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Location of Salt Museum

As the only one of its kind all over China, Zigong Salt History Museum was built in 1959 at the heart of Zigong City, Sichuan Province.


Aims of the Museum

For those who paid thair fist-time tour to Chengdu, Zigong Salt Museum is a must-see place. Its historical architectures, splendid salt making exhibits, and depiction of the peculiar intelligence of previous ancestors will certainly leave you an unforgettable impression.

It aims to collect, study, preserve and exhibit implements and artifacts connecting with salt mining. There are over 1,300 various implements including a complete set of over 500 drilling tools on display. The hanging large scale mural paintings successfully record the evolution of mine drilling, salt making, and natural gas usage during the 2,000 year. Most of the items exhibited are particularly advanced in terms of science and technology then, which proved not only the prosperity of Zigong's salt making industry, but also the intelligence and diligence of the indigenous Chinese. There are 20,000 visitors came to the museum per year, they can have a precious experience here to operate most of the salt mining devices.

The museum constitutes of two major structures, Xiqin Assembly Hall and Wangye Temple, they both are mainly protected cultural relics.

Along with its attached buildings, Xiqin Assembly Hall encompasses an area in total of 6,303 square meters (about 1.6 acres), which was constructed by merchants from Shaanxi Province in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), and expanded later. It is said that these merchants came to Zigong engaging in salt business and been quite well-off, so they built the hall at a cost of more than 50,000 tael (about 12,195,000 dollars), intending to show off their financial and material capabilities and to provide a place for local citizens to relax. It can be definitely regarded as a masterpiece successfully linking the palatial architectural styles of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing dynasties with the folk architectural styles. Thus, in addition to grasp more knowledge about salt history, you can also learn about the unbelievable quintessence among ancient constructions here.

Also constructed in the Qing Dynasty, Wangye Temple was added with a drama house later, however, many of the early structure was destroyed in the ensuing years. Not until 1984, did it be repaired and reconstructed. Encircled by wooden railings carved with patterns of nature as well as historical characters, the drama house also houses a tea room where you can relax and enjoy refreshments.


Salt Museum Notes

1.Admission Fee: CNY 20 for the Salt Museum; CNY 10 for the ancient salt well
2.Opening Hours: 8:30-17:30
3.Bus routes: 2, 33, 37 at Jiangbin Road or Shawan Station