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“Surprise Attraction in Zhucheng” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dinosaur Museum

Dinosaur Museum
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Zhucheng
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Lancaster, PA
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“Surprise Attraction in Zhucheng”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2014

The Dinosaur Museum was an amazing attraction which given the chance to see I would recommend. The museum was well laid out and provide descriptions in both Chinese and English. I was there very early in the morning and it seemed that the whole museum was mine to explore.

Visited March 2014
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New Delhi, Delhi, India
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“Not a fun place to be in winter”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2013

The place closes early and there is not too much to see at least during winters. It is basically a covered excavation site where you can find a lot of dinosaur extractions including bones piled in heaps.If you are an enthusiast, you may want to check out this place. But its not a place kids would enjoy.

No ATM or facilities near by so you have to carry cash. The museum itself is ok with lots of good exhibits made by reassembling of dinosaur bones.

Worth visiting if you are a true dinosaur fan.

Visited November 2013
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“Zhucheng Dinosaur Park: World's Largest Dinosaur Pit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2013

Whoa. This is Dinosaur Pie. Dinosaurs bones are packed into the earth, one on top of another. There are so many bones here, the excavation site is the main exhibit! A roof has been put overhead and a paved path leads you down into the pit so that you see everything for yourself. Located in Shandong Province, the city's tourism website, www.tourismshangdong.com, says that excavation began in 1964, when archeologists uncovered tons of dinosaur fossils including the Shandong Dragon, which stood eight meters tall and fifteen meters tall. The world's tallest Hadrosaur skeleton was unearthed here between 1989 and 1991. This site was opened for tourism in 2011. Adjacent to the excavation pit is the Zhucheng Dinosaur Cubic, which is the museum where you can view the re-assembled skeletons of the largest and scariest dragons, and stand next to single bones that will dwarf you. There are also fossils of dinosaur babies that are less scary. There's also a room, located outside of the museum, generating white dust power tool noises where workers are busy cleaning off bones and readying them for future exhibits.

The entire city of Zhucheng is apparently a dinosaur pit. I'd read elsewhere that there are 30 excavation sites throughout. The city has opened three other dinosaur museums, including one devoted to dinosaur footprints, and another one to dinosaur eggs. How cool is that? I've also read that for millennia, the people here have been pulling the bones out of their yards and grinding them to make medicinal soups.

Zhucheng is an industrial city located about a two-hour drive from Qingdao Airport. I had the good fortune of having a friend of a friend (Shandong native) pick me up from the airport and take me to the excavation site. These friends had informed me that there is no easy way of getting there. Even my native driver had to stop and ask for directions once we got into the general area of the site, which is located among the small villages south of the city. There are no signs here, just dirt and gravel roads and farmers traveling by foot. There are no restaurants either, unless you ask a villager who will point you to a house that is an unmarked restaurant serving the local families and farmers. No English or Mandarin spoken here, only the Shandong dialect, but you can point to a vast array of fresh produce from the surrounding farms and to many choices of frozen fish in a freezer and they'll fix you up a feast. SOOO yummy! But beware, even the fish here have dinosaur teeth!

Without a local driver, you can probably take a taxi from the airport to the site. A two-hour cab ride will cost you about 400 RMB/one-way, if you negotiate hard. Otherwise, you can look for a bus that will take you from Qingdao to Zhucheng, and from there you can take a cab. But make sure that your cab will wait for you (more RMB!!!), as it will be hard for you to get another one and you could very well end up as one of the permanent displays.

I didn't stay locally, but you might be able to find lodging in the city of Zhucheng.

Take CASH. No credit cards or ATMs in the Cretaceous era.

Definitely worth a visit, especially for adventurers who like time travel.

Visited October 2012
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