China Railway Museum Zhengyangmen

China Railway Museum Zhengyangmen, Beijing: Hours, Address, China Railway Museum Zhengyangmen Reviews: 3.5/5

China Railway Museum Zhengyangmen

China Railway Museum Zhengyangmen
3.5
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Bobbbbbbbbbb
New York City, NY63 contributions
Fun and interesting
Dec 2019
A really interesting view on how the railways helped to shape China - well presented and with a decent amount of information in English. And it’s free.
Written December 27, 2019
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Roderick S
Melbourne52 contributions
Comprehensive coverage of railway history
Sep 2019
I am a railway enthusiast, and visit lots of railway museums. As noted by others: this one is for small exhibits, and the variety was excellent. Knowing the technology, I could cope with the lack of English captions. I was particularly interested in the maps, far better than any which I have found published or online. The museum is reached easily. It is not the original station building repurposed: it is a replica, built at 90 degrees to the original. For families, there is plenty of visual interest. It is particularly useful if you are caught by bleak cold or rain. I have also been to the locomotive museum, not accessed as easily. At both, most visitors were middle-class Chinese parents guiding their young children. Related is the aviation museum: even more remote, and harder to access. The supplementary questions are rather rigid. I would certainly recommend the museum as a must-do for railway enthusiasts on a first trip (and over 3 hours), but only as an option for general tourists (and 1-3 hours). It fits an all-day transit stop neatly. There is a shop selling railways items, notably models. IIRC it is accessible from the street directly. There are other museums of locomotives scattered around the country, but this is the only one with a comprehensive collection of small items.
Written October 21, 2019
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WildHamish
Nanjing, China109 contributions
Disappointing
Jun 2019 • Family
To be honest I was a little disappointed by this museum. It's in an ideal location, the former East Peking Railway Station, but shame they couldn't have recreated how the station might have looked back in its day with the addition of some rolling stock. This is my biggest gripe...no rolling stock. As China railway enthusiasts the story of the development of China's railways is screaming out to be told. This does it to some extent but ultimately disappoints. The best thing was the ridiculous language used about 'correct planning' and so forth in some of the captions. We liked the displays in the basement showing bridge and station models and the visual displays of the Beijing-Shanghai line as well as the journey up on to the Tibetan plateau. But the story of China's railways really deserves much better treatment.
Written June 28, 2019
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KodoDrummer
Yekaterinburg, Russia64,030 contributions
Informative museum on the growth & significance of China’s railways
Jan 2019 • Solo
The museum takes us through the history, development, contribution and ever-growing importance of the China railway to the growth and prosperity of China. China is a major world leader in rail technology. The rail sector is a key component of economic development, political, social, cultural and comprehensive strategy of China. The rail system has an operating length of over 127,000 kilometres, of which 25,000 kilometres is used by the high-speed railway.

Photos, pieces of equipment, and information boards take you through the history of the Chinese railway. There are many exhibits of all types of historical relics of locomotives, parts, rail line components, photos, videos, and documents. You can also experience being in the CRH-3 Bullet Train Simulator Cockpit.
Written January 21, 2019
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Huang Wzhong
481 contributions
Wonderful railway museum in the downtown Beijing
Feb 2018 • Solo
this place has provided the historical stories about railway transporatation development in China, since the ancient period, current present time and the future strategic vision plan.

for railway historical exploring lover, it is highly recommended and worth for visiting place.

Anyway, beside this railway museum, there still has another spacious larger area with full package of railway historical stories exhibition which has located in ChaoYang regional area (a bit far away from Beijing downtown).
Written June 13, 2018
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415katew
London, United Kingdom119 contributions
Models of high speed routes and stations
May 2018 • Friends
There's not a lot in English here but it's worth going because there's enough. There are maps of the development of the rail network, there's a cab of a high speed train, there's an explanation of this European style building incongruously sitting at the SE corner of Tiananmen Square and in the basement there are models of the landscapes that the high speed train routes have been punched through, and of the high speed stations. if you like trains or have criss crossed China by train, it's great to spend and hour or so here. And it's not overcrowded.
Written May 29, 2018
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romanpiekosz
Chicago, IL7,820 contributions
Good lesson of Chinese history
Apr 2018 • Solo
It would be nice if all artefacts would have English description. Part of pictures and documents related to the history of Chinese railway are not for English-only speaking tourists.
The museum consists a lot of interesting things related to the first days of Chinese railways and some from the present. I was expecting to see wagons, diesels and steam engines. It looks like it's not the place for this type of exhibition. However it's worth to be there. I liked the part related to the newest fleet - the bullet trains.

RomanP
Written May 9, 2018
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silverbrook
London, Canada4,881 contributions
Lovely building kitty corner from Tian'anmen Square
Mar 2018 • Friends
This is a lovely gray and white building that is kitty corner to Tian'anmen Square. It used to be a railway station in Beijing, but has been repurposed as a railway museum. It showcases a main mode of transportation across China, with emphasis on the higher speed trains. I would not go out of my way just to see the exhibits here, but would take an hour or so to stroll through if visiting Tian'anmen Square across the way.
Written May 4, 2018
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HK P
Ipoh, Malaysia610 contributions
Disappointed why read below
Dec 2017 • Family
The exhibits were alright but a railway museum without a miniature model train sets are great NO NO. The nearest subway station is qianmen.
Written December 29, 2017
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LauraJane597
Wakefield, UK65 contributions
Don't miss the basement 'sand tables'
Oct 2017 • Couples
At the south-east corner of Tian'anmen Square, this museum details the history of China's railways. It's not the collection of locomotives - they are at the Dongjiao branch. Lots of interesting maps and photos, and enough English for people who can't read Chinese to get by. In the basement are several fascinating large-scale relief models of long distance lines.
Written December 8, 2017
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China Railway Museum Zhengyangmen is open:
  • Tue - Sun 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM