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The Sanxingdui Museum, located in the city of Guanghan just 40 kilometres from Chengdu, lies in a quiet setting among the hills. However, several thousand years ago, these same hills were part of the city wall that surrounded a Bronze Age city. The Sanxingdui Museum displays a rich collection of finds from this lost civilization. The ghostly masks in particular speak to the imagination.
Approximately 3500 years ago, the Sanxingdui civilization evolved on the banks of the Yazi River in the Chinese province of Sichuan. A few centuries later there was no sign of this culture. It seemed to have vanished, leaving no written or oral references to its existence. In 1986, a large amount of art treasures were found leading to the rediscovery of this forgotten civilization and making headline news around the world. This architectural find proved that the origins of Chinese civilization were a lot more complicated than had been assumed. The history books had to be rewritten.
“Dark exhibit rooms emphasize the mysterious atmosphere”