Introduction of the museum
Fangchenggang Museum, also known as Beibu Gulf Marine Culture Museum, is located in Harmony West Street, the administrative center of Fangchenggang City, Guangxi Province. It covers an area of 42 acres, with a construction area of 15,975 square meters and an exhibition area of about 7,000 square meters. It is the only museum in the Beibu Gulf area with marine culture as its theme and a comprehensive prefecture-level city museum that displays local history and ethnic folklore.
The main building of the museum is designed like a conch. The exterior and interior decoration are mainly blue, which is designed to highlight the coastal culture of Fangchenggang. The basic exhibition consists of four parts: “the magical marine ecology”, “a colorful marine culture”, “a long and rich Fangchenggang history and folk customs”, “Custom of the border area·Custom of the sea· Richness of the Mountain – Fangchenggang Intangible Cultural Heritage”. In addition, there are public cultural facilities such as temporary exhibition halls, reception rooms, and souvenir shops. There are nearly 11,000 pieces of cultural relics in the collection, of which marine features exhibits take up to a quarter of the total collections (about 3,000 pieces). In addition to historical, ethnic, and folk collections, there are also unique local artifacts such as “Qin State—Border of Qing Dynasty” monument, and Jing nationality water cigarette cans.
Name of cultural relic: Tanpeng Canal and Stone Carvings
The Tanpeng Canal, which was excavated in the Tang Dynasty, is an important canal facility in the ancient Beibu Gulf area that travels to and from Annan. It is called “Tianweiyao” as it cuts Jiangshan Peninsula that extends into the sea into half and connects two bays. As a matter of fact, it was the only sea canal in ancient China. It is a precious relic of the ancient Fangchenggang area participating in the Maritime Silk Road and is of great value. Through archaeological excavation, our museum has discovered that there are 11 stone carvings on the stone wall of the Tanpeng Canal. Among them, "Tian Xia Tai Ping (means world peace)", "Hunan Jun Kai Liu Dao” (means Hunan Army opens six roads), "3rd Year of Yuanhe ", "9th year of Xiantong” and the Tang Dynasty characters are most representative.
According to the overview of the Tanpeng Canal, the stone carvings, the images and their cultural connotations, the participating teams/individuals are required to fully reflect the history of the ancient Fangchenggang City participating in the Maritime Silk Road, and to make the canal culture vivid, interesting and artistic. The relics of the Maritime Silk Road should be materialized and brought closer to the public. Design works include, but are not limited to, household items, stationery, toys, crafts, prints, etc. The works should be cultural, functional, creative and market-oriented, and can be transformed into products that can be produced and sold.
Tanpeng Canal and Stone Carvings