Introducing Jinsha Site Museum
The Jinsha Site Museum, covering an area of some 12km2, dates from somewhere between 3,000-5,000 years ago, and as such is southwest China’s oldest, biggest and most culturally significant archaeological site representing an ancient city, state and culture. This Jinsha Site Museum is acknowledged as one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. The best-preserved parts are along the eastern, western and southern city walls as well as the city walls around Moon Bay. As the lifeblood of Yangzte River Civilization, Jinsha Site Museum cements the place of the Yangtze River (along with the Yellow River) as fundamental to Chinese civilization.
Jinsha Site Museum Fast Facts
• Chinese Name: Jinsha Yizhi Bowuguan 金沙遗址博物馆
• Best Time to Visit: All year around
• Recommended Visiting Hours: About 2 to 3 hours
• Things to Do: Photography, Chinese Culture and History, Archaeology
• Opening Hours: 09:00-18:00 Tuesday to Sunday
• Entrance Fee: ¥70
• Address: No. 2, Jinsha Site Road, Qingyang District, Chengdu, Sichuan Province
What to expect at Jinsha Site Museum
Jinsha Site is 50km away from Sanxingdui Site and can be dated back to 1250 BC to 650 BC. It was quite prosperous in 1000 BC. There are some similarities for relics of Jinsha culture and Sanxingdui culture, but there is no city wall, which is approximately the last phase of Sanxingdui culture and represents the once transfer of political center of Ancient Shu.
Golden Sun Bird
Golden Sun Bird is the peak of golden arts of ancestors of Ancient Shu. Golden Sun Bird reaches 94.2% golden content with outer diameter of 12.5cm, inner diameter of 5.29cm, thickness of 0.02cm and the weight of 20g.
Ivory is an important sacrificial offering to deities in Ancient Shu. Tons of ivory of Asian elephants are unearthed in Jinsha Site. The stacking layers of ivory reaches 8 and the longest ivory is 1.6m. At present, the protective backfilling treatment is under way.
Memorial Sculpture of Chinese Cultural Heritage
“Golden Sun Bird” unearthed in Jinsha Site is served as the prototype of Memorial Sculpture of Chinese Cultural Heritage. It as the core pattern of identification of cultural heritage of China and city image of Chengdu is the best representative of culture symbol of Chengdu.
How to get to Jinsha Site Museum
• Take bus No. 82, 83, 100, 111, 142, 163, 175, 209, 211, 1029, 1043 or 1123 to the museum.
• Take Metro Line 7 and get off at Jinsha Yizhi Bowuguan Station (Exit C).
• Take Metro Line 2 and get off at Yipin Tianxia Station (Exit B).
Additional travel advice on Jinsha Site Museum
• The museum is closed on Mondays except in January, February, July, August and public holidays.
• The lighting in the exhibition hall is dark, so please take care.