Largest maritime museum opens in Shanghai

13:01, July 06, 2010      

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The first national maritime museum was officially opened in Pudong district of Shanghai on July 6.

The first national maritime museum was officially opened in Pudong district of Shanghai today.

Ministry of Transport Minister Li Shenglin and the Shanghai municipal party secretary Yu Zhengsheng sent letters to express congratulations.

The vice Minister of the Ministry of Transport Xu Zuyuan, the vice mayor of Shanghai Shen Jun and president of the International Congress of Maritime Museum Frits Loomeijer attended the opening ceremony.

It is reported that the Shanghai-China maritime museum is the largest comprehensive maritime museum in China and is also the world's largest professional maritime museum.

Currently, there are more than 10,000 collections in the museum, of which several thousand cultural relics are on display.

The white-canvas-like museum covers an area of 24,000 square meters. It contains six exhibition halls including the maritime history hall, the ships hall, the harbor hall, the marine and maritime safety hall, sailors’ hall and military navigation hall.

The most attractive exhibit is a replica of a giant Ming dynasty boat that is displayed in the first floor hall. It is rebuilt at a 1:1 ratio that is in full accordance with the ship model, which was used by the famous Chinese Ming dynasty adventurer Zheng He. The replica boat can actually sail in the sea and visitors can also experience what it is like on board.

By Li Mu, People's Daily Online


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