoniously designs the internal environment according to the surroundings;

7. And it gives prominence to being visitor-friendly in the design and display of the exhibition.

"Xibaipo -- New China Stemming From Here" won the Special Prize in the Sixth National Top Ten Museums (2003-2004) competition.

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