Guangzhou Shi San Hang Museum starts a trial operation on August 30. [Photo/Southcn.com]
Guangzhou Shi San Hang Museum starts a trial operation on August 30 and will officially open to the public for free in the near future.
Located at the historic site of Shi San Hang Business Hotel Area of the Qing Dynasty (inside Guangzhou Culture Park), Guangzhou Shi San Hang Museum covers an area of 3,060 square meters, with an overall floorage of 6,090 square meters. The Museum houses about 1,600 pieces (sets) cultural objects. Permanent exhibitions include exhibition of the history of Guangzhou Shi San Hang in the Qing Dynasty and exhibition of cultural relics from the Thirteen Hongs period.
Visitors watch the exhibits in the museum. [Photo/Southcn.com]
Among the collections on show, a tea set with the emblem of the Hollingworth family from America remains intact, with all 6 pieces. From the tea set, it is observed that Chinese culture had great influence on the life of westerners at that time.
In the Qing Dynasty, before the Opium War in the mid 19th century, the government imposed an embargo against all foreign countries and left Guangzhou as the only city permitting international trade. Thirteen local companies were patented to monopolize business. They were seen in the history books as Shi San Hang (十三行),or “Thirteen Hongs” or “Thirteen Factories”.
How to get there: Take Bus No. 131B, 209, 238, 31, 38, 552, 57, Night 67, Night 7 and get off at Cultural Park Station (广州文化公园).