China National Silk Museum

The world’s largest museum about silk is right here in Hangzhou. Over the space of several exhibition halls you will learn about the history of silk in China and how it spread to the rest of the world via the Silk Road. You’ll then be shown old silk relics from through the dynasties and some traditional uses for silk. Finally you’ll learn about the process of making silk. And, of course, at the end, you’ll be encouraged to buy some. This is a high quality museum – if you’re going to visit any museums in Hangzhou, this one is your best bet.

Admission: Free. Open: 8:30-16:30.

Address: 73 Yuhuangshan Lu. Tel: +86 (0571) 8706 2129. Website:

Directions: The China National Silk Museum is at the foot of Jade Emperor Hill. Show a taxi driver the Chinese above or take tourist Bus Y3 from Nanshan Lu where it meets Yuhuangshan Lu.

Show the taxi driver: 请带我去中国丝绸博物馆,谢谢。 (Please take me to the China National Silk Museum. Thank you.)