Jinsha Site Museum is built on the Jinsha Site where one of the most important archaeological discoveries of China took place. Everything goes back to 2001, this place was a fantastic discovery and showed many signs of the ancient Shu Kingdom that lived around 3000 years ago. This museum is located in Chengdu, and there are many unearthed gold, jade, bronze, stone, ivory relics in its five exhibit halls.
Jinsha Site Museum, Truly from Ancient Times
The discoveries of the Jinsha Site Museum made it clear that Chengdu has been populated since around 5,000 years ago. It also indicates that Chengdu was a culture, economy, and politics center on the rise after the Sanxingdui civilization decline.
Archaeologists unearthed many valuable objects, mostly from 12th to 7th century BC. One of these ancient relics is the Golden Sun Bird, a thin circle-shaped piece made of nearly pure gold discovered in 2001. Later the city of Chengdu selected the design of Golden Sun Bird as their new logo.
Other than the Golden Sun Bird, there are also many other relics made from gold, jade, ivory, and stone. Almost all of these object are produced by highly skilled craftsmen which demonstrate that this area, has been the capital of ancient Shu kingdom in its flourishing period.
Jinsha Site Museum covers a vast area of around 300,000 square meters and is located between the 2nd and 3rd ring roads near Chengdu city downtown. The enormous size of this place shows that it was a very prosperous area in ancient China.
Jinsha Site Museum Exhibitions
This site museum is primarily divided into Exhibition Hall, Relics Hall, Sun and Immortal Bird Sculpture, Ebony Forest, and Jade Road. By visiting each part of the museum, you can be sure that you will be amazed by the amount of work ancient Chinese had put into there.
If you enter the Jinsha Site Museum from its eastern entrance, you can reach the semicircle shaped Relics Halls. From the moment you are heading toward this part of the museum, you need to be prepared to see something great, the large scale hall where the original excavation took place.
The roads here are paved with wood so you can walk easier in this ancient environment. The atmosphere of this hall can genuinely demonstrate the old community that once lived in the area, and today, we have tens of thousands of their cultural relics. This place also is the largest palace of the pre-Qin era in southwest China. There are also signs of different tombs and more than 70 house foundation found here.
The Exhibition hall consists of five halls that are reasonably arranged within the tall building. The route created between the halls is a logical one which starts from the Exhibition Hall No. 1, and No. 5 and you can visit them all accordingly.
Primitive Homeland, Exhibition Hall No. 1
After the Relics Hall, you can enter the second main spot in Jinsha Site Museum. You need to go to the second floor and find the Exhibition Hall No.1. This place is fascinating, mainly because of the visuals set there to understand daily life during the ancient Shu Kingdom better. There are also sound effects such as birds singing and dogs barking here, to better convey the essence of the scene.
King Palace at a Glance, Exhibition Hall No. 2
When you finished the first Exhibition Hall, it is time to visit the Exhibition No. 2, which the way is clearly shown in the museum. In this part of Jinsha Site Museum, the different aspects of people living 3,000 years ago are shown such as their residences, potteries, tools, jade wares, tombs, to better reflect the talent of the community which used to live here.
Immortal Heaven and Earth, Exhibition Hall No. 3
To reach Exhibition Hall No. 3, you need to go down to the east of the first floor. Here, there is a series of elephant tusks, among the most important relics of Jinsha Site Museum, are on display. This hall has a rather dark light atmosphere which makes it better to also see other relics of jade, bronze, gold, stone, and oracle bone.
Peak of Perfection, Exhibition Hall No. 4
This hall is located in the west of the first floor. This part of the Jinsha Site Museum holds the essence and soul of the museum, Golden Sun Bird. It’s a gold ornament with a 0.02 cm thickness and 12.5 cm diameter, an actual proof for the advancements of the ancient community living here. The inner diameter of this relic is 5.23, and it has four immortal birds flying around the sun with 12 dentate rays in the middle. It has been said that the symbols used on this object can be defined as the respect to the sun, birds, and their pursuit to bright future and harmonious life.
Other than the Golden Sun Bird, there are also over 30 exquisite unearthed objects such as the stone tiger, the bronze human-shaped ware, gold mask, and ten sectioned jade Cong.
Seeking Answers, Exhibition Hall No. 5
Continue to the basement of the first floor, and you will reach this hall in the west. Here you can see and enjoy Sanxingdui culture and the culture of the ancient Shu Kingdom. Finally, you will walk out of this part, with a better knowledge of the Shu Kingdom.
This cinema is located in the first-floor basement. Here you can pay 20 Yuan to watch the 4D movie of “Dreaming Back to Jinsha” that will take you back to 3000 years ago. It is a pleasant experience to better see and feel what you have already seen in the museum.
The Memorial Sculpture of Chinese Cultural Heritage
There is a sculpture here that is a large scale replica of the Golden Sun Bird. It also is the logo of Chengdu and the Symbol of Chinese Cultural Heritage. It is a worthy visit to appreciate the original relic and all its details better. This sculpture is located between the Exhibition Hall and the South Entrance of the museum.
There are the precious old trees that were once buried beneath the ancient riverbed. They were later carbonized after thousands of years. In the Jinsha Site Museum southeastern part, you can see more than 60 precious ebonies.
Located close to the South Entrance of Jinsha Site Museum, the Jade Road that is an exciting view. It is paved with the discovered jade and small pebbles from the area. Walking on this road would make you feel the enormous endeavors the ancient Shu people had carving and mining jades.
Jinsha Site Museum Location, Visiting Hours, Ticket Price
The visit to the museum takes around 2 to 3 hours.
Jinsha Site Museum Address
No. 2, Jinsha Site Road, Qingyang District, Chengdu
Jinsha Site Museum Opening Hours
8:00-18:00 (Close on Monday)
80 Yuan, ticket selling time: 8:00-17:30
4D Cinema, 20 Yuan
Jinsha Site Museum is only five kilometers away from Tianfu Square in the center Chengdu. To reach the museum, these bus numbers 7, 82, 83, 100, 111, 123, 147, 163, 175, 209, 211, 1043, 1123, can be helpful.
Line Metro 7 is situated close to the east and south gates.
Line Metro 4: Cultural Palace Station is just 200 meters from the south gate.
Line Metro 2: There is a station located only 300 meters away from the museum。