Located in the middle of Dongguan’s industrial Hengli Town, the museum offers a satisfying cultural escape for people interested in Chinese culture and antiques (or alpacas and talking birds).
Most of the exhibited pieces were collected by a local family—surnamed Chen—that later moved to Hong Kong during the 1970s. “I’m especially proud of our museum, to be entitled as a national AAAA tourist attraction in such a small town,” said Wen Xi, a senior guide.
In the two-floor Hui-style siheyuan (Chinese quadrangles), Chinese paintings, delicate porcelain and china, ancient copperware, precious stones, and Ming & Qing Dynasty (1368-1911) furniture is neatly laid around differently themed rooms.
The museum is especially proud of their blue and white pottery and dishes salvaged from sunken ships in Indonesia. It is estimated that they belonged to the marine expedition and trading fleet led by Zheng He (1371–1433) along the ancient Maritime Silk Road. Besides this, other treasures include extremely rare, sculpted stones to notable wooden furniture.
After an intensive tour of antiques and relics, woods and stones, pots and necklaces, be sure to spend some time around the pond. No, not to see the prized koi fish, but the incredibly entertaining birds at the corner of the garden.
There, mynahs and parrots jump up and down, ready to say hello and offer two Spring Festival blessings “gōng xǐ fā cái” (wish you prosperity) and “xīn xiǎng shì chéng” (may all your wishes come true). Really, they talk.
Arts de Chine Museum
English Subtitles: Partial
Business Hours: Mon-Sun 09:00-17:00
Admission: 50 RMB
Phone: 769 8191-7999 / 8117 2888
Address: No. 129, Caixia Rd, Tiantou Village, Hengli Town, Dongguan
Huarun Shangchang (华润商场) bus stop on lines 807, 817, 837, 852, 868, Dongkeng 11, Hengli 2, 3a, 6 & 7).
Tiantou Gongye Qu (田头工业区) bus stop on line Hengli 8.