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Special Museums in Guangzhou
Guangzhou has 59 museums and memorial halls open to the public, with more than 140,000 exhibits, according to a 2016 survey by CPPCC member Chen Yunchang.

Part of Guangzhou’s 13th Five Year Plan (2016-2020) is to build Guangzhou into a city of museums. As of today, Guangzhou has 59 museums and memorial halls open to the public, with more than 140,000 exhibits, according to a 2016 survey by CPPCC member Chen Yunchang. Among all these museums, we have several special ones to recommend to you.

1. Can tonese Opera Art Museum

With the traditional Chinese garden style and characteristics of Lingnan culture, the Cantonese Opera Art Museum offers an exhibition on Cantonese opera arts, performances and cultural studies. Covering about 21,700 square kilometers, the museum provides audiovisual studios, reading rooms and touchscreens for visitors to enjoy Cantonese Opera, which is on the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Address:  No. 127 Enning road, Liwan District, Guangzhou
Opening hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday

Admission: free, but need appointment in advance

2. Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum

As South China's largest museum in the medical sciences and technology category, the Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum consists of exhibition halls covering medical history and traditional Chinese medicine specimens, as well as a 5,500-square meter medicine plantation, in which 2,500 medicinal plants of more than 1,000 different species grow.

Address: No. 232 Waihuandong Lu (Outer Ring East Road), Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center, Panyu District, Guangzhou

Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. - noon, and 2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m, Monday to Friday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

Admission: free

3. Guangzhou Metro Museum 

Spread over three floors, the museum features geological structures and construction tools for metros, vintage models of old transportation conveyances, simulated cabs, and a metro driver role-playing area for children.

Address: Tower C, Wansheng Square, No.1238 Xingang East Road, Haizhu District, Guangzhou

Opening hours: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tuesday to Friday
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday

Admission: free, but need to make appointment on the Wechat site of Guangzhou Metro Museum in advance

4. Qiqiao Culture Museum

Qiqiao is a special festival dedicated to females that falls on the seventh day of the 7th month on the Chinese calendar. The Qiqiao Culture Museum is China's first Qiqiao culture-themed museum, focusing on the exhibition and trading of Qiqiao works, the promotion and development of Qiqiao crafts, and the preservation and research of Qiqiao as an item of intangible cultural heritage.  

Address:  Zhu Village, Tianhe District, Guangzhou
Opening hours: during Qiqiao Culture Festival

Admission: free

(By Annie Lee, Louis Berney)

Editor:Joanna You
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