Jinsha Site Museum
The sprawling Jinsha Site Museum features a ho-hum excavation site and a very impressive, modern museum. It’s an interesting place to visit, though perhaps not quite worth the effort it takes to get there, or the (comparatively) steep admission fee. The site houses relics unearthed from the Shu Kingdom which dates back some 3000 years. The Site-Exhibit Hall gives you an up-close look at the ongoing excavation with walkways zig-zagging through the site. Somehow, however, it doesn’t quite give the ancient atmosphere you might expect.
On the other hand, the museum proper, which is housed in another massive hall is truly wonderful. It has the usual array of jade, gold, bronze and ivory artifacts that you’ll see at other museums in China, but they are beautifully presented and many of the relics are stunning. There is also very good information about the Shu Kingdom and what life was like in that era.
Currently, the Jinsha Site Museum is worth visiting if you have the time or a special interest. But once the subway station opens nearby and makes it easier to reach, it will definitely be worth a look.
Admission: ¥80. Open: 8:00-18:00.
Address: #2 Jinbo Lu (north gate). Tel: +86 (028) 8730 3522. Website: www.jinshasitemuseum.com
Directions: The Jinsha Site Museum is located in Chengdu’s west between the 2nd and 3rd Ring Roads. Take Bus #5 (southbound) from Dongchengen Jie. It stops several times along this street including a stop near Ping’An Xiang. You can also catch this bus on Shaocheng Lu across the road from People’s Park. Get off at the Qingyangdadaobeilu stop which deposits you at the east gate of the Jinsha Site Museum. The trip takes about 40 minutes. A taxi there will cost about ¥35 from the center.
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去金沙遗址博物馆, 谢谢。