Silk Road Site Museum of Bashbaliq City Opens to the Public


On July 14, 2022, the Silk Road Site Museum of Bashbaliq City in Jimsar county, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region was officially opened to the public.

Bashbaliq City, commonly known in China as Beiting, was once an important transportation hub and trade transit station in northern Xinjiang. It is one of the six sites of the world heritage -- Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang'an-Tianshan Corridor -- in Xinjiang.

The museum is composed of four galleries featuring such themes as “Legend of the Silk Road”, “Establishment and Governance of the Western Regions”, “Culture of Bashbaliq City”, and “Rebirth of Bashbaliq City”. It offers a permanent display of 530 selected fine cultural relics such as pottery zun vessel and pitcher with chicken head-shaped spout, accompanied by video, images and text, presenting audiences ancient Silk Road knowledge and the origins and historical evolution of the Silk Road. It let the public revisit the construction, use and maintenance of military and political facilities in Anxi and Bashbaliq protectorates that evidence the governance over the Western Regions by the ruling dynasties of the Central Plains, and gain a sense of cultural exchanges and integration of the Han Chinese and other ethnicities from the Han to Tang dynasties.

The Silk Road Site Museum of Bashbaliq City is the first museum featuring the story of the Silk Road ever constructed in Xinjiang. It focuses on the presentation of Bashibaliq City as a World Cultural Heritage site, aiming to fully leverage cultural resources to carry on cultural legacy, explore the value of cultural resource and elements and let cultural heritage and history speak.

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