Dali Municipal Museum

The Dali Municipal Museum (or Dali City Museum) is located at the southern section of the Fuxing Roag in Dali City, covering an area of 21,510 square meters (about 5.3 acres).

Dali Municipal Museum once named the Marshal Mansion, which was former residence of Du Wenxiu (1828-1872). Du is well known for leading the Hui ethnic minority revolt against the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) in 1856. Once Du conquered Dali, he was elected Marshal of the military forces and the original mansion of Yunnan Province thus his house was re-named the Marshal Mansion. The battle lasted 18 years. The mansion was destroyed soon after Du's defeat in 1872. And then the mansion was restored in 1884.

Dali City Museum, Yunnan, China

After extensive renovations it returned the mansion to its yesterday glory, and opened to the public as a museum in 1987. The 360 meters (1181 feet) high wall once surrounding the mansion can now only be found in the southern section of the estate. The museum is consisting of a front hall, a back hall, Meridian Gates and two floral halls. There is also military-political-affair setup, living rooms, studies, storerooms and so on functional rooms.

The northern Flora Hall showcases stoneware, crockery, bronze implements, porcelains, and jade articles that were excavated in and around Dali. The southern Flora Hall has over 120 pieces of stone steles carved in different dynasties ranging from Song Dynasty (960-1279) to Qing Dynasty on display, which reputed as the most influential forest of steles in Yunnan Province. These exhibits provide valuable materials and historical data tracking the development of the local culture in the past dynasties. In addition, on display throughout the museum there are wood carvings, stone carvings, jade carvings, calligraphies and paintings. Among them, the wood carving 'Manjusri Bodhisattva Riding on a Lion' has received recognition worldwide while exhibiting in Japan and Switzerland during the 1990s.

Dali Municipal Museum China

The mansion was listed as a culture relic under provincial protection in 1993. And for the significance of Du Wenxiu's uprising and his resistance to the control by Qing Dynasty, the mansion was appointed as the Patriotism Education Base in 1998 by the Yunnan Provincial Party Committee and the People's Government of Yunnan Province. Dali Municipal Museum provides important information for the historical and cultural study of Dali, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties and Yunnan Dali.

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