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China Silk Museum
Located at the foot of the Jade Emperor Hill to the south of West Lake, China Silk Museum, open to the public on February 26, 1992, is a national theme museum. It covers a floor space of more than 10,000 square meters. The museum is composed of 8 exhibition halls, including those of General Introduction, Silk Cultural Relics, National Customs and Practice, Silkworm Raising and Cocoons, Silk Reeling, Silk Weaving, Silk Dyeing and Modern Achievements. Silk cultural relics of different times in Chinese history are on display, ranging from the New Stone Age to the present days. Take for example, the silks unearthed in Qianshanyang Village of Huzhou in Zhejiang is dated back to 4700 years ago. Most precious are remains of white silk cicada slough unearthed in the tombs of the Han Dynasty in Mawangdui in Changsa of Hunan Province and the brocade of the Han Dynasty unearthed at the Loulan Site in Xinjiang Province. In the museum visitors can also see the silk production tools of the ancient times in China like silkworm raising tools, silk reeling, weaving and dyeing machines and the silk production line as well as the scenes of production activities of the early laboring people. In addition, visitors can also appreciate the rich and varied silk culture and local customs and practice related to silkworm raising and silk production, including folk tales about silkworm god, sacrificial ceremony for silkworm raising, silkworm raising ground, and silkworm cocoon harvesting festival. In the hall of modern achievements, famous silk products are on display, showing the achievements that have been made since the founding of New China. China Silk Museum has also become one of the tourist destinations in Hangzhou.

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