Zigong is a city about 1 hour drive
away from Neijiang.
The city is famous for salt production, and also for
its dinosaur museum. The museum is located in Dashanpu
in Zigong city - it is located at the actual site
where dinosaur remains were discovered, covering an
area of 25,000 square meters. There are over 40 locations
within the city where dinosaur fossil were found,
but the location where the museum is has the highest
concentration of buried fossils.
The location of the dinosaur fossils
were first discovered in 1972. The fossils are from
the Meso-Jurassic period, about 160 million years
ago. At this location, over 100 dinosaur remains have
been excavated, and about 30 of them are complete
There are three parts of the exhibition.
The first section provides some general knowledge
about dinosaur fossils, evolution of dinosaurs, and
geological periods. The second section is a large
display hall with complete dinosaur fossils assembled
(see photo above and below).
The third section is a section of
land covering about 1000 square meters that shows
dinosaur fossils in its original settings when the
site was uncovered. The area is closed off with railings,
but visitors can get a good view of the excavation
site, and see dinosaur fossils that are still in the
ground. (See photo below)