Speciality Museums in Beijing

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Speciality Museums in Beijing

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  • Sunet
    10 contributions
    The Forbidden City was amazing, so much to see. The clock room and treasure room were also worthwhile the see. My guide, Clement, shared a lot of the history with me which made it even better.
    Written July 15, 2022
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  • allen290
    9 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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  • World Prof
    Buffalo Grove, IL144 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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  • geo3
    Calgary, Canada1,249 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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  • InnaYYZ
    Toronto, Canada1,489 contributions
    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, Slovenia29 contributions
    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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  • Roderick S
    Melbourne52 contributions
    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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  • 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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  • KodoDrummer
    Buenos Aires, Argentina64,262 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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  • Ruth P
    Hong Kong, China25 contributions
    I like museums that are small but tell a great story--and this is one of those! Just the right size--and really interesting and weird fossils.
    Written June 24, 2020
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  • LG_Kay
    Singapore, Singapore7,488 contributions
    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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  • Cahuide
    China123 contributions
    The ticket is around 4.5$ (30RMB) and students or people with more than 65 has 50% discount (15RMB),

    We went there for a short walk and see what is going on, the place is beautiful, the staff is very nice and the information is very interesting.

    The place is very well cared for, take your camera and go there, everything is in English and Chinese.
    Written February 12, 2019
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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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  • Jane J
    102 contributions
    I visited in December 2018 and was delighted to find 4 floors of specimens. I keep a museum sketchbook and so ended up spending 3 hours there. They have some very large geodes, nicely displayed set into rock as if in their original setting. On the ground floor there are fascinating displays about rock formation, with a lot of very detailed information. It is true, that as you reach the top floor there are fewer descriptions in english, but there is plenty to see if you like geology and lots of information in english on the lower floors. There are precious stones on several floors and wonderful examples of carved stones, not just jade. I would definitely go there again.
    Written December 30, 2018
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  • Vespid23
    Minnesota95 contributions
    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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