The museum is located on three acres at the western foot of Tortoise Hill and is the original site of one of the two Southern Song Dynasty Imperial Kilns (the emperor must have gone through a lot of pottery). The first exhibition hall deals strictly with guan, or imperial pottery, while the second building in the complex takes you through the history of ceramics in China and how it was used in daily life. You can really soak up a lot of info in these halls, especially since there are English explanations. In the second area, there's a DIY workshop where you can throw and glaze your own wares. Our advice, wait for warmer weather. No one can throw a pot in this temperature. One of our favorite parts of the complex is the building to the north that houses the excavated remains of the workshop area and the Dragon Kiln that was used to fire the emperor's prized porcelain. Very cool. After touring the grounds, you can pop into the gift shop to see if something catches your fancy, or you can hop on down the road to the Ceramics Market to pick up some more practical pottery for the house.
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