Type of locality: Museum
Location: Shandan City, Gansu Province
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GPS co-ordinates: N38.78122 E101.09005
Cost: Free to visit
Access: In theory the museum is open during working hours, but is often closed – contact Shandan Bailie School for assistance in organising a tour.
This museum contains a stunning collection of artifacts collected by Rewi Alley, and donated to the city of Shandan on his death. They come from surrounding countryside, often found as he explored or farmed areas of land. Only about 1/4 of the collection is on display; a larger museum is being built in 2015, which should enable the entire collection to be displayed, along with more interpretation panels.
Extract from a Shandan directory – explaining the origin of the Shandan museum artifacts – why Rewi Alley donated them to this small town instead of one of the larger cities.
This article is based on a report by Jane Furkert of her work: ‘An Independent Travellers’ Guide to Rewi Alley Locations in China, 2016’, that was funded by the Rewi Alley Friendship and Exchange (RAFE) Fund.