Attraction 95 Dajing Alley, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou, China Published on: 30-08-2016
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Why Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Hu Qing Yu Tang) is special ?
The Huqingyu Tang Chinese Medicine Museum is a professional museum focused on traditional Chinese herbal medicine. The museum is located at the Drum Tower grand street and showcases many cultural relics that are under the protection of the Chinese government. The museum was built in 1874 to house the relics, which mark the different milestones in Chinese herbal medicine. The museum has a very authentic feel to it since it is located in the ancient building that used to house the famous Chinese herbal medicine shop in Hangzhou. The shop started operating as a pharmacy way back in 1874 and was owned by Hu Xueyan, a merchant during the Qing dynasty who also had an official role in the imperial court
What to explore at Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Hu Qing Yu Tang)?
The museum has an area of more than 4,000 square meters. It contains the display exhibition hall, the medicine workshop exhibition hall, the clinic for preserving one’s health, business hall, and the medicine diet restaurant.
When you go into the display exhibition hall, you will get to know the developmental history of traditional Chinese medicines. You will also know some interesting stories about the famous men, such as Hua Tuo, Bian Que, and Li Shizhen, etc.
In the medicine workshop exhibition hall, the experienced workmen will perform how to make medicine pills, how to cut Chinese medicines, etc. Tourists may also have a try. It is an interesting experience.
Visitors can buy traditional Chinese medicinesVisitors buy traditional Chinese medicines
There is a clinic for preserving one’s health. The famous herbalist doctors will teach visitors a lot of ways to keep fit.
The business hall is a place for visitors to buy the traditional Chinese medicines. You may choose the best medicine from famous medicine shops all around China.
The medicine diet restaurant is an essential part of the museum. It combines Chinese traditional medicine with Chinese dishes very well. Visitors may keep healthy while eating Chinese dishes.
Besides, there are some very precious tools for making Chinese medicine, for example, the top grade national cultural relic - “Golden Shovel, Silver Pan” attracts visitors a lot.
All in all, in the museum, you will amaze at the history and culture of traditional Chinese medicines. There are a lot of things waiting for you to explore.
How to get to Museum of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Hu Qing Yu Tang)?
Take bus no. Y8, Y10, 25, 35, 51 (Inner Line), 108, 187, 212, 327 or 992, and get off at Wushan Station. Then walk toward east along Hefang Pedestrian Street around 601 yards (550 meters) to reach there.
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95 Dajing Alley, Shangcheng District, Hangzhou, China
Tips for you
The museum is housed in a beautiful building which was the original pharmacy opened in 1874. The ground floor is a large spacious room lined with counters, jars & medicines, which is still an operating shop for Chinese medicine. Upstairs is the museum with a fascinating history of the development of Chinese medicine. In the central courtyard there are many pots full of medicinal plants.
If you have an interest in science or health or both, this place helps you to realise the lives that were dedicated to developing our modern day medicines. Building has awesome architecture, can purchase medicines there if you are game, and get a good close up of different herbs, plants and animals used in Chinese medicine.