The Banpo Museum, located about three miles east of Xian, was founded in 1958 and is based on the site of a Neolithic settlement that, before its 20th century discovery, had been in existence for around 6000 years. The Banpo village is centred around a 160sq metre large room surrounding by a number of smaller rooms. The Banpo village is circumvented by a 300m-long trench to keep wild animals away, and there was a portion set aside for pottery making and a cemetery. The 46 houses inside the commune come in several shapes and sizes, but they do appear to use traditional Chinese building methods using wood and earth.
The Banpo Matriarchal Clan Community Village is an extension of the museum based on archeological findings. The entire village enriches the cultural connotation of the museum and carries forward the long and splendid history of China at the same time. A reconstruction of a Banpo house gives some idea of what it was like to live in the village, with skins, tools and water-catching vessels. Tableaus of fishermen, fruit-gatherers and hunters give the visitor an insight into all areas of the daily life in Banpo.More exhibitions focus on the 147-body cemetery, as well as the pottery-making area - and a display of tools, needles and weapons shows authentic finds from the area.
Location: Banpo Road, N.01, Xian; Opening Hours: Daily 9:00am to 5.30:00pm; Contact number: + 86-10-58968802 Tickets: CNY35/25
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