Today I went with Zhang Rui to the Beijing National Museum. We only got through the Ancient China Gallery, the Revolution Gallery, and the Chinese Pottery Gallery in the seven hours we were there. China's history is amazing in terms how far back certain motifs like the dragon and the Phoenix go back.
I am fascinated by the female historical figure Fu Huo, who was a queen and military general during the Shang Dynasty. Her tomb dates to 1200 BCE. Most of the most famous bronze artifacts of that period come from her tomb.