After the Qin Dynasty was established as a unified country more than 2,200 years,the system of prefectures and counties was introduced and currencies, characters and weights and measures were unified, casting far-reaching influence on the politics, history and culture of China. However, the short-lived Qin Dynasty has left us quite a few questions since the written records about the dynasty are vague. In 2002, more than 38,000 Qin slips were found at the Liye, a small town of Longshan County, in the Wuling Mountain of Hunan Province,enabling us togain a relatively complete understanding of the system, culture and life of the Qin Dynasty.

The exhibition displays 175 pieces (sets) of Qin slips from the collection of Hunan Institute of Archaeology and Liye Qin Slips Museum, of which over 40 are on show for the first time.The Qin slips are displayed together with the 35 pieces (sets) of Qin dynasty artefacts collected at the National Museum of China, aiming to show the urban features, life andcounty administration system of the Qin Dynasty andunveil the actual situation of the implementation of the centralized political system during the Qin Dynasty.