Gansu Provincial Museum

Gansu Provincial Museum

Located at Qilihe district, Lanzhou city of Gansu Province, Gansu Provincial Museum is a comprehensive museum with a relatively large scale. The museum presents people the specimens of ancient animal fossils in the cretaceous period and the colored pottery culture in the Neolithic Age, bronze wares, ceramics, and jades since Shang and Zhou Dynasties, historical relics on the Silk Road since Han and Tang Dynasties, as well as porcelains, wood carvings, silk fabrics and paintings during Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Gansu is said to be the birthplace of Fu Xi, the God of Fishery and Husbandry, and Nv Wa, the humane primogenitor of Chinese nation, as well as one of the important origins of the Chinese nation. In addition, as part of the ancient Silk Road, Gansu is listed as a national cultural relics province due to its special geographical condition and well-established historical and cultural relics. These natural conditions offer Gansu Provincial Museum the chance to collect over 350,000 historical relics and specimens of ancient animal fossils.

Layout: In 2006, the new exhibition building was built in Gansu Provincial Museum and it covers an area of 28,000 square meters. It is a intellectualized building combining the offices, the warehouse of relics and the exhibition zone. After the overhaul to the museum, it offers three permanent theme exhibition halls: the Gansu colored pottery exhibition hall, the Gansu Silk Road civilization exhibition hall and the Gansu ancient animal fossils exhibition hall.
What to See/Do: The bronze statue of a Horse Stepping on a Swallow in the Eastern Han Dynasty and The Postman Painting (Yishitu) on a brick during the Wei and Jin Period has been separately regarded as the symbols of the national tourism and the post and telecommunication industry. The Yellow River ancient elephant fossil is the largest ancient elephant fossil in China till now, as well as the best prepared fossil of stegodon skeleton.In addition, there is an ancient animal fossil of Mamenchisaurus, the largest sauropod dinosaur discovered in Asia till now, which is world–renowned.
Duration: 2 hours
Admission: By holding an ID card or passport, it is free for visiting; the museum offers 1,200 free tickets in the morning and 800 free tickets in the afternoon. Only 2,000 people are allowed to visit it on a single day.
Website: http://www.gansumuseum.com/vm_bwg_en1/index.aspx
Address: No. 3 Xijin xilu,Qilihe District, Lanzhou City, Gansu Province.
Opening time: 09:00 – 17:00 from Tuesday to Sunday. It is closed on Monday like most of the museums in China.
Public transport: Take bus No. 1, 18, 31, 50, 53, 58, 77, 106, 129, 136 and 137, and get off at Qilihe Brige Station. Or take a taxi from Lanzhou downtown at about 20 to 30RMB.

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