|Entrance - For SOOC.|
The museum tries to portray the significance of Admiral Zhen He's seven voyages in the ancient maritime silk route. In those days, this maritime route was equally important like the silk road route that linked East to West.
This maritime route stretches from the South China sea, across the Indian Ocean and connects to the Roman Empire along the Red sea. It is considered as the oldest trade route since 200 BCE. Besides trade, it also helped in nourishing International relationships and cultural exchange.
This museum houses some of the artifacts collected from 8 major ports along this route and in this post I try to picturize my experience!
|Chinese navigation instruments - Qunazhou, China|
|Bamboo products from - Qui Nhon, Vietnam|
|Colorful puppets - Palembang, Indonesia|
|Model Ship - Melaka, Malaysia|
|Mats and vessels - Galle, Srilanka|
|Snake Charmer - Calicut, India|
|Arabian Navigation aid Kamal - Muscat, Oman|
|Exotic products and animals - Malindi, Kenya|
It had some interactive displays and games, which reflects ancient mariners life. The interior of the museum was interesting as well!
|Miniature ships hanging in midair|
And the souvenir shop curios...
|Gift items - exorbitantly priced^^|
As for the typhoon show, well, you can watch it once, especially for that starlit ocean view. However, the typhoon and underwater experience was below average, anyway here is a shot that I took before and after the show.
|Typhoon Theater, before the Show - Chinese village view|
|Typhoon Theater after the Show - Under the ocean view|