It’s a marvelous palace, but not for emperors; instead it was created by an 86-year-old woman from Jiangxi province and filled with an amazing collection of Chinese porcelain treasures.
What’s more jaw-dropping about this structure in Jingdezhen — China’s “Porcelain Capital” — is that the old woman, named Yu Ermei, designed the palace all by herself. She even managed to raise five million yuan to hire and pay the workers to complete the masterpiece in five years.
Yu started to learn about pottery when she was 12 years old and had worked in the industry for decades before becoming a master and starting her own business.
Yu told reporters that in her fifties, she had already had the idea of building a museum and housing her porcelain collections inside. She didn’t even begin the project until she was 80. Since there are so many museums in China already, Yu decided to call her building the “Porcelain Palace” instead.
The gate of the palace is decorated by colorful porcelain shards and a sign hanging above the gate reads: “A thousand years of porcelain and 10 thousand years of collections.”
There are quite a few porcelain artworks from all over the world displayed inside the palace, making it a veritable museum.
Yu said that she designed her palace with the tulou in mind, the unique circular buildings found in Fujian province. There are a total of three floors.
Even the building next door has been decorated.
She says that already many tourists have visited the “Porcelain Palace” as its reputation spreads.
Meanwhile, work is underway on a second “Porcelain Palace,” said to be opening in October.
By Sophie Wang
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