Banpo was an agricultural community with millet its main staple, but hunting and fishing had been an important part of their life, too.
I was very excited about this site and was not disappointed at all. Although excavated in the 1950s the museum site was well laid out with sections of the moat, the kiln area, the houses (postholes) and some skeletons from the cemetery, all exhibited under a huge roofed area.
Here is the entrance area ot the museum, seen from the inside:
And a fountain showing a Banpo woman fetching water:
Typical vessel ornaments are black decorations in the form of fish or antropomorphic heads combinded with fish:
But there are also simpler vessels for cooking like this coarsely tempered pointed one:
And a glimpse of their burial rites. Most burials were rich in grave goods, although some carelessly thrown in bodies also appear. A single burial:
There were even English descriptions (I am glad the little girl enjoyed her coffin uniquely):
The visit had its drawbacks though. In my blissfull strolling through the exhibition I was totally oblivious of modern things like stairs etc. which had the unwelcome consequence that I fell down a couple of steps, badly squeezed my ribs, ruined my face (luckily they are quite often wearing face masks in China, so I went unnoticed), broke my camera, and was completely covered in dust and loess. The loess part was quite interesting.
Anyway, they had books in English at the museum, so I was happy :)
On our way back we stopped at the 'Big Wild Goose Pagoda', a Tang Dynasty (7th century AD) Bhuddist pagoda:
Originally built with 5 stories, it was topped up to 10 stories during the Ming Dynasty, but an earthquake reduced it again to the now visible 7 stories:
And this is just for the beauty of it and to celebrate a splendid day in Xi'an: