Brief of Liangzhu Museum
Located on the outskirts of Hangzhou Liangzhu Museum, established in 1994, dedicates itself to displaying the ‘Liangzhu Culture’, an influential school of ancient Chinese culture that prevailed at the lower reaches of the Yangtze River in the late Neolithic Period around 4,000 to 5,300 years ago. Set against rustic surroundings this museum harmoniously blends itself into its surroundings and with a number of rich collections has often been compared to a ‘treasure trove’.
Embodied by rice cultivation, jadeware, silk harvesting and ceramic production, Liangzhu Culture, which originated in Liangzhu Town, is also dubbed as “the dawn of civilization of mankind”. Relics excavated here testify to its glorious past and enduring legacy. The rice seeds unearthed here serve as irrefutable proofs to China’s self-acclaimed rice cultivation history dating back over 5,000 years ago.
Among its treasure trove of lacquerware, porcelains and myriad artifacts, jadeware items outnumber the rest and enjoy peerless consummate craftsmanship. Few places in China have such a complete collection of jade items, which come in great variety and span a history from tribal society to the last century. You can also see a giant oil painting here. Spanning 6.6m high, 35m long, it depicts the daily life of Liangzhu people’s ancestors several millennia ago.