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Guanghan Sanxingdui Museum
With groundbreaking held in August 1992, Sanxiangdui Museum was completed in October 1997. It is located in the northeastern corner of Sanxingdui Remains, a unit enjoying key national protection for cultural relics in the bank of the Duck River in the west of Downtown Guanghan, 40km from Chengdu to the south and 26km from Deyang to the north. As a modern special-subject museum in China, it is composed of two exhibition halls with an area of nearly12,000 square meters.
Sanxingdui Museum (Three-Star Piles Museum)

Sanxingdui Museum (Three-Star Piles Museum) is located in Northeast of Three-Star Piles archeological site, west of the famous cultural city of Guanghan, on the bank of Jian River (commonly called Yazi River), 40 kilometers (about 24.9 miles) north of Chengdu City. Covering an exhibition area of 4,000 square meters (nearly 1 acre), and opened in October 1997 this is an archeological museum with excellent modern facilities. The cultural relics preserved here were mostly unearthed from the Three-Star Piles site. Three-Star Piles site is a cultural relic of the ancient Shu (Sichuan). It is an important archeological discovery which changed the people's understanding of ancient history and culture. If you want to visit a place to know more about Chinese Shu (Sichuan) culture, make it this one, for the civilization shown by the cultural relics can be called a true wonder. Three-Star Piles refer to three earth mounds at the site. The Relic area stretches for about 12 square kilometers (about 4.6 square miles), which is the largest, oldest, and most connotational Shu cultural relic in Sichuan. It is said that the Heavenly Emperor cast down three handfuls of earth which fell near the Jian River and became three earth mounds on Chengdu Plain. The three earth piles, described as three golden stars in a line, hence became known as Three-Star Piles. Now affirmed by modern archaeology, the three earth mounds are in reality the southern wall of an ancient city that was built of earth. There are two breaches in the city wall, after the collapse and subsequent erosion; it became the three mounds we see today.

Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan

Sanxingdui museum, which is 40 km from Chengdu, is one of the most important historical sites in China because of its size, enriched content, and rarity of its excavated objects. The site is protected by National Key Cultural Relics unit since 1988. The museum is located in between the Yazi and Mamu Rivers and covers 12 square kilometers. History Some of the first objects that were put in the museum were found in 1929 by a farmer while digging a well. In the process, the farmer unearthed a large stash containing jade relics. Then, in 1986, several workers discovered sacrificial pits where they found pottery artifacts, bronze, gold, and jade which were completely unknown in the history of Chinese art. The artifacts that were unearthed in 1986, have convinced researchers that Sanxingdui was Shu Kingdom’s capital back more than 3,000 years ago. Among the artifacts collected, the bronze proved to be the most precious due to their scientific, historical, and artistic value. Museum’s major sections In order to organize the whole place and the relics, the museum is divided into 4 major sections where more than 1,000 pieces of artifacts from the two sacrificial pits can be found. These include gold plates, jade articles, bronze ware, pottery, and ivory. Section 1 The first section consists of 5 individual units. The first one serves as an introduction of the ancient Shu. The next four sections feature relics that feature technical achievements, skill, and extraordinary imagination of the Shu people through the techniques they’ve used in their handicrafts. Section 2 This section is dedicated on one topic alone; divinity and human. Imitative real scene can be found that shows the mental world of Shu people. Section 3 Visitors can find the 10 groups of cultural relics that symbolize the ever-lasting spirit of the Shu people. Section 4 This section focuses on the impact of the museum and its relics to other countries. It tells the story when the excavation sites were discovered. What to expect Visitors can expect to find extraordinary artifacts there. These include spooky masks with bulbous nose and bulging eyes, tree with serpentine branches, shamanic figure with over exaggerated face, etc. They are part of Sichuan mystery that shook up Chinese history.

Sanxingdui Museum

The unique Sanxingdui Museum is near the Sanxingdui archaeological site that dates back to 2000 B.C. The site is north of Nanxing Town of Guanghan City in Sichuan Province. Due to its scope, the wealth of its contents, and the rarity and precious nature of its excavated objects, the site was declared a National Key Cultural Relics Protected Unit in 1988. The discovery of a large number of spectacular relics created a great sensation. In 1986, two large sacrificial pits of Shang Period (1600-1100BC) were unearthed with more than one thousand gold, bronze, and jade objects, shocking the entire country and shaking the world. Among other things, the finds proved that Sanxingdui was the capital of the ancient Shu Kingdom more than 3,000 years ago. Amongst the hoards of prize antiquities, there are a variety of unique, grotesque bronze works. These include such things as a stately standing figure, a freakish bronze mask, and a towering bronze holy tree, all unparalleled treasures for their age and completeness. In addition, the gold wares such as a gleaming gold sculpture and the jade wares like the motif tablets have turned out to be the first ever seen of their kind.

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1 The artifacts are displayed in the Sanxingdui Museum located near the city of Guanghan.

2 The unique Sanxingdui Museum is near the Sanxingdui archaeological site that dates back to 2000 B.C.

3 Situated in the northeast of the state-protected Sanxingdui Site by the bank of the Yazi River in Guanghan---a city famed for its long history and splendid culture, Sanxingdui Museum is a modern theme museum which is 40 kilometers to the north of Chengdu.