The Guangfulin Cultural Relics Protection Site is praised as a place that “breathes thousands of years of the history of Shanghai.” Its history, culture and its scenery are so rich they cannot be comprehended in only one visit. There you go: Your visiting card for Guangfulin!
Here, you can see how farmers in ancient times took care of the ecological protection of their land, and experience the most authentic rural scenery! There are also a cultural exhibition hall, an archaeological sites exhibition hall, a hotel business and so on.
But speaking of Guangfulin, we can’t miss the magical underwater museum either.
The roof of the Guangfulin Cultural Exhibition Hall, as it is officially called, protrudes above the surface of Fulin lake, but the whole exhibition space is located underwater.
Entering the exhibition hall, we have the impression of descending into the ground and going back to ancient times. The hall’s design is based on the concept of “a journey through time and space”. In the time tunnel, visitors can experience and see where Shanghai has come from and where it may be headed, through scenes representing not only Guangfulin’s archeological past, but also the prosperous city landscape of modern Songjiang.
How did we live on this land thousands of years ago? How did we come down from generation to generation to inherit this great culture?
These sympathetic scenes of the life of people in the Shanghai area in ancient times attempt to give you an answer.
At night, the museum is even more beautiful.
Another interesting site is the Zhiye Zen Temple with its long history.
Master Zhiye funded the construction of the temple, which is still called the Zhiye Temple by the common people. The Zhiye Bridge was also named after him and his tomb serves as his memorial to this very day.
Sanyuan Palace is the oldest place of worship in Guangfulin.
Duyun Academy was built by Cao Tai, the son of Cao Chen of Guangfulin. Today, it’s a multi-functional place where you can read and purchase books, visit conferences, exhibitions and lectures or just relax.
At the end of the central axis after the gate, there is a core landmark – the Bone Needle Square, in the middle of which stands a bone needle that symbolizes the tool that our ancestors used to weave clothes and fishing nets.
There are several half-buried buildings in the north of the core conservation area, which look like damaged ancient pottery. These buildings are the excellent Exhibition Hall of Guangfulin Archaeology and, most important of all, the Exhibition Hall of Guangfulin.
The Museum of Ancient Pottery displays more than 500 fine ancient pottery items, including representative works from different periods ranging from 3700 BC to 907 BC.
In the park, there are the Chen Zilong Memorial Hall, Chen Zilong’s tomb, the Songjiang Fine Art Museum, the Wood Art Inheritance Exhibition Hall and other exhibition halls.
Editor: Tang Jinyuan