Guangzhou Thirteen Hongs Museum
Everything you should know about the millennial commercial city
The reason why Guangzhou is one of the most important trading venues for Chinese and foreign merchandise on ancient Maritime Silk Road, is that a group of special merchants once operated the only foreign port, Guangzhou Thirteen Hongs, during the heyday of the Qing Dynasty. It was once called “the golden mountain and south bank of the emperor”. Merchants of the Thirteen Hongs were considered as the richest in the world, and their wealth was even envied by the government.
To earn about the history of Guangzhou, Guangzhou Thirteen Hongs Museum is the perfect place.
The 6,100-square-meter exhibition hall presents the development history of the Thirteen Hongs and houses about 1,600 pieces (sets) of cultural objects. In here, you can appreciate Kwon-glazed porcelain, tea, pith paintings, Cantonese embroidery, export fans, mahogany furniture, silverware, glass paintings, watercolor paintings, lacquerware and so on.
In the museum, each cultural relic has a story to tell. The most precious treasure of the museum is the big Kwon-glazed porcelain bowl with design of foreigners sailing home. It is a specially made souvenir for foreign ships when arriving in Guangzhou. In the center of the bowl, there is the year of the ship’s arrival, 1757, around which is the English words “Elizabeth Darling”. On the bowl, painting shows sailors meeting their families.
Admission: Free. Visitors can get the tickets in the ticket center with their valid certificates. Tickets would not be given out after4:00 pm every opening day.
Add.: Inside the Cultural Park, No.37 Xiti Er Road, Liwan District,Guangzhou (广州市荔湾区西堤二马路37号广州文化公园内)
Metro: Exit A/D, Cultural Park Station, Line 6
Bus: Cultural Park Stop, Bus No.31, 38, 57, 131B, 208, 209, 238, 281, 552; South Kangwang Road Station, Bus No.79, 79A, 114, 181, 226, 251, 288, 297, 521, 530;
Opening hours: 9:00 - 17:00 every day; The Museum is closed on Monday.