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China National Silk Museum, Hangzhou

China National Silk Museum

Located at the foot of Yuhuang Mountain near West Lake in Hangzhou, the China National Silk Museum occupies an area of 8,000 square meters and opened to the public in February 1992. Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin once described it as, 'Carrying forward the ancient silk culture, and exploiting a new Silk Road'.

Neighboring the beautiful West Lake, the China National Silk Museum is the first national silk museum and is the largest silk museum in the world and was constructed utilizing both traditional and modern techniques and elements. It exhibits China's 5,000-year silk culture and its developmental achievements.

The basic exhibitions include five parts. The Major Hall narrates the story of Chinese silk. From the exhibits in the hall, we can see the origin and development of silk, the main species of silkworm, the location of the Silk Road and the position silk occupied in ancient Chinese society. The Dyeing and Weaving Hall and the Achievement Hall exhibits separately the development of ancient weaving looms and the great achievement China has made in the production, research and foreign trade of silk since the founding of P. R. China. In the museum, there is also an exhibition hall set aside for temporary, special exhibitions.

There are also silk boutiques and teahouses attached to the museum for your convenience.

Opening Hours:
Monday: 12:00 – 17:00; Tuesday – Sunday: 09:00 – 17:00
Note: It is not allowed to enter after 16:45. And if a statutory holiday falls upon Monday, the service hours are 09:00 – 17:00.

Admission Fee: Free
Bus Route: 12,809
Tourism Bus No. 3

Tea garden, Hangzhou, Zhejiang National Tea Museum

The China National Tea Museum is a museum dedicated to tea and the tea culture of China. It is located in Shuangfeng Village, Longjing Road in Hangzhou, the famous hometown of Longjing (Dragon Well) Tea.

The Museum consists of the Exhibition Building, the Tea Building, the Tea Customs Garden, the International Tea Culture Exchange Hall and the Functions Building. The Exhibition Building includes six halls. They are the halls of Tea History, Tea Custom, Tea Event, Tea Set, Tea Health and Tea Friendship. With the exhibition of abundant historical tea relics, visitors can directly perceive Chinese tea culture by viewing the vivid displays. 

The Tea Building exhibits a wide range of famous Chinese teas. Tourists can taste a wide variety of different teas here. The Tea Customs Garden was developed as a sightseeing area for the Museum. Visitors are invited to take part in the performance of tea ceremonies. 

The International Tea Culture Exchange Hall provides a stage for the research and exchange of tea and tea culture. The Functional Building includes the Reception Hall and the Academic Exchange Hall and so on.

There is also a Tea Art Area at the Museum, where visitors can see the performance of the modern and the ancient tea art, Japan tea culture, Taiwan tea culture and so on. Every year an International West Lake Tea Fair is held in the Museum after the Tomb-Sweeping Day.

Admission Fee: Free
Bus Routes: 27, Tourism Bus No. 3