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Chaozhou Woodcarving: Square Censer Shade
Chaozhou Woodcarving 
Guangdong Museum is a first-rate provincial museum in China, containing 166,000 items, including calligraphy, paintings, ceramics, woodcarvings, and gemstones. Covering an area of 721,182 square feet (67,000 square meters) in downtown Guangzhou, it looks like a jewel box from the outside with five floors above ground and one floor below. There are five permanent exhibitions in the museum: Guangdong History and Culture, Chaozhou Gilded Woodcarvings, Natural Resources, Ceramics, and Duan Inkstones.

Guangdong History and Culture
With an area of 43,056 square feet (4,000 square meters), this exhibition displays over 1,500 items, including relics, pictures, oil paintings, sculptures, and models. Using multi-media and reproductions, it presents the history of the province. The Liede Dragon Boat, Ivory Carving Tiered Food Carrier, and many other precious items can be seen in this exhibition.

It is divided into four sections according to a time line. The first section demonstrates the origin of the local people, the ethnic fusion process, and covers three main ethnic groups: Cantonese, Hakka, and Chaoshan People. Many rare items are displayed, such as a Maba Man Skull (the ancestors of local people), a Nanyue King Oil Painting, and Chaozhou Clay Sculptures. Tourists will be transported in the second section to the Maritime Silk Road to experience the wonderful course of this region's opening up to foreign countries with various exhibits, such as ceramics, Cantonese faience, Cantonese sculptures, and trade paintings. The third section reviews the contributions local people made in many important historical events in China's Modern History (1840 – 1949), while the fourth part presents their bravery during the Sino-Japanese War (1937 – 1945) through a large number of black-and-white photos.
Canton Style Furniture
Canton Style Furniture
Bronze Wine Vessel, Guangdong Provincial Museum
Bronze Wine Vessel

Chaozhou Gilded Woodcarvings
Chaozhou Gilded Woodcarving is a famous traditional craft school in China, popular in the east of Guangdong Province. It is renowned for its complicated patterns, exquisite and delicate designs, and glorious gold lacquering technique. More than 200 items are displayed here, such as shrines, censers, lunch boxes, and wooden screens. Traditional halls, bedrooms, and studies are reproduced to immerse visitors in the cultural atmosphere of Chaozhou.

Celadon Pot in Guangdong Provincial Museum
Celadon Pot
Natural Resources
This exhibition covers an area of 43,056 square feet (4,000 square meters).  Using simulation landscapes, pictures, samples, and other multi-media, it gives visitors a comprehensive understanding of the natural resources of the province from seven aspects: geologic landforms, minerals, gems, herbal medicines, terrestrial wildlife, sea creatures, and ancient animals.

Hailed as the Nation of Ceramics, there are plenty of kilns distributed throughout many parts of China. Through a half-century of collecting, Guangdong Museum has gathered a large selection of exquisite ceramics, including various Jingdezhen Ceramics, local Shek Wan Pottery, and Cantonese faience. This exhibition presents the history of Chinese ceramics from the Neolithic times to the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911) with 300 fine exhibits.
Duan Inkstones
Duan inkstones are native to Duanzhou (now Zhaoqing, Guangdong), ranking as the first of the Four Great Inkstones of China. Among the traditional local craftworks, Duan inkstone has the longest history. There are 1,000 Duan inkstones in the museum with the oldest ones dating from the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907). The exhibition introduces their history, quality, and workmanship in the 6,458-square-feet (600-square-meter) exhibit area with 200 inkstones on display.

By bus
1. Take bus 293, 499, or 886, and get off at Haixinsha Park Station. Enter the museum from the south gate.
2. Take bus 18, 293, 886, or 886A, and get off at Xiancun Road South Station. Enter from the north gate or the east gate.

By subway
1. Take subway line 3 or line 5, and get off at Zhujiang New Town (Zhujiang Xincheng) Station. Get out from Exit B1, and go straight to Guangzhou Opera House. Then walk 219 yards (200 m) east along Linjiang Avenue to the museum.
2. Take subway line 5, and get off at Liede Station. Get out from Exit D, and walk west along the Huacheng Avenue to Xiancun Road. Head south down the Xiancun Road, and you will find the museum on your right.
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Admission Fee: 1. The museum issues 5,000 free tickets a day.
2. Individuals can get tickets at the ticket office with a valid certification (such as ID card or passport).
3. Audio Guide: CNY 30 (CNY 200 deposit or valid certification is needed for each piece of equipment.)
Opening Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 (Ticketing Time: 8:50 – 16:00)
*Closed on Monday (Except the public holidays in China).

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