Nanjing Yuhua Stone Museum
A moderate-sized, one-story museum devoted solely to Rain Flower stones is located in Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province. It is an attractive museum located in a park and provides visitors with a comprehensive treatment of these beautiful small stones since ancient times. The current museum was built in 2007 and replaced an older facility first constructed in 1989. The stones are displayed in white bowls set along the walls. Numerous panels containing photographs and information about these stones are located throughout the museum. Hundreds of stones of the various types and categories are displayed. A gift shop selling various items including some Rain Flower stones is located next to the exit of the museum. If your interest includes these stones, then the museum is a must. A visit to this museum can be combined with a day car trip to nearby Luhe to visit several stone shops also devoted solely to Rain Flower stones and jewelry made from these stones.
The Rain Flower stone museum is located at No. 215 Yuhua Road in Nanjing.
Nanjing Yuhua Stone Museum
Lingering Garden in Suzhou
The world famous Lingering Garden in Suzhou is an excellent place to see several outstanding examples of Taihu landscape stones. The most famous of these are the Auspicious Cloud Capped Peak, probably the most photographed Taihu stone in the world. This is considered to be one of the finest classical Chinese garden in China. It is divided into four sections. The garden has experienced several iterations during it long history. First begun in 1593 and later modified, repaired and reconstructed several times. In 1873 or soon afterwards that many of the excellent large Taihu stones were added. The garden fell into despair in the early 1900s and was renovated and re-opened to the public in 1954. In 2001, it was designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you are visiting Suzhou, this garden is a must see destination along with the Humble Administrators Garden, another famous classical garden. Visitors to these gardens can gain an appreciation of the major role stones played in the development of classical Chinese Gardens.
The Lingering Garden is located at 338 Liuyuan Road, Suzhou.
Kun Stone Museum
The Kun Stone Museum is located within the popular Tingling Park in the heart of Kunshan City. The park is located at the base of Jade Mountain, the original source of these beautiful and delicate stones. The museum is a large rectangular building that houses one of the finest collections of Kun stones in China. Here, visitors can see the diversity of the stones and learn about them from informational panels. Two large Ming dynasty stones on displayed in glass cases. These are natural stones that have not been cleaned and were once displayed out of doors in this park. Fine examples of the different types of Kun stone can be found in museum quality display cases. This is the museum to visit if you want to learn the difference between chicken bone and snowflake Kun stones. Visitors can see, learn and compare the different recognized types of Kun stones including chicken bone, snowflake, jellyfish, walnut peak, and bay berry peak.
The museum is attractively laid out and the stones displayed according to modern museum standards. Fortunately many of the stones are displayed in glass cases in open areas that allows you to see all sides of the stones. In one display case, the museum staff has the four historically most important stones—Lingbi, Taihu, Ying, and Kun. Since this museum is relatively small, forty-five minutes to one hour is sufficient to see and study each specimen on display. Tingling Park is a busy urban center. Walk straight along the main path at the entrance, turn right near the end of the path and walk a short distance. The museum will be set back on your left.
Kun Stone Museum, Tingling Park