The Centenary Underground Grand Cellar of Changyu Wine Culture Museum was established in 1894 and completed in 1905 after 11-year construction. It covers an area of 2666㎡ with usable area of 1976㎡. It is 7m deep which is 1m under the sea level. The temperature keeps at 14℃ approximately and the humidity keeps at 75°perennially, providing favorable environment for the aging of wine. Consisting of 8 stagger arches, the Cellar seems as a labyrinth. The Cellar was built for three times. It is less than a hundred meters to the sea from Changyu Grand Cellar which is built on the sandy soil. In the first construction, it collapsed due to water seepage; in the second construction by steel, it also failed because of corrosion of steel parts caused by the underground moisture together with the continuous rainstorm and flood infusing; and in the third time, by adopting a method with combination of Chinese and western elements, the top is arched by the traditionally baked big blue bricks in China, the wall is built by big blue stones with the imported cement filling up the wall crack and daubing the surface to make the cellar body extremely firm, and the inside and outside of the cellar body has masterly hidden drainage system to ensure the cellar without seepage or leakage. It is well kept so far, being a miracle in the architectural history in the world.
No.6 Arch of the Underground Grand Cellar in Changyu Wine Culture Museum
Interior of Changyu Wine Culture Museum