CHENGDU, CHINA - September 11: Artifact displayed in Jinsha site museum on September 11, 2010 in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China. (Photo by Lucas Schifres/Getty Images)

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Jinsha Site Museum


In 2001 archaeologists made a historic discovery in Chengdu’s western suburbs: they unearthed a major site containing ruins of the 3000-year-old Shu kingdom. This excellent, expansive museum includes the excavation site and beautiful displays of many of the uncovered objects, which were created between 1200 and 600 BC.

The 6000 or so relics here include both functional and decorative items, from pottery and tools to jade artefacts, stone carvings and ornate gold masks. A large number of elephant tusks were also unearthed here.

Use exit C of the Jinsha Site Museum station on metro line 7; the ticket office is about 400m north.

An audio guide (in English) is ¥10 with a ¥200 deposit.

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