China Museum for Fujian-Taiwan Kinship
Address: 212 East Beiqing Road, Fengze district, Quanzhou, Fujian province
Website: www.mtybwg.org.cn (Cn)
Hours: 9:00 - 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed Mondays (except for national holidays)
General admission: For free (passport required for entry)
Opened in 2006, the China Museum for Fujian-Taiwan Kinship is a national museum dedicated to the historical relationship between the Chinese mainland's Fujian province and Taiwan. It is located in the northwest of Quanzhou, a historic and cultural city in ancient China, with the scenic spot Qingyuan Mountain to its north and the beautiful West Lake to its south. The museum receives nearly one million visitors every year.
Covering an area of 10.28 hectares, the museum houses a large variety of items including ceramics, jades, embroideries, engravings, sculptures, paintings and calligraphy.
There are four floors in the museum, providing a total exhibition area of 7,355 square meters. At the entrance hall of the main building hangs a huge-scaled wall painting created by the world renowned contemporary artist Cai Guoqiang, a descendent of Quanzhou residing in the United States. The painting is made of paper and gunpowder, which are two of the four great inventions of ancient China, to convey the root-sharing theme of both Fujian and Taiwan.
The second floor, as the heart of the museum, is divided into seven parts dedicated to the geographical, ancestral, legal, commercial, cultural, religious and custom relations between Fujian and Taiwan going back for generations. There are two relief stone sculptures, 16 meters long and 4.5 meters wide, displaying the Matsu goddess as well as the cultural landscapes of both Fujian and Taiwan.
The third floor shows the folk cultures shared by Fujian and Taiwan, with exhibits arranged according to the themes of the four seasons respectively. There are also settings of old streets, opera stages and memorial archways on this floor, representing the distinctive historical landscapes of Fujian and Taiwan.
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