Approximately 25 minutes by car from Hangzhou city center in Liangzu stands this museum, which is housed in a contemporary building whose façade seems to resemble the jade relics on display inside. The building was designed by British architect David Chipperfield and is Zhejiang Province’s only “themed museum.”
The theme, “Liangzu Culture: Evidencing the 5,000 year old Chinese Civilization,” is covered over three halls via 1,000 precious relics dating back 4,300 to 5,300 years. Through artifacts, pictures, models and interactive touchscreens (the latter not in English), the museum runs visitors through an archeological journey beginning with the discovery of the Liangzu site and on to the recognition and verification of the Liangzu culture and its civilization. If you’re not already drooling at the thought of learning about the “recognition of a civilization,” then there is also a section dedicated to interactive games and a 4D movie theater.