Located in the heart of old downtown Shilong is the Shilong Museum. In these halls, you’ll bear witness to the ups and downs, affluence and adversity, and stability and turbulence of the smallest town in all of China.
Roughly 400 years ago, Shilong had been one of the most prosperous business centers in Guangdong, thanks to the advantageous location at the Dongjiang River. At the beginning of the 20th century, the opening of the Kowloon-Canton Railway revolutionarily changed freight transportation, and Shilong lost its key advantage of being a unique waterway hub for inland shipments. The town would not give up, though, and soon adapted to modern business models and its merchant culture was revived.
On the second floor of the museum, you’ll find halls dedicated to unfolding the history of Shilong. Climb upstairs to take a look at historic furniture from the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368-1911).
Stepping outside on Zhongshan Road, which is named after the revolutionary and political leader Sun Yat-sen that came to Shilong to battle the local warlord, you’ll be standing on the most affluent street built in 1929. The 1500-meter-long street was once crammed with all kinds of vendors, shops and banks selling everything from bamboo knitwear to shoes and drums. Although most of stores are now gone, some old veranda-style buildings are still standing and worth a visit.
English Subtitles: No
Business Hours: 09:00-11:30, 14:30-17:30, Monday closed
Phone: 769 8661 2066
Address: People’s Square, Taiping Rd, Shilong Town, Dongguan
Public Transportation: Xiandai Guangchang
(现代广场) bus stop on lines Shilong 1, 3, 5, 7 and 8.
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