Nanyue Royal Tomb Museum Located on Jiefang Bei Road, Guangzhou, the Western Han Dynasty Nanyue King Mausoleum Museum is the oldest and largest Han tomb with the most funerary objects in Lingnan (South of the Nanling Mountain) Area. As one of the 80 famous museums in the world, the museum covers 14,000 square meters (150, 699.6 square feet) with 10 exhibition halls.
The tomb was discovered in 1983, 20 meters under Xianggang Shan (Elephant Hill) in Guangzhou on a construction site for a hotel, and was excavated. The tomb measures 10.85 meters in length and 12.43 meters in width. It is divided in 7 parts, with a front chamber, east and west wing rooms, the main coffin chamber, east and west side rooms, and a back storage chamber.
Three sets of bronze serial bells, thirty-six bronze vessels, thirty-six bronze mirrors, and three gold seals is the historical thumb made by intellectual Nanyue people in China and well presents the Nanyue Culture.
Among the antiquities from the tomb of King Yue South Jade artifacts are just some of the most important representatives. There are pieces of jade for ceremonies, funerals, home decoration and practical use in over 200pieces which have been excavated. This is the best collection of jade in the tombs of the Han Dynasty to the number, diversity and abundance based fine condition. In addition, the style of buttons down the front is unique among unearthed jade garments. This silk-sewn-jade garment shows the early development of jade garments as well as development of the Nanyue culture. The museum also has dozens of ceramic and porcelain pillow in the Tang Dynasty, the Yuan Dynasty and Ming Dynasty. It is surprising that the museum has collected a large number and variety of pillow porcelain kilns.
Guangzhou is a low profile metropolis for the most part, characterized by humble and simple lifestyles compared to Shanghai and Beijing. The Nanyue Royal Tomb Museum, however, represents the extraordinary wealth and opulence of the city’s history.
Alongside Chinese artifacts, pieces from the steppes, and Iranian and Hellenistic Central Asian regions have been found: a Persian silver box found in the tomb is the earliest imported product found to date in China.
Address: No. 867 Jiefang Bei Lu – across from Yuexiu Park.
Admission: 12 yuan
Opening time: 9am – 5:30pm
Tel.: 020 8666 0885
Travelers can take buses No. 7, 24, 58, 87, 244, 273, 182, 519, 528, and 552 and so on, or take trolleys No. 103, 105, 108, 109, and 110 and get off at Yuexiu Park or Panfu Road bus station which is about 300 meters away from the front gate of the museum.
Guangzhou Metro: Line 2 ,Get off at Yuexiu Park station and then get out from Exit E. Turn right and walk about 100 meters to the museum.
The studio in the comprehensive building of the museum plays video tapes on the procedure of excavating the tomb (available in Mandarin, Cantonese, Minnan Language, English, French, German, Japanese and Spanish). Travelers can obtain some relative materials about the Museum for free in the museum’s hall.