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Quanzhou Maritime Museum

 Quanzhou Attractions

As the China’s only museum dedicated to the history of Chinese overseas exploration, Quanzhou Maritime Museum is located in the Fengze district. Quanzhou Maritime Museum has two exhibition hall ,one is old and the other is new. The old one was set up in 1959 which was designed like a huge ship. The old exhibition was used to exhibit the components of a Song Dynasty (960-1127) ship discovered in the seaport of Quanzhou. The new one was opened in 1991 and focuses on the history of overseas exploration, religious stone sculptures, and the folk culture of the seaside.

In the Quanzhou Maritime Museum, people can know the importance of Quanzhou in the development of China’s overseas exploration. The Quanzhou Bay Ancient Ships exhibition hall in Kaiyuan Temple proudly displays an ancient, 13th century wooden junk that sailed between Quanzhou and other Chinese ports as well as to foreign ports.

It sank off the coast of Fujian, also during the 13th century, but was discovered and brought to the surface in 1974, after its cargo was salvaged in 1973. The ship's cargo consisted of 14 different types of articles, including: fragrances; spices; medicinal herbs and other potions; special articles made of wood, including name plates; ceramic ware; and ancient coins, some of iron and others of bronze.

Admission: Free
Opening Hours: 09:00-18:00


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