Dali Bai Nationality Autonomous Prefecture Museum

Dali Bai Nationality Autonomous Prefecture Museum is near the Erhai, located in the east of Erhai South Road in Xiaguan Town of Dali City, Yunnan Province. It was a local synthetic Museum, built in 1986, and has a total area of 8 acres. It is really a garden Museum with strong local ethnic minority's characteristics which combines ancient Dali architectural styles and Bai architectural styles. The museum is also the central institution where the government of Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture conducts cultural relic research, excavations, collecting, exhibiting and so on.

Dali Bai Nationality Autonomous Prefecture Museum

Dali Bai Nationality Autonomous Prefecture Museum is the first Autonomous Prefecture Museum in Yunnan Province. Although it has a history of less than 30 years, Dali City has a history of more than 4,000 years. Nanzhao Kingdom (738-902) and Dali Kingdom (937-1253) were set up successively in Dali, thus the museum has amassed a considerable collection. Which is a compilation of Dali history, and through that people can appreciate the charms of the historical civilizations in Dali.

It holds more than 7,000 sub-collections including historical, ethical, revolutionary and cultural relics, fine marbles and other materials. Among these are many items found nowhere else in the world but the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture Museum. These include a Dali Bronze Drum, Serial Bells, etc. from the time of the Warring States (476BC-221BC); the Earthenware House and the Earthenware Horses from the Western Han (206 BC - 24 AD) to the Jin Dynasty (265-420); Buddhist Maitreya's Pictures made of different materials, fine natural marble pictures like 'A Peacock in his Pride' from the Nanzhao Kingdom and the Dali Kingdom.

Dali Bai Nationality Autonomous Prefecture Museum Yunnan China

Dali Bai Nationality Autonomous Prefecture Museum has delightful surroundings. Its exhibition hall shows the clear domestic house architectural style of Bai---- 'Three rooms and one wall screening, four joints and five courtyards'. The layout of the Museum adopts symmetric forms. All of its constructions seem to be one integrated mass, reflected in the surrounding pines and cypress. Dali Bai Nationality Autonomous Prefecture Museum itself is a great architectural work of art of the Bai ethnic minority.

The Nanzhao Kingdom and Dali Kingdom historical relics and the ethnic relics of Bai Nationality are the most important exhibitions. The art of bronze and ceramic sculptures are the mainstay. Besides, there are showing the revolutionary story of the patriots in Dali and historical sites where the Red Army passed by here during their Long March. So, it is indeed worth visiting Dali Bai Nationality Autonomous Prefecture Museum when traveling in Dali.


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