In spite of being discovered only in the twenty first century, the Jinsha Site Museum happens to be one of the most wondrous of all museums of its nature in mainland China. Located in the northwest of Chengdu, it is a miracle that prevented archaeologists from discovering the grounds prior to 2001. Ever since it was found more and more information of China’s history has come to light and many unanswered questions have now been answered with empirical evidence.
The Shu Kingdom of Chengdu that prevailed over three millennia ago has left behind traces of its existence, the most prominent of which is the symbol of the kingdom; the Sunbird. No sooner the Jinsha Site was discovered the archaeological site was converted to a museum to honour and display the artifacts which includes ivory, gold and jade that were excavated from the grounds.
The museum complex is fairly large, comprehensive and divided into several meaningful sections. The Hall of Ruins contains implements used for sacrifices and spiritual worship. It is apparent that the Chinese authorities have spared no pains and made no reservations about building and developing this museum when you enter the Exhibition Hall which is complete with a 3D theatre that displays the Shu civilization. Through a reel the various milestones of the Shu era are documented for the purpose of educating the public who were robbed of the opportunity to learn of this kingdom until a decade or so ago.
There are performances done by locals all year around in true Shu style within the museum premises to portray the varied aspects of how Shu life commenced, developed and evolved. These have a distinct Chinese flair that has not been modified by the modern ways of life or thinking patterns. The performances also help people to understand more about the relics that are displayed and the story is more or less complete.
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