History Museums in Beijing

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History Museums in Beijing

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  • Allan & Amy T
    Edmonton, Canada375 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We have been to the Palace Museum three times,everytime there is a differerence
    Now you have to buy your tickets on line(or ar prearranged your tickets with the tour company,otherwise it will be a big disappointment

    there are couple of lines waiting prior to entrance,you have to ensure you are waiting in the correct line!!....some for local,for some foreigners with passport,some for buying tickets onsite....

    Your admission is your passport for foreigners!!or your ID) which you need everywhere you go in china

    The scene at the entrance gate is chaotic, go early otherwise you will have to wait under the hot sun!!

    Most of the indoor stuff have been fenced up and you cannot get in to appreciate the setup but the history is still there.

    Bring your ear plugs as the noise level with the loudspeakers from the tour guide is out of this world. This needs to be rectified if china wants to encourage tourism in the country.

    It is still quite a walk from the southgate to the northgate under the hot sun. Bring your sunscreen and umbrellas!! There re certainly more toilet facilities and they are much cleaner,but most of the hand dryer dont work!!(Bring your own toilet paper(just in case)

    Overall it is an eye opener for our children to appreciate chinese history, to experience its grandeur appearance, the archecture of its building, especially the noise level!!
    Written June 14, 2024
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  • ClaireLouise
    Derbyshire, UK327 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • Sunshine41897
    Tampere, Finland7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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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  • bonanza1973
    San Carlos, CA593 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's a 350 m walk (5 min) from exit B of the Fuchengmen metro station on line 2. Free admittance. The Lu Xun museum was bare. I was expecting many artifacts and details from Lu Xun's life. Probably it is in transition. Currently there is an oddly placed exhibit on Liaonan shadow puppet theater. You can only enter the courtyard and backyard of the residence. The windows are clean to allow a view into the buildings. It's a quick visit that you can pair with visiting Miaoying Temple (White Stupa Temple)
    Written January 29, 2016
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  • TAMAN1951
    Liberty Lake, WA8,222 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Quite nice to break from normal China tourist stuff.

    Loved the history.

    So sad the the head was stolen after the war and occupation by Japan.

    The story is magnificent and exhibits are well done.

    Easy to get around.
    Written October 18, 2018
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  • AnotherSwede
    Sweden176 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    This (private) museum is quite hard to find, but if you are interested in old, mainly neolithic, pottery, it is really worth the trip to the south-western parts of Beijing. There are some rather good explanations in english, and exhibits are well displayed. There are also a lot of pottery seals and architectural pottery, such as roof-ends.
    Written April 23, 2012
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  • 67616335
    3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Relatively small, yet comprehensive museum on traditional Chinese architecture in a peaceful environment. Some of the signs were only partially translated to English but they do have quite a few models and photos on display (including a big 1:1000 scale model of Beijing in 1949).

    I think that ~1 hour here should be enough time for most people. Admission was 15 rmb (8 rmb for students).
    Written August 1, 2017
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  • davide l
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do you want a break from imperial age and a jump of in modernity at its best? Located very close to the National Museum of Art (Metro stop with the same name), I would recommend this new museum located in the 1916 built italianate red brick building of the Humanities of the University of Beijing. The building is remarkable with the first two floors which were once a dormitorium and the upper floors with classrooms and professors' rooms. On the ground floor the newspaper room of the university library where Chairman Mao worked as clerk.
    The museum focus on the Beijing experience of the student and youth movement which gave a push to the flourishing of the Communist movement and party in China. It houses the early documents of Chen Duxiu, Li Dazhao as well as so many others intellectuals and leaders of the reform movement from its onset.
    If you do not speak Chinese do not get put off by the lack of English infos on the outside, the largest part of the collection has captions in English. I found very welcoming staff with excellent English.
    Written October 7, 2021
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  • BobTravelSFO
    San Francisco, California85 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Little visited, the museum has a quality collection with changing exhibits. When I was there, some Chinese porcelain and water colors were on display as well as some European etchings and Chinese modern art. Tell the guard at the university gate that you want to see the museum.
    Written October 30, 2017
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  • YorkHiker
    Yorkshire, UK1,390 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This museum is hard to find! It was located on different places on different maps and even the street address confused the taxi drivers. Take a screen shot of the building exterior and keep to the canal.

    This museum has friendly staff that are excited to see foreigners. There is an excellent guide in English. The museum has lots of good artefacts and stone statues. The water gate remains are deep below street level.
    Written October 26, 2015
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  • 25_zhang
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Last month,I went to the National Museum of Classic books with my mother.I broadened my horizon at that place and I primise it won’t be the last time.
    At first,we went to the exhibition of the Yongle Canon.I felt like I came back to China in the 15th Century,We can know many culture and history.That was really amazing.
    And then we went to the next exhibition.That was useful and meaning.There were a lot of beautiful poems and classic literature.I thought Chinese culture is worth studying and researching.
    Finally,we learned a great number of the customs of the Spring Festival!It was great fun!
    In the end,I really recommend this place to anyone.
    Written March 8, 2019
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