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Banpo Museum

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Opening Hours

March - November: 8am - 6pm
December - February: 8am - 5.30pm

Entrance Ticket Prices

March - November: 55 yuan
December - February: 40 yuan

exhibit of neolithic pottery at the Banpo Museum in Xi'anexhibit of neolithic pottery at the Banpo Museum in Xi'anThe Banpo Museum in Xi'an opened to the public in 1958. It was built right next to the excavations of the prehistoric Banpo village. That is where relics of a 6000-year-old matriarchal community were unearthed that are now on display at the Banpo Museum. Our neolithic ancestors that once inhabited this site belonged to the Yangshao culture which is mentioned in the Prehistory section of this website. The Banpo people primarily used wood and stone tools. The men were mostly engaged in fishing while the women took care of most other tasks (incl. making pottery) while raising their kids.

It is estimated that the Banpo village was occupied from around 4800 BC to about 4000 BC. Most of the about 100 village houses were circular with sunken floors up to 1 meter deep. A few houses were square with rounded corners and there was also one large rectangular building that the Banpo people probably used for storage and gatherings. The village buildings were spread out over an area of 12.5 to 17.5 acres and a trench surrounded the village as a protective measure against dangerous wild animals and snakes.

excavated section of the Banpo village at the site hallexcavated section of the Banpo village at the site hallThe site of the ancient Banpo village was discovered by mere chance in October 1953 when workers of the Banpo work group excavated earth to make space for the foundations of a new factory building. After the remains of the neolithic village were discovered, the workers switched bosses and henceforth worked for the archeologists. As a way to honor the workers who had discovered it, the archeological site was eventually named Banpo. The Institute of Archaeology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences took over responsibility for the excavations which were the largest at that time in China.

The Banpo Museum consists of two exhibition halls and a site hall that altogether provide about 4500 square meters of exhibit space. In the two sections of the first exhibition hall, you will find the various prehistoric relics displayed that were unearthed at the Banpo site. These exhibits include both production tools and domestic tools that the Banpo people used back then (axes, chisels, sickles, stone and pottery knives) as well as artwork and adornments. The second exhibition hall is used for various temporary exhibitions that deal with topics such as ethnology, folklore and prehistoric art.

The 3000-square-meter site hall of the Banpo Museum provides visitors with a good overview of the excavated sections of the Banpo site. You will be walking on elevated walkways that lead around each of the three excavation sections. There is a residential section, a pottery making section and a burial section. The residential section with its primitive huts is the largest of the three sections and the main part of the prehistoric Banpo village. In the pottery making section you will see the ancient kilns that were used to create pottery and the burial section displays the tombs of these ancient humans.

Entrance of the Banpo Museum in Xi'anEntrance of the Banpo Museum in Xi'an

How to get to the Banpo Museum in Xi'an?

Address: Banpo Museum, 155 Banpo Road, Baqiao district, Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China
Tel.Nr.: +86 29 8351 2807 (Ticket Office)
Air: Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (XIY)
Train: Xi'an Railway Station, Xi'an North Railway Station, Xi'an South Railway Station
Metro: Banpo Station - Subway Line 1
Take Exit A and walk westward for ~ 5 min, then turn south to walk along Banpo Road for ~ 2 min
Bus: Banpo Bowuguan Station (bus lines: 105, 269, 406, 416);
Banpo Hub Station (bus lines: 11, 15, 38, 42, 105, 169, 213, 231, 233, 237, 241, 241 branch line, 246, 270, 275, 301, 307, 401, 406, 511, 715 or Shiyuan Line 2) - then walk ~ 600 m southward

Recommended Hotel near Xi'an's Banpo Museum

The hotel that is introduced in detail below is the closest 4 or 5-star hotel to the Banpo Museum in Xi'an. The provided information was thoroughly researched from various hotel booking websites. Chinese History Digest is not responsible if any information regarding the provided services and amenities might have changed.

Time Tunnel Designer Hotel

outside view of the Time Tunnel Designer Hotel in Xi'anThe Time Tunnel Designer Hotel in Xi'an is a 4-star hotel that is located just a short walk away from the Banpo Museum. The hotel is housed inside a former industrial building complex at the Banpo International Art Zone. There are a number of galleries, sculpture & pottery studios and ateliers in the immediate vicinity of the Time Tunnel Designer Hotel. Xi'an's city center is about 12km away and reaching the Xi'an Xianyang International Airport will usually take about 40 minutes. Airport transfer can be requested when making the room reservation and booked for an additional fee. The best way to reach the city center is by metro from the nearby Banpo Station which is only a 5-minute stroll away from the hotel.

All rooms of the Time Tunnel Designer Hotel in Xi'an are air-conditioned (heating is available as well) and equipped with a refrigerator, minibar and international satellite TV. The hotel also has family rooms and suites and both smoking and non-smoking rooms can be requested. Free Wi-Fi is available in all rooms. Free Chinese-style breakfast is included when staying at this hotel and free bottled water and complimentary tea are provided in the rooms. Laundry service and luggage storage are available. The hotel provides 24-hour room service, daily housekeeping and private check in/check out. Trips to the world-famous Terracotta Warriors can be arranged (for a fee). The hotel includes a restaurant within its premises. As far as entertainment and relaxation is concerned, guests have the option to play billiards and darts, sing karaoke at special KTV game rooms or chill out at the hotel's garden.

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