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Jinsha Excavation Site

The Jinsha Excavation Site and Museum is one of the great archaeological finds of the past 20 years. The site covers several burial pits that date back some 4500 years, each one filled with a vast collection of jade, gold and ivory figurines and artifacts. Archaeologists believe that the Jinsha and Sanxingdui sites both belong to a single civilization that flourished in Sichuan before mysteriously disappearing some 4000 years ago. The museum has several rooms dedicated to various aspects of the find, including one room housing the Golden Phoenix, a circle of gold in the shape of a phoenix that has since become one of the major symbols of Chengdu and Sichuan.

The museum grounds sprawl across a large park and the main building is built over the actual site, allowing visitors to peer into the ceremonial pits that meant so much to a civilization we know very little about.


80 yuan per person with annual tickets also available.


Address in English: No.2 Jinsha Relics Road, West of Chengdu

Address in Chinese: 成都市区金沙遗址路


Hours: 8am to 6pm daily

Website: Museum Website

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  1. Martin E Thornton June 3, 2013 at 10:20 pm #

    The Jinsha museum is a must see. I went a few months ago and it is beautiful to see the grounds, artifacts, and historical data. I only wish I had the time to visit the museum shop. There is a beautiful symbol there of sunbirds on a Fiyta watch, stainless, and many other Sunbird reminders. Great place!!

    • Charlie June 4, 2013 at 1:49 am #

      Agree – totally worth visiting!

  2. Aston Whiteman April 7, 2018 at 12:23 am #

    Planning on going to the Jinsha Museum today. Should be good!

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