Three Gorges Museum
Across the square from the Great Hall of the People stands this imposing museum which houses a mish-mash of artifacts from Chongqing Municipality and exhibits explaining the area’s history. It also serves a repository for cultural relics that would be destroyed when the water levels rise for the Three Gorges Dam, including a 30 ton rock carving from a riverside cliff. In addition to the usual collection of ancient items that are to be found at museums throughout China, there are also exhibits on the construction of the Three Gorges Dam and a display about Chongqing in the war against Japan. The Three Gorges Museum is fairly well-presented and great value given that it’s free. Allow at least a couple of hours – you could spend a full day in there.
Admission: Free. Open: Tues-Sun 8:30-17:00.
Directions: The Three Gorges Museum is on Renmin Lu by People’s Square. From Zengjiayan monorail station take Exit A, walk through the long tunnel and you’ll be deposited into the People’s Square area.
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去三峡博物馆, 谢谢。 (Please take me to the Three Gorges Museum. Thank you.)