| Sanxingdui Museum
The unique Sanxingdui Museum is located in the northeast of the Sanxingdui
remains, near the Duck River. It is a museum equipped with modern
facilities. Covering 200,000 square meters, the total investment has
reached over 30 million yuan.
The building of the museum was discussed in April 1988. The design
was examined and approved in March 1990. The foundation stone was
laid in August 1992. The main project was finished in June 1994.
"Ancient Kingdom and Ancient Shu" was deliberated in January
1995. The projects, such as decoration, garden construction, exhibition
distribution and necessary installation were started in August 1996.
The museum was formally opened to public in October 1997.
The whole design of the museum is simple, but with a solemn style.
The flame is peculiar. The main object is a deformed spiral. It
has the poetic charm with historical, geographical features and
cultural art. It fully shows the broadness and profundity of Sanxingdui
The winding spiral-shaped curved line rises step by step. It means
the development of society: from primitive to civilized; from inferior
to advanced. It tells the surging and winding course of history.
The mound-shaped architectural complex seems to come out from the
earth abruptly. It symbolizes the local culture. It tells people
this is the source of Shu culture, the source of the Yangtze River
civilization. The winding arc-shaped architecture directly expresses
the profound nature of these mounds.
On top of the architecture, there's a triangular tower symbolizing
the connection of heaven and earth, as well as the gods and human
beings. The civilization of ancient Shu is spread to all parts of
China and the whole world.
The three large bronze masks were hung high on top of the tower.
They are the symbols of Sanxingdui Museum, shining upon the farsighted
Shu people. Shu people welcome the guests coming from every part
of the world.
The Cultural Display of Ancient City, Ancient Kingdom, Ancient
Shu in Sanxingdui Museum has a rich content and unique form. It
is considered as one of the ten most valuable cultural relic displays
The halls in the museum cover about 3,000 square meters. The cultural
relics are the nucleus of the display, running through the whole
hall. The relics with more than 1,000 patterns, jades, gold, bronzes
from sacrificial pits of Shang Dynasty are on show fully.
In the forward hall, there are man-face and bird-body bronze sculpture.
The first feeling you'll have is the people of Shu wanted to fly
into heaven like hawks (especially large birds) beyond reality.
The sacred bird expresses that everything has a soul. The heaven,
the human being is in perfect harmony.
The first hall is composed of "three stars accompanying the
moon", the splendid civilization of ancient Shu. Cultural relics
showed in this hall systemically represent the excellent achievements
in every field in its long history.
The second hall contains symbols of all kinds of gods reflecting
the mysterious and primitive religion. Cultural relics showed in
this hall tell people about the political structure and social relations
of ancient Shu, as well as the idea of ancient people.
The third hall is composed of "forever the soul of Shu",
the special cream of relics. Here are shown over 10 groups of national
treasures with historical and artistic value.
The fourth hall with the scheme of "forever Sanxingdui"
shows off the excavations and studies of Sanxingdui. It introduces
the industrious work of generations of experts both at home and
abroad in the past 50 years. It represents the great effect of Sanxingdui
and the important role it plays in academic circles.
The designs of Sanxingdui Museum have many architectural breakthroughs.
Modern technologies (sound, light, and electricity) are used to
show the charm of the ancient site. The displays also provide foreigners
with information about the history of China.
The surroundings of the Sanxingdui Museum are beautiful and elegant.
There are green grasslands, bright lakes, unique hills, and beautiful