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From May 27 through November 1, 1933, Chicago put on the famous World’s Fair, which was titled “A Century of Progress,” to celebrate its centennial. The city collaborated with a number of foreign nations to put on the exhibition, and for the month of October, the focus was on a number of artifacts and exhibits from China. The most prominent exhibit was a replica of the Buddhist Lama Temple of Jehol that was located at 16th street. There was also an exhibit featuring the Peking man, whose body had been preserved in a bog for nearly 500,000 years. Other items on display included rugs, embroideries, furs, a replica of a Chinese walled village, and objects made of porcelain, lacquer, silk, and ivory. The city also provided entertainment in the form of interpretive dance and acrobatics.

The Chinese Village. (1933). Official Guide Book of the Fair, p. 93.  Retrieved from

The Chinese Exhibits at Chicago's Century of Progress Exposition, 1933-34. (n.d.) Chinese-American Museum of Chicago. Retrieved from

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