Located in the center of Guangzhou , the Archaeological Site of the Nanyue Kingdom Palace, the site of both palaces of Nanyue and Nanhan Kingdom , remained to be a locus of governmental offices ever since the unification of Qin Dynasty . The site best exemplifies Guangzhou’s position of the political, economic and cultural center of South China. Remains of palaces and garden of Nanyue and palaces of Nanhan Kingdom have been unearthed in this site. Besides, the layers of ruins, piling upwards from the Qin Dynasty to the republic of China have also been found.
The imperial garden of Nanyue kingdom comprises two parts, a huge stone pond and a crook stone brook. The artificial stone brook imitates the shape of natural rivers. Gardening elements such as slopes, crescent shape stone pond, bumps and Stone Bridge were found in the site. It is the earliest and best preserved ancient garden discovered in China so far.
The site is reputed as the epitome of Cantonese culture. It has been listed among the national key protected cultural relics in 1996 and the national tentative list of world cultural heritage in 2012.
Part 1 The Nanyue Kingdom Palace
The discoveries of the relics of palaces and garden by archaeological excavations unveiled the mysterious Nanyue Kingdom exsited 2000 years ago. The exhibition will show you the history of the kingdom and the archivements that it had made in fields of palace and garden construction, cultural exchanges and ethnic integration.
Part 2 The Nanhan Kingdom Palace
The Nanhan Kingdom was the second local sovereign founded in Guangzhou, which had important influence to the city's development. Through archaeological findings, this exhibition will highlight the accomplishments that the kingdom had achieved in the fields of polity, economy, capital construction and overseas trading.
Part 3 Guangzhou – a City of Great Antiquity and Rich Culture
The cultural strata discovered from this site storing the cultural relics of twelve historical periods. They are like unwritten chronicles that record over two thousand years of urban development of Guangzhou.
Part 4 Guangzhou's Ancient Well Culture
In the excavated area of the Palace of the Nanyue Kingdom have been found over 500 wells built in various dynasties, which can be said to constitute a natural museum of wells. It is proved that the palace is an ideal place for human habitation. By examining the wells, one can gain some knowledge of how Guangzhou solved the problem of getting drinking water throughout history.
|Ticket Price :|
|Free of charge. Only ticket-holders can enter the museum.|
|Open Hour :|
|from 9:30 to 15:30 hrs (no tickets offered after 15:00), closed on Mondays|
|No.316 Zhongshan Si Road, Guangzhou (the museum is currently only partly open. However visitors can enter the museum at the west gate near the Department of Finance of Guangdong Province in Beijing Lu (Road) )|
|How to get to the Nanyue Kingdom Palace|
Take Guangzhou Metro , Line 1 or Line 2 , get off at Gongyuanqian Metro Station , Exit E.
• Bus: take bus No. 14, 27, 64, 193, 217, 265, 281, 286, 293, 528, 833, Expressway 1, Expressway 27 and get off at Guangweilu Coach Terminal
• Bus: take bus No. 7, 102, 107, 108, 191, 243, 264, 517, 833 and get off at Caiting Stop. (Guangzhou Metro Map)