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The Historical Museum of Taiping Heavenly Kingdom

  The Historical Museum of Taiping Heavenly Kingdom
The Museum of History of Taiping Heavenly Kingdom (tài píng tiān guó lì shǐ bó wù guǎn 太平天国历史博物馆) lies in the west of Nanjing Confucius Temple (fū zǐ miào 夫子庙) is the only national museum of particular history subject on the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom. The garden is a group of remaining buildings of classical garden of Ming Dynasty, covers an area of 18,000 square meters, with a construction area of 6000 square meters.

TuanlongmaguaThe Museum of History of Taiping Heavenly Kingdom is a museum with the largest number of cultural relics (wén wù 文物) of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom and richest historical materials in China. Since it is established, the museum has been widely collecting and gathering the cultural relics, documents and historic data throughout the cultural reliccountry. And, it has collected a set of very rare old treasures successively, including Tuanlongmagua (tuán lóng mǎ guà 团龙马褂)---- a robe of senior military officer of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom and several precious original block-printed editions (yuán kè běn 原刻本) of the kingdom. At present, it has collected more the Zhanyuan Gardenthan 2,800 cultural relics of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom, more than 10,000 pictures of various relics, sites and remains, more than 2,000 files and letters, 6000 books that recorded the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom’s history and has published books and reference materials of more than 7,000,000 words. The exposition of the history of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom sponsored by the museum was listed as one of the top ten expositions across China in 2000.

view of the Zhanyuan GardenThe museum hold "the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom history display" throughout the year, reproducing the massive peasant sport 150 years ago systematically in the round, which be one of the ten major fine exhibitions in the whole country of 2000. The museum also runs temporary exhibitions with various information and abundant content regularly and made the good social response.

view of the Zhanyuan Garden The Museum of History of Taiping Heavenly Kingdom is an excellent combination of both museum and garden. A group of remaining buildings in the east constitute the exhibition part of the museum,also it will be wonderful to witness the Zhanyuan Garden (zhān yuán 瞻园) which earned reputation of the best ever garden in Jinling (jīn ling 金陵). Moreover, the Zhanyuan Garden had once been praised as one of the top five most famous classical gardens in the south of Yangtze River (jiāng nán 江南) together with the Yuyuan Garden (yù yuán 豫园) in Shanghai and the Zhuozhengyuan Garden (zhuō zhèng yuán 拙政园) in Suzhou. The name of the garden was given by the emperor Qianlong (qián lóng huáng dì 乾隆皇帝) of Qing dynasty in 1757 when he made his second rounds to the south of Yangtze River and halted there absorbed by the view.

viewThe Zhanyuan Garden has experienced the vicissitudes of the history of more than 600 years, but it is still glowing with the vigour of life. The garden enjoyed quite a reputation in Ming and Qing dynasty because of its 18 fascinating sceneries, such as the plum blossom castle (méi huā wù 梅花坞), the room of old trees (lǎo shù zhāi 老树斋), the depth of the bamboo forest (zhú shēn chù 竹深处) and so on. Now the new 18 fascinating sceneries have sufficiently embodied the simple and unsophisticated beauty of Chinese classical garden.

Imagine a garden with dainty and exquisite pavilions, strange and pleasing rockery, and clear water of blue ripples, verdant vegetation hanging down in clusters and traditional Chinese stringed and woodwind instrumental music. All of above will come true in the historical museum of Taiping heavenly kingdom.

  night view in the Zhanyuan Garden

Location: 128 Zhanyuan Lu, Fuzi Miao, Qinhuai District, Nanjing
Tel: 5220-1849
Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5: 30 p.m.
Traffic: You can take bus No.49, 33, 2, 26, 16, 802, 814, 816, 820, Y-2, Y-4, 301, 46, 7, 62, 4, 40, 37, 100, 23, 38, 44, 317, 305 or subway line 1 to get there.