Museums in Beijing

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  • Fadilah Fapus
    Abuja, Nigeria26 contributions
    China, especially Beijing, is always a treasure trove to explore. The forbidden city was everything i have hoped it would be and more. The rich culture of china was in full display. This is another must visit site. Although there is an admission fee, which is truly valued for money, if you ask me. Some of the actual palaces were closed, but i got to see a whole lot more
    Written January 15, 2024
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  • ClaireLouise
    Derbyshire, UK366 contributions
    Quite a large place. The temple buildings were lovely.
    Cost 25CNY entrance.
    After visiting a lot of temples on our 13 stops throughout China, whilst I did enjoy having a wander through, I did think other temples I had visited were better.
    Written November 12, 2023
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  • allen290
    15 contributions
    It looks like foreigners are allowed in again as I just needed to flash my.passport and show them my health code and reservation, which anyone can book online for free. It's a nice, big orderly museum but without English explanations
    Written March 13, 2021
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  • Sunshine41897
    Tampere, Finland7 contributions
    As we read the reviews before our trip, it said that no cards accepted, BUT now the cards were accepted. This was a good thing because our trip was coming to an end.
    The atmosphere is cool, liked the paintings and all. Service was good and the most important thing of all was that the lamb chops we ate were the best ever!
    Written February 14, 2020
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  • geo3
    Calgary, Canada1,346 contributions
    This is a review of the clock gallery only. As other reviewers have noted, this requires a separate ticket from the nearby treasure gallery.

    This is worthwhile, but (on a weekend) it was extremely crowded. It is not large, but according to the website 82 clocks are on display. They are extremely ornate, and the workmanship involved is quite stunning.

    If you can be there on a weekday, perhaps it would be less crowded and more enjoyable.
    Written December 27, 2019
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  • KodoDrummer
    Buenos Aires, Argentina64,964 contributions
    We enjoyed viewing the flowers as they are blooming and the calm clear waters of the lake. Not crowded during our weekend visit. Over 8,000 different tropical and subtropical plants and flowers. Lots of trails for walking and hiking.
    Written May 1, 2021
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  • World Prof
    Buffalo Grove, IL174 contributions
    Close to the Lama Temple, this is a much quieter temple complex with no crowds. Though not as impressive as the Lama Temple, it has dozens of steles which are the stone tablets used to inscribe history - of great interest to history buffs, but otherwise rather boring. Like the Lama Temple, a pretty long walk fro the subway station.
    Written October 14, 2019
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  • KodoDrummer
    Buenos Aires, Argentina64,964 contributions
    This is somewhat similar to a theme park in Shenzhen, where by walking through the park you get a high-level view of the world’s major attractions, albeit, looking at miniatures. This approximate 47-hectare theme park is a nice place to take children through so that they can get a glimpse of many of the world’s most famous buildings and structures.

    One of the worst complaints is the tourists who complain about people at sightseeing locations who cannot speak English. The Chinese don’t complain about Americans who can’t speak Mandarin. When you are in a country where they can’t speak your language, don’t complain. I’ve worked on assignments in over 70 countries, and I’ve always managed to communicate one way or another. Although twice I was very lucky, once in Turkey and the other time in Brazil, when I was able to have my meeting in Hungarian.
    Written February 11, 2019
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  • CliodhnaZtoical
    London, UK32 contributions
    There's been a lot of confusion online as to when the museum would be re-opened so I can confirm we visited January 4th 2020 and all but one hanger was open to the public. Great museum if you like planes especially Migs as there are a lot of them! Free entry to outdoor sections and 20rmb to go inside the mountain. All the signage outside has english translation but not as much inside. There are a lot of interesting looking planes outside at the back you are not allowed near. It looks like they are expanding that back section to include these planes but they aren't ready yet. We booked a car to take us out and back which I would recommend if visiting as the museum is down a pretty long bit of road so bit of a hike from any bus stops. If you get a taxi arrange to have them come back for you as there isn't likely to be any around when you come out. We were there for a good few hours and the only non-Chinese visitors the entire time and they all drove there so there isn't tour buses or taxis hanging around. Food options are very limited so bring drinks/snacks with you.
    Written January 6, 2020
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  • Breeze
    1,129 contributions
    A very good location in central Beijing.
    A beautiful traditional Chinese building, if you have been to Beijing many times and no ideas where to go, it will be a good choice.

    This museum is quite small and you just take some time to appreciate most arts.
    It is clean than what I expect and you can take the lift to the different levels to enjoy the different exhibition.

    Good to go and can learn Chinese & Taiwan art.
    Written October 2, 2020
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  • Wan-Flies
    Singapore, Singapore318 contributions
    I love this museum. Its the biggest in the world and it also combines with cineplex which makes it easier for visitors to visit the exhibition and get entertainment. The entry is free to museum. It goes in a rhythm starting from history of china film since formation of PRC then the type of genres they attempt, then to genre experiments and travel towards hong kong and taiwan film industries. It also has separate exhibits for dubbing of foreign films and animation for kids. Classes for kids on how films are done is organised as well.

    The negative is the location as it tremoundasly hard to find cab as the location seem odd and deserted and foreigners will really find it hard as the country is purely based on Chinese and most cab drivers and public does not understand any forms of English words (unless we act it out). Second the full exhibit is in chines fonts. English description in each exhibit will benefit foreign visitors other than just using English words for summarising the history on each section. People like to know more from each exhibit showcased.
    If you visit Beijing, this place is a must visit.
    Written December 28, 2016
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  • rsenteno
    Phoenix, AZ317 contributions
    It's a great way to start of your trek before going up the wall. Very informative on the history and construction. My favorite was everyone who visited the wall at the end.
    Written August 11, 2018
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  • RonAGB
    Hong Kong, China2 contributions
    many interactive activities and good for kids. both in English and Chinese . its nice to be indoors.
    Written August 3, 2018
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  • Heather P
    Swindon, UK25 contributions
    to give it the proper title.
    This is a challenging and provocative museum. I went after reading Geling Yan's book "The Flowers of War" about the rape of Nanjing. This museum holds some archive material of the event and it is distressing. What is more distressing is how the west has a seeming monopoly on WW2 which is called the Global War against Fascism here and it seems to me that that is a much more thoughtful response to the conflict. The whole museum highlights the Chinese perspective and, in places, may seem like propaganda but no more than any war museum in America or the UK.
    The total highlight for me was Paul Robeson singing the Chinese National Anthem and the exhibits about Nanjing. But there was much to learn about modern Chinese history and areas to research after our visit.
    We went by public transport and it took a while but was easy to find and the staff very patient with us as non Chinese speaking foreigners.
    (I think it is a must see because it reflects a huge area of impact in Chinese history and world)
    Written July 16, 2019
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  • Kevin Earl
    11 contributions
    I had a couple of hours between meetings and was in the area, so I popped in this museum not knowing what to expect other than some of the repatriated bronze fountain heads from the Old Summer Palace. It is located in an office building, but it is exquisite. The collection is mostly of bronze pieces from 3,000 years ago. There is also a smaller side gallery with some beautiful religious stone sculptures. If you have the time, this museum is definitely worth a visit.
    Written October 2, 2019
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