Specialty Museums in Beijing

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  • Vidyanand H
    7 contributions
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    The biggest imperial palace in the world! Spectacular and well preserved. Ancient and full of history. Must visit palace when you are in Beijing.
    Written July 14, 2024
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  • Qing R
    Auckland, New Zealand23 contributions
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    Museum itself was great, we had the opportunity to see lots of treasures and learn the culture and history of China, it was very educational for children, but it is Massive! I guess for a big country to put everything in it's going to be massive, we all had vry soe feet after a full day walking.
    Written May 20, 2024
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  • World Prof
    Buffalo Grove, IL171 contributions
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    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, Argentina70,599 contributions
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    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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  • geo3
    Calgary, Canada1,505 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • CliodhnaZtoical
    London, UK31 contributions
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    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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  • Wan-Flies
    Singapore, Singapore316 contributions
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    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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  • RonAGB
    Hong Kong, China2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • rsenteno
    Phoenix, AZ306 contributions
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    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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  • InnaYYZ
    Toronto, Canada1,496 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I learned a lot about the contributions made by the railroads and rail equipment to the rapid growth and importance of China on the world stage. The Chinese government invested heavily in the rail system and has the World’s best high speed rail system. Much of the narrative in the museum is also presented in English. You can also experience some things first hand in the simulators.
    Written September 13, 2019
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  • alisjak7
    Ljubljana, Slovenia53 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I found out about this site by pure coincidence. I haven’t seen any advertisment, it wasn’t mention in my guide.
    But if I missed it, I would be sorry. I visited it on Saturday morning and there was so much to see... and hear! The place is organised like a village of different houses from different regions of China. There are exhibitions in some of the houses. But the best thing are live performances of singers and dancers - again from different regions.
    You can easily spend several hours there wandering around, watching and listening... or simply having rest from busy Beijing by keeping yourself under the trees.
    Written June 30, 2019
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  • chutotoro
    365 contributions
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    Visited this free and well maintained museum to learn about the history of shijia hutong. Enjoyed looking at the detailed miniature models of hutong and set up of life back in the 60s to 90s. Good experience for visitors who have never entered a siheyuan house before . There was also a small souvenir shop beside the museum.
    Written September 25, 2019
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  • KW M
    Belfast, UK539 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice little museum, lots of fossils, along with some larger skeletons of dinosaurs and some paleo mammals for the kids to look at.
    Get off at the Southwest exit of Beijing Zoo station and walk 200-300 metres west for the entrance.
    Entry fee is only 10RMB for passport holders, buy your ticket online for mornings or afternoons, get a screen shot of your QR code, and you’re good to go.
    Enough English signs to get by on.
    The place certainly needs some TLC. The concrete stegosaurus they have out front has a broken spike…. repaired with some clear packing tape. Many of the shelves, fossils and skeletons are noticeably covered in dust and have obviously not been cleaned in a very, very long time.
    Overall, they’ve done a nice job with the place and have a solid collection on hand. Worth a quick visit, you’ll need maybe one hour, if you are into this type of stuff.
    Written November 14, 2023
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  • LG_Kay
    Singapore, Singapore7,511 contributions
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    This is the only unearthed palace of the 13 imperial tombs of the Ming Dynasty. The Underground Palace is divided into five vaulted halls, i.e. front, middle, rear, left and right.

    The rear vaulted hall is the main hall, with 3 white marble thrones, one for the emperor and one for each empress. This place was crowded and noisy, as I had to contend with the local tour groups. Note that at Dingling tomb entrance, there is a security check on bag and note no lighter is allowed.
    Written November 9, 2019
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  • Vespid23
    Minnesota94 contributions
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    We visited with a couple locals who were excited to show us the animals. A large section of the park is a wildlife reserve of sorts, with an elevated boardwalk that enables you to circle around the perimeter and look for wildlife. Many large deer, both very large and very small, can be easily spotted. Also enjoyed a number of waterfowl of various sizes, peacocks, and a few other interesting birds. Entrance was free, but I guess there is a small fee to park a car. Bus gets fairly close in a couple spots, we entered from the south which allowed us to walk across a large open park that resembles a fairgrounds in the US as we walked up to the nature park itself. It appeared that very few foreigners find their way to this park, but we enjoyed it. It is farther south past the Temple of Heaven and Pearl Market area, so if you are heading down that way, give it some consideration. Good for families. There is also a lake with boats for rent. There is some English, but having visited many parks in NA I found it interesting to see how the Chinese handle a nature park.
    Written July 5, 2016
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