Wandering the cavernous halls of the provincial museum will take you deep into the multilayered realms of Chinese history, with most exhibits focusing on archaeological excavations that date as far back as the Shang dynasty (1600–1046 BC). As fascinating as the trove of funeral figurines, jade burial suits and bronze vessels are, however, the real star is the Quyang Stone Carvings collection, which features masterful ancient statuary – mostly Buddhist – carved from Héběi's Quyuan marble.

The museum is divided in two: the old building (the Zhongshan Donglu side) houses temporary exhibits; the new building houses the permanent collection.

Make sure you bring your passport, as it's required for entry.