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“Stunning Artistry - So Sophisticated Yet 4000 years old”

Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

This site has some of the most interesting finds on any continent. The Shu culture had incredible skill at working bronze, and to a lesser extent gold and jade. Some of the bronze work looks like art deco and the sophistication of the designs is amazing. We often found it difficult to think of this being done between 1500-2000 BCE.

The Comprehensive Gallery gives a good overview of the culture and location of Sanxingdui, as well as the range of artisan work that has been found. Some unique pottery forms, beautiful jade work, and the signature high quality bronzes are stunning. The Bronze Gallery is just a triumph of beautiful work and provides interpretation of the figures you see in the artwork. If you go to this site, we strongly recommend you rent the automatic guide. It is certainly worth the $2-3 charged. Commentary is very good, providing insight that is more than the signage.

We have visited archeological sites on four continents and this is certainly in the top ten. It isn't easy to get to Sanxingdui (we took bus), but we found it easy to get a taxi back to Chengdu for about 200RMB ($33). Whatever it takes, it is worth the trip.

4  Thank ed-TO
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

The museum is built in a vaste beautiful park where one can stroll, have pic nic etc The Museum houses a collection of relics of the Shang Dynasty (16th-11th century BC). except the invaluable pieces made out of bronze, jade, bone and gold there are a number of masks archaeologists still search their origin.

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Reviewed June 26, 2012

This msueum is five star and definitely worth theexcursion fromChengdu. It displays magnificently the artifacts from this ancien tculture that were excavated in the area. The bronze religious masks are exceptional. We are talking about a civilizatoin from way before the common era. You will be fascinated by the extent of the knowledge that existed at the time these people inhabited China so many, many years ago. After seeing this you definitely must visit the Jinsha Museum in Chengdu itself as it is probably the site where the Sanxingdui people moved after unexplainably leaving this area of their habitation. The Sanxingdui museum is extremely modern and attractive with beautiful gardens around it. The museum has an excellent restaurant located within the facility and a very fine gift shop.

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Reviewed May 21, 2012

When you are lead on a tour through most museums the guides are very knowledgeable and tell you everything you need to know. Sanxingdui Museum is different. The guides are very open about not knowing much about the Shu civilization unearthed in this archeological find. They have little information about where these people came from during the 12th century BC or where they went. The artifacts in this 4 building museum on beautiful manicured grounds are well worth the visit. Beautiful masks and everday living artifacts are attractively displayed. The museum is about a 30 minute ride from Chengdu. The ride through the rural countryside is also an eye-opener for people visiting only major cities in China. The displayed masks resemble to a great extent the masks of Incans and Mayans. One can only wonder if the Shu poplulation somehow relocated actoss the ocean to Mexico and South America,

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Reviewed February 14, 2012

If you have an interest in ancient Chinese culture and spectacular archaeological discoveries, Sanxingdui is a must. Discoveries at this site made the re-writing of Chinese history necessary as this style of bronze artifacts had been previously unknown. The museum displays these remarkable bronzes as well as jades and some gold objects. The site is extensive and half a day can be allocated for a visit if you are super-interested. The museum has audio guides which enchance the visit and make the significance of the finds understandable.

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