Palace model of Panlong City. Photo by Wu Jiahao

The Panlong City Ruins Museum started a trial operation on Jan. 1. Though the museum is currently not available to individual visitors, groups can make reservations to visit the site during the trial period. It is required that group reservations should have from five to forty members.

During the trial period, the museum will be open for free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day (except Mondays and national holidays). For group visits, there is a fee for a guider. Reservations can be made three to five days prior to the visit on the official website or via the WeChat account of the Panlong City Ruins Academy.

The Panlong City Ruins is a Shang dynasty archaeological site that is located in the northern suburbs of Wuhan. It is honored as the "Root of Wuhan" for its history of 3,500 years. The ruins boasts the most distinct layout and
richest relics so far discovered along the Yangtze River valley. This area has been designated a key cultural relics protection site in China.

The construction of the Panlong City Ruins Museum officially started on Aug. 26, 2016. The museum covers an area of 40,000 square meters and has a building area of 16,300 square meters. Its permanent exhibition showcases the layout of the ruins, its discovery, and related research.