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Zigong Salt Industry History Museum

Introducing Zigong Salt Industry History Museum
The Zigong Salt History Museum is a specialized museum of Chinese technological history. The site of the Zigong Salt Industry History Museum was built in 1736 and was originally a guildhall for salt merchants from Shaanxi Province during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The whole building complex highly represents Qing Dynasty's architectural achievement in the combination of imperial and civilian styles.

Zigong Salt Industry History Museum Fast Facts
• Chinese Name: Zigongshi Yanye Lishi Bowuguan 自贡市盐业历史博物馆
• Best Time to Visit: All year around
• Recommended Visiting Hours: About 1 to 3 hours
• Things to Do: Photography, Salt Industry History, Architecture
• Opening Hours: 08:30-17:00
• Entrance Fee: ¥20
• Address: No. 107, Jiefang Road, Ziliujing District, Zigong, Sichuan Province

What to expect at Zigong Salt Industry History Museum

Built in 1959, the Zigong Salt Industry History Museum collects historical books, literature and archives about the well-salt development, including 1,322 real objects and tools. Among these items, one significant display is a unique and treasured collection of over 130 different types of ancient Chinese well-salt drilling tools, represented by over 500 individual pieces. This display illustrates, through the different sizes, weights and shapes of tools, what must have been required to deal with the complicated situations faced in well-salt mining. Other displays in the museum show well-salt historical cultural relics. All this is of great value for research on social economy of that era.

The Display of the Well-Salt Production Technological Development re-presents the evolution and development of well-salt production technologies in well drilling, salt collection, natural gas exploitation and salt making, demonstrates the ancient well-salt production techniques with drilling technology as the core, and reflects the wisdom and creative ability of ancient Chinese. Outside the Zigong Salt Industry History Museum, there is the restored Xiaoqiao Well drilled in 1772. It is said the well reached 1001 meters deep in the year 1835, setting a world record. The publication of the museum is Study of Well-Salt History.

How to get to Zigong Salt Industry History Museum

From Zigong
• Take bus No. 1, 10, 11, or 33 to the museum.

From Chengdu
• Take a direct bus from Chengdu Xinnanmen Bus Station to Zigong Salt Industry History Museum directly.
• Take a bus from Beimen Bus Station, Chengdu General Bus Station, Xinnanmen Bus Station, Chadianzi Bus Station, East Railway Station Bus Station or Airport Bus Station to Zigong City first. Then take a local bus to the museum.

Additional travel advice on Zigong Salt Industry History Museum
• The museum offers charged interpretation service.

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