Bamboo slips were used a instruments of records before the invention of paper. One downside, they decomposed. Very environmental friendly, not great for record keeping, particularly in the wet and hot climate of Changsha.
The Changsha Bamboo Slips Museum (长沙简牍博物馆) is a history museum located at No. 92 of Baisha Road in Tianxin District, Changsha, Hunan, China. It is adjacent to Baisha Well in the south and Tianxin Pavilion in the west. Changsha Jiandu Museum is currently a large-scale modern themed museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, arrangement, study and exhibition of bamboo script (Jiandu). It is also an important spot of cultural and scenic interest and a window to showcase Changsha to the world. It covers an area of 14,100-square-metre (152,000 sq ft).
The collection of the museum includes bamboo scripts and historical artifacts from the Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD) and Three Kingdoms (220-280) periods: the Kingdom of Wu Annals (220–280) unearthed in Changsha’s Zoumalou in 1996, the bamboo scripts of Western Han (206 BC-25 AD) unearthed from J8 Well in Zoumalou in 2003, the bamboo scripts and cultural relics unearthed from the Yuyang Tomb for one of the queens of Changsha Kingdom of the Western Han Dynasty in 1993, and a small number of exquisite cultural relics of later periods excavated from Changsha in the 21st century.
Open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Closed on Tuesday.