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Wuxi China Silk Industry Museum

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Wuxi Silk Industry Museum

Overview

The China Silk Industry Museum is located on Nanchang Street, right under the Dagong Bridge, this museum has been built on the site of the old Yongtai Silk Factory, owned by Xue Nanmin (1862-1918), a local business tycoon. The China Silk Industry Museum in Wuxi near the Grand Canal is a witness of the city’s prosperous silk business in history. Wuxi, home to silk production since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), has the largest number of silk factories in China, and is famed for producing the most and best quality silk. 

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In the 1930s, Wuxi's reputation as "capital of silk" was justified for the output, quality and export value of silk and ranked first among other cities in China. The "Jinshuanglu" (Gold Double Deer) raw silk produced by Yongtai was given a gold medal at the 1964 New York World's Fair, and it became popular on the global market. Today, the glory of the former "port of silk" is on record at the museum. The silk theme is used everywhere from the huge metal depiction of a cocoon installed at front of the museum to the cocoon-shaped pendant lamps inside. One of the highlights of the exhibition is a complete set of silk reeling machines — the only such set remaining in the city. As the most advanced machine in China at that time, the set is comprised of different small parts used to select and cook cocoons, then reel and process silk. 

Travel Guide

Opening Hours: 9am-8:30pm
Admission Fee: CNY 20
Address: No. 364 Nanchang Street, Nanchang District, Wuxi

How to get to Wuxi China Silk Industry Museum

Bus route:
1. Take bus No. 67 and get off Nanchang Street
2. Take bus No. 19 and get off Miaoguang Bridge

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