Gateway to Maritime Silk Road


Rare MSR treasures of Guangxi exhibited in GZ

BY :丝路云帆

UPDATED :May 20, 2020


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The Southern Han Mausoleum Museum, the only imperial mausoleum museum in Guangzhou, kicked off a special exhibition featuring valuable relics from the ancient Maritime Silk Road from Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on May 15, in celebration of the 11th International Museum Day, as well as the first anniversary of the museum's opening.

Titled Setting Sail From The Beibu Gulf: Special Exhibition of Maritime Silk Road Cultural Relics of Han Dynasty From Guangxi, the exhibition presents visitors 120 sets of cultural relics from the ancient tombs of the Han Dynasty in Guangxi, including gold, glass products and many other items with exotic cultural elements.
Gold Inscribed with Chinese Character "大" (Da) in the Western Han Dynasty

The rare exhibits showcase not only the history of cultural exchanges between China and foreign countries via sea routes, but also the close ties between Lingnan region and Zhongyuan, or the Central Plains which was traditionally recognized as a center of early-stage Chinese civilization.
Pottery Cylinder with "九真府" (Jiuzhen Fu) Inscription

Bordering Guangdong province in the east, neighboring Vietnam in the west and facing Hainan Island across the sea, Guangxi enjoys tremendous advantages in developing marine trade with overseas countries.
Glass Cup with Cord Patterns in the Western Han Dynasty

According to the Book of Han, or The History of the Former Han Dynasty:Treatise on Geography (《汉书·地理志》) in 111 B.C., Rinan port, Xuwen port and Hepu port of Guangxi were the departure ports of the Maritime Silk Road in South China.

Hepu port, the starting point of the Marine Silk Road from the Beibu Gulf in Guangxi, was where the official mission sent by Emperor Wu of Han (30 July 157 BC – 29 March 87 BC) left on their voyage for present-day India and Sri Lanka.
Pottery Figurine-shaped Lamp in the Eastern Han Dynasty

The relics unearthed from the ancient tombs in Hepu were witnesses to the sea trade along the ancient Maritime Silk Road in Guangxi. They are also the evidence to the exchanges between China and the rest of the world.
Crystal pendants in the Han Dynasty

The exhibition runs until September 15, 2020. Visitors now still need to make online reservations at least one day in advance on the museum’s WeChat account(gzkaogu). For safety concerns, they are required to provide reservation information and show museum staff their ID cards as well as health codes from the WeChat mini-program "Suikang" (穗康), to gain entry.
Glass beads in the Han Dynasty

Admission: free
Dates:May 15-September 15, 2020
Venue: Exhibition Hall II, 3rd floor, the Southern Han Mausoleum Museum
Transportation: Exit A, the Higher Education Mega Center North Station, Metro Line 4, and then take No 387 bus to the Guangmei Lu (广美路) bus stop.

Editor: Yuan