TECHNICAL VISITS


The Sanxingdui Museum is located 57 km to the north of the conference venue. The Sanxingdui Ruins is one of the greatest archaeological findings in the 20th century. With a history of 3,000 to 5,000 years, it is the site of ancient city, ancient country and ancient Shu culture with the largest area, longest duration and richest cultural connotation found in the Southwest China so far. Known as the "Source of the Yangtze River civilization", its southward migration is thought to be closely related to the flood disaster in the Chengdu Plain at the time. The new Sanxingdui Museum, re-opened in July 2023 after expansion, allows for exhibition of the latest breathtaking archaeological discoveries since the new round of excavation in 2019, from which many unsolved questions about the ancient Sanxingdui culture left from the last century are answered.

The Shiting River site is 17 km to the east of the Sanxingdui Museum. The Shiting River originates from the Longmen Mountains, the epicenter of the 5·12 Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008. One third of its 120-km length suffered serious riverbed degradation in the several years after the earthquake, with a maximum cutting depth of 27 m and a total cutting volume of more than 1×108 m3. The riverbed degradation has caused serious threats to the structural safety of dikes, bridges, culverts and other infrastructures within the river section, putting more than 1 million residents in the downstream Deyang City in danger and threatening irrigation water security for over 20-million-ha farmland. The photograph below illustrates the process of "severe erosion damage – reinforcement and reuse – complete erosion destruction" experienced by the Shiting River Bridge.