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China National Silk Museum

Add:Intersection of Lianhuafeng and Yuhuangshan roads

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Unlike other Chinese museums that feature a grandiose building with grand facades, the silk museum is more like a garden with ivy crawling on its outer walls, small waterfalls gurgling away and fish ponds.

The ambience echoes the ancient history of China's silk industry. As the world's largest silk museum, it covers an area of 8,000 square meters.

China's history of breeding silkworms dates back to the Neolithic Period. Almost every period and dynasty throughout the country's history made strides in silkworm cultivation and textile production.

The museum uses antiques such as pieces of textile fragments, unearthed cultural relics and more to showcase the development of the silk industry.

One highlight is a hat and some clothing excavated from Xiaohe tomb complex in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Both had been buried for about 3,800 years, but it's still clear today the craftsmanship was of extraordinary quality.

Other highlights are gathered in the Exhibition Hall of Mysterious Silk and Heavenly Loom. Here various old wooden looms originating from Jiangnan (regions in the lower reaches of the Yangtze River) can be seen.

Silk-making techniques, a variety of silk threads, silk printing and dyeing, and looms found across China are also on display in the exhibition hall.

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