By Staff Reporter 9:10 pm PST

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City is home to the finest collection of Chinese masterpieces of any museum outside of China and Taiwan. Unlike any other culture, Chinese arts transform China’s traditions, philosophy, government, economy, and people’s livelihood throughout 5,000 years.

The video is part of GREAT MUSEUMS of the WORLD series. One of the most astonishing things about China is how little most Americans actually know about it, even though China’s culture is so present in our western world. We often see China as a nation casting off tradition in a mad rush to westernize.  “I’m hoping that when people come in here to see the museum, they would come away not only saying ‘oh, I’ve seen so many splendid, spectacular works of art,’ ” says Jason Sun, associate curator in the Department of Asian Art, “but they really will learn about the culture, the people behind all these works of art. They really will learn about China.”