Aerial photo of Panlong City Ruins

The Panlong City Ruins, honored as the "root of Wuhan" for its history of 3,500 years, is located in Huangpi District. The ruins were discovered during a flood prevention project in 1954, and was later identified as an early Shang dynasty city site that boasts the most distinct layout and richest relics so far discovered along the Yangtze River valley.

This area was listed as one of the key cultural relic protection sites in China in 1988. The construction of Panlong City Ruins Academy, which comprises a core area of ruins and the Panlong City Ruins Museum, started in 2017. The core area of the ruins includes the city wall, the palace zone, the north moat, and the Lijiazui burial ground. It was open to the public in April, 2017.

Palace model of Panlong City

Construction of the museum is almost complete and is expected to open to the public by the end of 2018. After its opening, visitors will enjoy full Wi-Fi coverage within it, and will be able to enjoy quick access to information about the museum, including each item on display via tablet computers or smart phones. Automatic voice commentaries will also be provided for visitors to better appreciate the exhibits.