Chongqing China Three Gorges Museum, also known as Chongqing Museum, is situated opposite to the Chongqing People's Assembly Hall. It is not only the largest monographic museum, but is also a public undertaking for the preservation, education, scientific research in respect of cultural relics and the natural environment of Chongqing and the Three Gorges area.
A Day At Chongqing's Largest Museum
1. Permanent Exhibitions
Among the 10 permanent exhibitions, there are four basic exhibitions. All of them can be accessed during your Three Gorges Museum tour. 'Marvelous Three Gorges' exhibits the history, culture and humanistic spirit of the Three Gorges with abundant cultural relics and datum. 'Ancient Ba – Yu' exhibits the cultural relics from the Stone Age and Bronze Age, showing the ancient civilization of Chongqing by tracing back to the culture root 3000 years ago.'Chongqing: Journey to Urbanization' shows important people and events in 20 th century which had a great impact to Chongqing' s opportunity and development, including the change of the city, how it becomes the commercial center, and the rising of its industry, etc. 'Anti - Japanese War Period' reflects the great efforts made by Chongqing city and Chongqing people during the war time.
2. Three Gorges Circular-screen Movie
To access this part, you do not need to purchase the Three Gorges Museum ticket. The Three Gorges Circular-screen Movie is free to public and tourists can watch it at the first floor. The movie was shot and produced by CCTV and Central Newsreel and Documentary Film Studio. By using high-tech movie means, the aerial video reflects the natural scenery and culture customs of Three Gorges before the reservoir was impounded. It's a permanent memorial to the Three Gorges landscape before the Three Gorges project. The movie will last about 22 minutes, and it will be played three times a day. The show time is 11:30, 14:30 and 15:30. This is the great chance to see the panoramic view of Three Gorges from various angles.
3. Three Temporary Exhibition Halls
There are three temporary exhibition halls in the museum. They are mainly used to hold domestic and international cultural communication activities or exhibitions, and at the same time, arrange themed exhibitions when there are important anniversaries, major festivals and significant ceremonies. This is a must thing to do while you are on your Three Gorges Museum tour.
4. Tourist Practice Center
The museum also provides tourist practice center to communicate with its visitors. In this practice center, teenagers can participate in the stimulated archaeological activities of Three Gorges, and experience the exploration and excavation process. While in the interaction of calligraphy and painting, visitors can learn how to appreciate the calligraphy and painting under the guidance of an expert, and visitors can also learn to mount a picture. As for the porcelain, visitors can duplicate it with the guidance of the staffs in the museum. All these interaction activities are designed to help visitors acquire related knowledge and skills in a more relaxing way. This is definitely a must thing to do at Three Gorges Museum.
5. Guided Tour
The museum will provide tour guide service for tourist. There are three exhibition halls that have English tour guide service, and they are Marvelous Three Gorges, Ancient Ba-Yu and Chongqing: Journey to Urbanization. You can find the tour guide at the reception center in the first floor. Tourists can also rent an audio guide machine at the reception center in the first floor. The audio guide machine provides several languages, including Chinese, English, Russian, French, Japanese and Korean.
How to Get Tickets?
The Three Gorges Museum tour is free to public and it opens from 9:00 - 17:00, and it closes on Monday, and it will stop receiving tourists from 16:00. On official holidays in China, like Spring Festival and National Day, it will extend its opening hours properly. The museum will accept visitors no more than 5000 people for a day, and if the sightseeing group is over 200 people, then the group need to make a reservation two days ahead.
How To Get Around?
You can get around the museum by walking. If you plan to visit other attractiosn after, the museum is also very close to Chongqing Railway Station, and the direct distance between them is about 1.3km. It's suggested to take a taxi to the railway station, and it will only cost you several minutes to get there. The taxi fee is about 10 yuan.
What Should I Wear?
Pick the dresses of your choice.
Best Time to Visit
Three Gorges Museum tour can be done at any time of the year.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, but you can get an audio guide to help you. There is an audio guide machine at the reception center in the first floor. The audio guide machine provides several languages, including Chinese, English, Russian, French, Japanese and Korean.
How To Get There?
Three Gorges Museum is located at the Yuzhong District, which is the city center of Chongqing, and tourists can reach the museum easily. You can take rail transit line 2 to Zengjiayan stop and walk about 500m to get to the museum, or you can take rail transit line 3 and get off at Niujiaotuo stop, and then walk about 1km to the museum. For the public bus, the museum can be reached by bus No.132, 145, 181, 261, 262, 265, 421, 829, 862, 886, 881, 152, 215, etc.
Like many of China's gigantic cities, foreigners in Chongqing tend to go relatively unnoticed by the seething masses of locals going about their business. There's a laidback and 'western' approach to most things and visitors can wear what they would at home and not cause any offence. Open displays of affection such as couples holding hands are accepted, but tolerance of homosexuality is very slow to develop in China.Tipping in bars and restaurants is a growing trend but not obligatory.