Dongguan Opium War Museum is a memorial museum which collects, exhibits, and researches the cultural relics and historical data about Lin Zexu and the Opium War. The museum is composed of four sections: Lin Zexu Memorial Hall, Shajiao Fortress, Weiyuan Fortress, and Sea Battle Museum. The most important are Lin Zexu’s Opium Burning Pool and Humen Fortresses, which are under the key national-level protection. Placed on the seashore of Sanyuan Islands in Humen Town, Weiyuan Fortress, Zhenyuan Fortress and Jingyuan Fortress join together, occupying the “throat” of the Pearl River.
The museum has beautiful surroundings and distinctive exterior architectural style. The front gate of the museum is castle-like. At the entrance, there is a large pink statuary featuring several heroes, those in the middle holding firmly falchions or halberds, staring angrily at the enemy, and two at the side holding a cannon, ready to attack. This faithfully describes the people who fought bravely against western invaders in the Opium War. In addition, the emplacements, cannons, dark rooms, fighting lanes, and soldiers’ rooms at the sites of Shajiao Fortress and Weiyuan Fortress will naturally bring you back to the fierce and cruel sea battle in the Opium War.