Three Gorges Museum, Chongqing

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Learn about the history of the city and surrounding area at Three Gorges Museum, a museum dedicated to the natural and cultural heritage of Chongqing and the Three Gorges section of the Yangtze River. Opened in 2005, the cultural institution features four main exhibits that cover the natural heritage, early human history, 20th century, and World War II era in the area. The museum tells the story of the region through its collection of artifacts--including coins, porcelain, and paintings--and a number of scale models, interactive elements, and video displays. Plan to visit Three Gorges Museum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Chongqing attractions using our Chongqing trip maker website .
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  • Free admission from 9am to 5pm daily, 4 level of halls of display. full of information, It may takes about 1-2 hours to complete. Strongly recommend to go  more »
  • ok to spend 1-2 hours here to see different displays. good to see the development of Three gorge dam and other local displays.  more »
  • Honestly, I was really disappointed with this museum. It was free which was nice, but the exhibits weren't particularily interesting! Most of it was written in Mandarin, and despite the building being...  more »
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  • Free entrance. Great porcelain artifacts and statutes. There is an antique store on the first floor towards the back of the gift shop. It's worth a visit. Some real antiques you can actually touch and buy if you can haggle a fair price.
  • Beautiful museum showcasing the lives of the people along the 3 gorges and it’s history. Beautiful artifacts and tons of exhibits to explore. Cater at least 2.5hours if you want to explore every exhibit. Don’t miss the amazing 360 panoramic documentary of the before and after construction of the dam and how it affects the look of the Yangtze river.
  • Four floors of hot China action. To get to this museum take the green line to Zengjiayan and walk through the long tunnel. You'll get to a square with dance groups, and the museum is right there. The bottom floor has an exhibit about the 3 gorges region of the Yangtze River. The exhibit is not particularly focused and covers everything from wildlife in the area to the types of rock in the gorges. This exhibit was one of the only ones with some English. Other exhibits in the museum include ceramics, calligraphy, minority populations in China, and coins from China's past. Most only in Chinese. Actually the coolest for me was on the top floor. It detailed the life of a Dutch diplomat who studied Chinese in the early 1900s and eventually married a Chongqing lady. He seemed to have lived an interesting life.
  • The museum describes the entire matter related to the construction of Three Gorges Dam. The museum has all the necessary information that can well describe the scenarios of Three Gorges Dam to the visitor.
  • Good exhibits on the local area and the Three Gorges, particularly the Ba people that lived here. The geologic history of the gorges was interesting, and I enjoyed that they had river stones from before the dam was put in. They also had an informative, if a bit random, exhibit on all the different minorities throughout China. The top floor was filled with the collection of a benefactor who collected as many things as he could during the Cultural Revolution, so it's a bit of a mish-mash, but there are beautiful ceramics and calligraphy from the various dynasties. My only complaint is there's no air-conditioning in it, so it can get sweltering.

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Accommodations abound right across the gargantuan city of Chongqing, with the rapid development of the metropolitan area meaning new options spring up year after year. Take a look at the central Yuzhong district for a range of hotels, classy and basic, located close to the main sites of the urban area. Up close to the banks of the river sit a wealth of options, with luxury hotels and spa retreats offering pools and river views, as well as youth hostels and guesthouses offering simple rooms close to the action.
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