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jade relicsGuangdong Provincial Museum is located on 215 Wenming Rd., on the corner with Yuexiu Road., Guangzhou, Guangdong Province of China, on what was the original site of Zhongshan University. It is a provincial general museum with a land area o f 29,000 square meters. The museum was open to the common public in the year 1959 after four years of construction.

The complex of the museum is a three-storied construction that centers on one big hall with one lecture hall, thirteen exhibition halls, and two procedure rooms. There are two separate halls in Guangdong Provincial Museum: the former one and the new one. The former hall which housed the original Zhongshan University is now known as the Lu Xun Memorial Hall. The Lu Xun Memorial Hall contains an exhibition of objects related to Lu Xun and some other intellectuals who influenced Chinese modernization and indirectly prepared the way for the communist revolution. It is a pity that all notices are only in Chinese.

On the right side of the museum complex lies the new building which was initially built in 1957-1959 then greatly enlarged and renovated in 1992.Among various exhibitions this hall holds, the impressive historical exhibition "Chaozhaou Wood Carving" is the most famous one. On display are screens and other objects elaborately carved in wood as well as explanation both in Chinese and English of the history of that particular object, while sharing some details about the technique used. The next section on the ground floor is an exhibition of modern ceramic figures done in traditional Shiwan (Foshan) style, and upstairs section is dedicated to the history of the city of Guangzhou from prehistoric times to modern days. Other sections also showcase the expertise of Guangzhou people in the field of pottery and calligraphy. Guangdong Provincial Museum has been free to the public since 2010 with the opening time from 9:00 - 17:00 (closed on Monday).


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