Xi'an Yaozhou Kiln Ruins

Xi'an Yaozhou Kiln Ruins, Tongchuan: Hours, Address, Xi'an Yaozhou Kiln Ruins Reviews: 4.5/5

Xi'an Yaozhou Kiln Ruins
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Travelingmaven
Chicago, IL292 contributions
Small museum with a BIG story to tell
Jun 2013 • Friends
Around 70 km from Xi'an, this lovely, small, uncrowded museum tells the story of one of the most famous of 6 ancient kilns making pottery and porcelain. We found the exhibits very well-presented, detailing the rise and fall of the kiln from the Tang through to the Yuan Dynasties (more than 800 years!), and the history of celadon ware. The different color glazes and various methods for making the porcelains (incised, impressed, mold-made) are well-documented.

Around the back of the museum are life-size statues showing the various stages of pottery-manufacturing. We were told that visitors could try their hands at making pottery here under the supervision of artists, but when we were there, this area was deserted.

Down the road, for an additional fee of 20 yuan, you can visit the actual excavations of various kilns (#1-9) in use during different dynasties. We had to search to find someone to open the museum, which seems to be very new (still smells of paint) as of mid-June, 2013. Sadly, there is a dearth of English captions in this exhibit.

As an archaeologist, this was extremely fascinating, altho I would think that anyone interested in Chinese ceramics would find these two attractions informative, as well.
Written June 26, 2013
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