Opened to the general public in 1957, Opium War Museum was initially called “The Opium War Humen People’s Anti-British Memorial Hall” and “Lin Zexu Memorial Hall”. During your stay at one of the service apartments Dongguan has to offer such as Ascott Songshan Lake Dongguan, you would have an insightful time exploring this museum.
Lin Zexu, the imperial commissioner of Guangzhou, arrested the Chinese opium dealers, users, and afterward, blocked the trading posts of the British at their refusal to surrender their opium supplies. Once the British traders gave up their opium, Zexu destroyed them all, unaware that the British traders were backed by their government. This sparked the Opium War.
What to See
This museum showcases an extensive collection of photos and artworks, with detailed depictions that inform the public of how these wars impacted ancient China.
Located on Jiefang Road in Dongguan, Opium War Museum can be easily accessed from Humen Station – arrive here and take a taxi or a Didi to reach the museum.
The entrance to this museum is absolutely free. Outside, you can spot Chinese and British cannons on display.