Constructed in 1957, the Opium War Museum in Humen town, Dongguan explores China’s battle against opium spearheaded by Lin Zexu of the Qing dynasty.
The Exhibition Building
Begin your visit at the exhibition building, also known as the Lin Zexu Memorial. The exhibition provides an insightful glimpse into the birth of the opium trade in China, Lin Zexu’s destruction of opium in 1839 and the subsequent opium wars. On display is a collection of relics such as the manuscripts of Lin Zexu, opium smoking sets, swords and other weapons used in the opium wars.
The museum also houses other historical monuments, such as statues of Humen natives fighting against the British, and Lin Zexu. Discover the two ruin sites where Lin Zexu destroyed the opium. If you are looking for Dongguan apartments for rent located within the museum’s vicinity, there are various options to choose from, including Citadines Songshan Lake Dongguan.
Sea Battle Museum
Continue your exploration at the Sea Battle Museum located on Weiyuan Island, a few minutes away. This is yet another exhibition of relics, paintings and pictures continuing the narrative of China’s war against opium.
Weiyuan and Shajiao Forts
After exiting the Sea Battle Museum, venture out and explore Weiyuan Fort. Its cannons and architectural design depict how China defended herself against foreign invaders. If you have some time, consider visiting Shajiao Fort, a stunning example of China’s strategic fortification against invaders.