Wuxi museum showcases Olympic culture and celebrity
He Zhenliang and the Olympic Memorial Museum is located in Canal Park of Wuxi's Liangxi district. [Photo/WeChat account: wuxishilvyouju]
Delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and held without spectators, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games concluded on Aug 8, serving as a success story that brought hope to the world.
With the Olympics still on people's minds, it is notable that Wuxi is home to a memorial hall of Olympic culture and to He Zhenliang, who served as vice-president of the International Olympic Committee, as well as chairman of the IOC's Culture and Olympic Education Commission.
He Zhenliang and the Olympic Memorial Museum is located in Canal Park of Wuxi's Liangxi district, spanning an area of 3,000 square meters.
The exterior design of the pavilion is concise and simple, representative of the Republic of China style from the beginning of the 20th century. It highlights the characteristics of Wuxi as an industrial and commercial city.
The museum details the life story of He Zhenliang, his involvement in the Olympic Games, and his collections. [Photo/WeChat account: wuxishilvyouju]
The exhibition center is divided into two parts, the main hall and the auxiliary hall. The main hall covers two floors and mainly details the life story of He Zhenliang, his involvement in the Olympic Games, as well as his collections. The auxiliary hall mainly includes Wuxi celebrities related to the Olympic Games and an Olympic jade sculpture.
He was elected to the IOC in 1981. In 1985, he was named to the executive board of the IOC and subsequently served three 5-year terms (1985-1989, 1994-1998, 1999-2003). He was elected the vice-president of the IOC in 1989 and served one term (1989-1993).
He played a key role in Beijing's winning bid for the 2008 Summer Olympics with his excellent language skills and personality.
Address: Canal Park, Liangxi district, Wuxi, Jiangsu province
Opening hours: 9:00 am-4:00 pm (closed on Mondays)