Jingzhou in Hubei, formerly known as the famous city of Jiangling. Its ancient walled city was originally built during the Three Kingdoms Period. Many artifacts have been excavated from many tombs in this city.
► Ancient City
In the Spring and Autumn period (770-476 B.C.) the city was the capital of Kingdom of Chu. Its earth-structure walls were firstly built in the third century ordered by Guan Yu, a hero of the Three Kingdoms era. Later in the Ming Dynasty, it was reconstructed with bricks and stones. The existing one is extended in the Qing Dynasty and known as the best preserved.
The solid rampart surrounded by moats boast as a iron-case with slab basements and bricks walls. Sticky rice poured into the crevice to reinforce solidity. Having been the capital of over twenty kingdoms, it has rich excavations of Chu Culture.
► Jingzhou Museum
Situated in Jingzhou Zhong Lu, Jingzhou Museum was firstly built during the period of Kuaiyuan Reign of the Tang Dynasty. The history museum boasts a collection of over 100,000 relics concerning the 6000-year Chu Culture, which has 5 theme exhibitions on stone, pottery, bronze, lacquer ware and silks.
Exhibition Hall and Treasure Hall are worth a visit. Laid with green tiles and Chu-style decorations, there are rich collections of excavations. In particular an important collection of lacquer ware, 2,000-year-old silk garments and fabrics featured with exquisite patterns and an almost perfectly preserved male corpse of a Han-dynasty official, are exhibited. The embroidery clothing, polychrome brocades and silk ribbons are peculiar