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Zigong Museum of Dinosaur
Located at No.238, Dashanpu Township in the northeastern suburbs of Zigong City, Sichuan Province, Zigong Dinosaur Museum (Sichuan) is a museum of their remains in Zigong City, Sichuan Province as well as China’s first modern professional dinosaur museum, consisting of species in 3 classes, 11 items and 15 families. With the construction commenced in April 1984 on Dashanpu Dinosaur Fossil Group Remains, it was completed and opened to the public on January 15, 1987, with a floor area of 70,000 square meters. In 1991, Dashanpu Dinosaur Fossil Group Remains became a unit enjoying protection for cultural relics in Sichuan Province. In 2002, it became a national geopark.
Dinosaur Museum in Zigong

Established in the noted site of dinosaur fossils, Da Shanpu, Dinosaur Museum in Zigong is about 11 kilometers (about 7 miles) from the center of Zigong City. It covers 25,000 square meters (about 17 acres), which makes it the biggest in southeast China. It enjoys the same excellent reputation as the American National and Canadian Dinosaur Parks, presently affording a large-scale preserved dinosaur fossil burial site. The museum holds affiliated buildings, a green belt and halls which include a fossil burial hall, central hall, conference room, dinosaur ecological environment hall, and so on. Since the opening in 1987, it has enjoyed a top reputation with its unique architectural style, magnificent burial site, life-like exhibits and elegant environment. With two floors and a basement, the huge rock cave-like museum exhibits dinosaur fossils, dinosaur site, plants and animals in the age of dinosaur, and rare species of dinosaurs. The contents of the museum can be categorized into three parts. The first part concentrates on the evolution of dinosaurs and species, from which we have gained a general understanding of this ancient giant. The second part houses many dinosaur fossils exhibited in the tall and spacious shelf hall, including a couple of whole dinosaur skeleton fossils, the most striking of which is the Tianfuensis. It has an imposing body and long tail, about 20 meters (about 66 feet) long, dwarfing other dinosaurs beside it. Other fossils are of animals that lived on meat or plants, as well as those that could swim or fly. The third part-- the burial site of dinosaurs -- is the excavation that holds numerous ancient vertebrate animal fossils, mainly those of dinosaurs who lived about 160 million years ago. The site is regarded as the epitome of dinosaur tombs. Passing through the museum, you will enjoy its mysterious ambience taking you to the world of more than 100 million years ago. Tips: The two-star Tanmu Lin Hotel with its ancient style and the three-star San Wan Hotel in the center of Zigong City are convenient. Trains connect Zigong City with Chengdu or Chongqing via Neijiang. Souvenir specialties include Zhu Si Tuan Shan (bamboo fans) and Zigong paper-cuts. Transportation: Take buses from Wuguiqiao Bus Station (near Tazishan Park), North Gate Bus Station, Airport Bus Station or Xinnanmen Bus Station in Chengdu to Zigong first. Then take bus no. 7, 15, 35 or 306, and get off at Kong Long Guan (Dinosaur Museum) Station.

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Overview It covers an area of 66,000 square meters and is built on the renowned “Dashanpu Dinosaur Fossil Coenosis Relics”. The fossils and specimens cover the types of known dinosaur existing at the Jurassic Period, 205 million to 135 million years ago. It is the museum which collects and displays the most dinosaur fossil of the Jurrasic Period. Features It is the first museum specific for dinosaur and one of the largest museums of dinosaur relics. Items on Display There are mainly three parts. In the first part, what is introduced is the basic knowledge about dinosaur, such as organic evolution, fossil, geologic era, the evolution and classification of dinosaur and so on. In the second part, various types of dinosaur fossils are displayed. In the third part, the bury relics of dinosaur are exhibited, showing the unearthing site of a big area. Opening Time 08:30 – 17:30 Location It is in the northeast of Zigong City, nine kilometers away from city center. (Zigong City is about 200 km both from Chengdu and Chongqing Cities, and 67 km from Yibin Airport.)

Zigong Dinosaur Museum

The Zigong Dinosaur Museum is located in Dashanpu at Zigong City, on the banks of a river that flows through the western-China province of Sichuan. It is China's first museum located at the actual burial site of dinosaurs and it covers 25,000 square meters. 'Sichuan's dinosaurs are numerous and one finds a veritable nest of them at Zigong.' Zigong is a famous city for salt production, but it is also an important dinosaur fossil region in China. As a famous saying goes, one finds a veritable nest of dinosaurs at Zigong. There are more than forty locations within the city at which dinosaur fossils from different eras have been found. A very considerable amount of fossilized dinosaurs has been excavated here and other vertebrate fossils have been found as well at the same sites. The concentration of buried fossil remains at Zigong is greatest at Dashanpu. A great quantity and diversity of types is found here, including specimens that are quite rare and relatively well preserved. This place is eleven kilometers to the northeast of Zigong City. It was discovered in 1972. The fossils are in a sandy layer of the Meso-Jurassic period, from around 160,000,000 years ago. In an area of around 3,000 square meters, more than 100 individual dinosaurs have been excavated, among which some thirty are complete or relatively complete dinosaur skeletons. Especially valuable is a group of dinosaur skulls. At present, only around twenty percent of excavated dinosaurs in the world belong to the Jurassic period, and most of these are from the late Jurassic, lacking the early and middle stages that show how dinosaurs evolved. At Zigong, especially at Dashanpu, the fossils come mostly from the early and middle periods, so that this provides extremely valuable material.

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1 The Zigong Dinosaur Museum is located near the city of Zigong, Sichuan, China, in the township of Dashanpu.

2 The Zigong Dinosaur Museum, located in Zigong City, is one of the world's three largest dinosaur museums and the first specialized dinosaur museum in China.

3 The city has a museum dedicated to the history of the region’s salt production, but it has become famous for its Zigong Dinosaur Museum, just to the northeast at Dashanpu.