China National Silk Museum

hangzhou silk museumLocated at the foot of Yuhuang Hill, by the beautiful side of the West Lake, China National Silk Museum was opened in Feb.1992 with a total area of 10,000 square meters as the first state-level museum dedicated to silk culture and the biggest silk museum in the world.
Any visitor who come here can find out 5,000 years of silk development history of China for free through its eight exhibition halls, including Prelude Hall, Relics Hall, Folk Custom Hall, Silkworm Hall, Silk Manufacturing Hall, Weaving Hall, Dying Hall and Achievements Hall. Every exhibition halls in the museum is equipped with modern facilities and is dedicated to providing convenience for tourists.

The exhibits in this museum include silk products from the Neolithic Age to Han, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties as well as some in present day, showing the long development history of the silk. Besides, three Silk Roads, through desert, sea and land, are all displayed in the museum. At the same time, vivid demonstrations are given in some halls, demonstrating the producing process of the silk products. The Preface Hall introduces the 5000-year-long history of Chinese silk culture. Relics Hall presents several preserved relics, which cover almost every dynasty of ancient China, and a number of pictures to explain Chinese traditional silk culture. Folk-custom Hall displays some prominent products created by outstanding weavers. Dyeing and Weaving Hall tells people how to dye and weave silk and the scientific theory of it.

China National Silk Museum is a good combination of culture, tourism and trade. Visitors here have the opportunity to see the silk production tools and silk production lines from many eras and enjoy the rich silk culture, local customs, folk tales about silkworms, and the silkworm cocoon harvesting ceremony. In addition, visitors with enough curiosity can try to weave silk themselves, an effective way for them to know how silk is manufactured.

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