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Guangdong Marine Silk Road Museum Opened on Dec. 24
Published on December 24, 2009 by Irene
The high-profile Guangdong Maritime Silk Road Museum housing an 800-year-old merchant ship was opened on Dec. 24 in Yangjiang, Guangdong Province. The football-field-sized Museum square was built to contain more visitors and protect the museum from sea-wave erosion.
The 30-meter wooden vessel, named Nanhai No.1, discovered in early 1987 off Hailing island of Yangjiang, sleeps under the water in a glass "crystal palace" to maintain its original condition. The museum has expanded its former exhibition scale to a full extent in its precious cultural relics salvaged from the wreck covering porcelains, giant anchors, wooden wears of ancient boat, pictures, material objects, video documents and some other daily life ornaments to show the original look of Nanhai No.1. Especially the eye-catching gold belt in length of 1.72 meters and weight over half kilograms excavated in 1987, the 3 shining gold rings and one gold bracelet with a history of 800 years give out their mysterious rays and stir visitors' rich imagination about their owners. Visitors can observe the live excavation process carried out by the excavating staffs.
As introduced, in order to better preserve the ancient shipwreck and its relics, the caisson is opened and excavated little by little rather than fully exposed in haste and more treasures relic discoveries still need more patience.
Tips: Guangdong Maritime Silk Road Museum opens from 9:30am-17:00pm. Ticket fare is CNY 80(12USD) /person, free admission for kids less than 1.2 meters in height.