I visited Guangzhou province during the last week of my trip. As soon as I stepped off the bullet train (the speed of this train reached a whopping 306 km/h!) and into the train station, I finally felt like I wasn’t deaf and mute anymore. I could understand what people were saying and communicate with civilization again! There were Mandarin speakers sprinkled here and there but the majority of the population here speaks Cantonese.
One of the places we visited was the Museum of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King. I had no idea the tomb in the museum belonged to a king until I started writing this post. Keep in mind that I can’t read any Chinese so I had no clue what the museum is called. I couldn’t say in this post I went to some museum with a tomb because it defeats the purpose of being a travel blogger who recommends places to visit. So in Google, I searched “Guangzhou museum tomb”. The entrance of the Mausoleum of the Nanyue King museum came up and I recognized it instantly. I couldn’t believe this tomb was discovered in downtown Guangzhou and it actually belonged to a king!
The museum housed a lot of artefacts from thousands of years ago. The most memorable artefacts for me would be the amount of ancient pillows on display.
When we think of pillows, those soft and comfy pieces of fluff, which we rest our heads on after a long day, come to mind. These ancient pillows people used back then look far from comfortable. All of them had intricate drawings, writings and designs and always had a curvature on the ceramic block. Considering the amount of detail and attention put into each piece, I think they are works of art. I can’t imagine what it must feel like to rest your head on one of these for long hours.
The tomb itself was the below the museum. Looking down on the tomb, visitors can see the layout of where each chamber is. Visitors are also allowed to walk inside the tomb and explore each room, which surprised me because all this daily foot traffic must not be good for preserving this excavation. I thought the tomb would be bigger but it only had a couple of chambers and the walls weren’t that high. Anyone taller than 6ft would probably need to duck to enter the chambers. I also expected the chambers to be filled with stuff or have some small reconstruction showing where things were. Instead, each room was empty, you walk in, take your pictures and that was that. I don’t recommend this attraction for those who are claustrophobic, the tomb has small and tight spaces that could make you feel uncomfortable.
If you enjoy museums, put this Mausoleum on your list. The things you get to see will whisk you back to ancient times.