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Pearl River Delta Sights

Museum of the Tomb of the Nan Yue King (Xīhàn nán yuè wáng bó wù guăn)

  • 867 Jiefang Bei Lu
  • Liwan

Updated 06/10/2013

Fodor's Review

In 1983 bulldozers clearing ground for the China Hotel uncovered the intact tomb of Emperor Wen Di, who ruled Nan Yue (southern China) from 137 to 122 BC. The tomb was restored and its treasures placed in the adjoining Nan Yue Museum. The tomb contained the skeletons of the king and 15 courtiers—guards, cooks, concubines, and a musician—who were buried alive to attend him in death. Also buried were several thousand funerary objects, clearly designed to show off the

accomplishments of the southern empire. The tomb—built of stone slabs—is behind the museum and is remarkably compact.

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Sight Information


867 Jiefang Bei Lu, around the corner from the China Hotel, Guangzhou, 510015, China



Sight Details:

  • Y12
  • Daily 9–5:30; last admission 4:45

Updated 06/10/2013


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May 20, 2005

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I was there in 1999. The musuem has artifacts inside, such as a protective outfit - kinda likes a knight's outfit - made from blocks of jade. Inside there is also a gift shop where you can buy wonderful paintings, scrolls, and chi paos. Outside visitors can actually walk through the tomb. It was reportedly discovered in the mid '80s during an excavation to build a shopping store or something.

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