Tips for Visiting National Museum Of China

May 3rd, 2016
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Plan your Beijing city tour? The National Museum of China is not a must do in Beijing if you only have 2 or 3 days to stick around.  But if you’re here for a week, or you have finished the bucket list, this huge museum is perfect for you no matter you are a history buff or not.

Though not a universal museum like the British Museum, Louvre, Hermitage, or Smithsonian,  as a national museum, the National Museum of China is top on the list, one of the five or six greatest museums in the world.

It is a grand museum with multiple floors of exhibition halls. The massive museum comprises mainly two halls showcasing permanent exhibits – “Ancient China ” at basement level and “The Road to Rejuvenation” near the entrance, plus a few temporary galleries on upper floors some of which you have to pay entry fees to enter.

In the basement you can walk through over 5000 years of history, from stone age artifacts to Zhou bronzes, Tang ceramics, Yuan embroidery, Ming pottery, Qing Dynasty Culture and much more. The “Road to Rejuvenation” displays the exhibits and artifacts which provides an authoritative view of the last 100 plus years history.

National Museum Of China

National Museum Of China

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1.
The museum is located on the east edge of Tian’amen Square. Taking Subway Line 1 and get off at  Tian’amen East, and exit D.

2.  Show your passport at the ticketing office to get your free ticket. Foreigners get their free tickets on the right ticket booth, and locals on the left side.

3. The museum is open at 9 am (Closed on Mondays).  Go there early before the crowd floods the entrance. Free ticketing till 3:30pm and no entry starting from 4:00pm and closed at 5:00pm. Daily admittance is limited.

4. A lot of security and your belongings will be checked. If you bring a backpack you have to deposit it at the cloakroom for 10 yuan.

5. Signage is in Mandarin and English, easy to guide you inside the huge building.

6. 3-4 hour is needed to cover the two major halls – “Ancient China”  and “the Road to Rejuvenation”.

“Ancient China”: Permanent display. Venue: Galleries N20-N25, S15-S18, S20
“Road to Rejuvenation”: Permanent exhibition. Venue: North Galleries N1 – N4.

7. Wearing a pair of comfy sports shoes. Prepare for some stroll and it is a huge layout.

8. Food and beverage outlets are orderly laid out inside the museum. nice cafe on the first floor where you can also have soup and sandwich for a reasonable price.

9. WiFi only available when you sit down and buy a cup of coffee in the coffee shop and they give you the access.

10. Gift shops are dotted around the building with a great variety of quality products and souvenirs.

11. Not all galleries have English translations.

12. The museum lacks interesting activities for Children.

13. You may rent an audio guide for 30 RMB by giving cash 100RMB deposit and your passport.

14. Official Website of National Museum of China: http://en.chnmuseum.cn/

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Tips for Visiting Beijing Planning Exhibition Hall

April 30th, 2016
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Plan your visit to Beijing Tiananmen Square? Before kicking off your visit to Tiananmen Square, you are highly recommended to start your sightseeing by visiting  Beijing Urban Planning Exhibition Hall (北京市规划展览馆)where you are able to see the Whole of Beijing in Miniature with vivid knowledge of the city  as well.

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Located just on the southeast corner of Tiananmen Square, Beijing Urban Planning Exhibition Hall has a large model of the entire Beijing metropolitan area, as well as multimedia exhibits depicting the history, present situation, and future of urban planning in Beijing.

All of Beijing right there!

Tips
tips1. Open from 9.00 am to 4.00pm Tues-Sunday at Southeast corner of  Tian’anmen Square, close to Subway Station Qianmen on line 2,  next to China Railway Museum and a walking distance to Qianmen old street.

2. Entrance fee: 40 yuan. Inside, you need to pay 10 yuan for a 4D movie if you are interested.

3. On the first floor There’s a bronze “bowl” showing the geographical location of Beijing and the mountains surrounding the city. The large bronze on the wall tells the Beijing before 1949.

4. On the fourth floor there is a huge scale model of the entire metropolis. The huge model of current Beijing is just amazing, where you can walk and check different places.

5. The other floors houses the exhibits about the city which are interesting enough to keep you busy and entertained for 2 hours.

6. There’s also a good wide 4D movie ( 10 RMB) . Kids enjoy the 4D movie.

7.  It is  a nice spot for them to run around and burn off some pent-off energy.

8. The staff is ready to explain to you every single detail in a fair English.

Add: No.20 Qianmen East Street, on the southeast corner of Tiananmen Square in Beijing
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm ( Ticket selling stops at 4:00pm )
Monday: Closed
Entrance fee: 40 yuan

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Tips for Visiting Chairman Mao Memorial Hall

April 27th, 2016
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Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall is located at the southern end of Tian’anmen Square between the Monument to the People’s Heroes in the center of Tiananmen Square and Zhengyangmen Gate on the southern edge of Tiananmen Square. The mausoleum is the final resting place of Chairman Mao where his body was embalmed and put on display after his death.

The first floor is open to the public.  The first floor consists of the Northern Grand Hall, the Hall of Mourning and the Southern Grand Hall.  The Northern Hall has a large marble status of Chairman Mao with a backdrop of an immense tapestry of China’s mountains and rivers; you split into two lines that go left and right to enter the Hall of Mourning.

In the Hall of Mourning, the heart of the mausoleum, lies Mao (1893-1976) in his usual gray suit, draped with the red flag of the Communist Party, in a huge glass chamber,  surrounded by PLA ceremonial soldiers. Exit from the Southern Grand Hall where people buy some souvenirs.

Chairman Mao Memorial Hall

Chairman Mao Memorial Hall

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Usually you have to queue up for visiting the mausoleum especially on Chinese public holidays. Below are some important tips before you decide to visit Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall.

Mausoleum of Mao Zedong Admission is free. As with most mausoleums, strict rules are enforced for visitors. No bags and cameras are allowed inside the hall. One locker is located 500m to the east of the mausoleum.

You enter the Northern Grand Hall and exit from the Southern Grand Hall. At the entrance, many people will buy a single chrysanthemum flower at three yuan and buy some souvenirs at the Southern Grand Hall.

1) Opening Hours: 08:00 am – 12 noon ( Tue-Sun ).  As this may change in July and August, it is best to check ahead for specific hours. You need to show your passport for entry (although sometimes your passport is not checked).

2)You have to deposit any bags and cameras in a storage place next to the National Museum of China (to the east of the square). Storage charge for cameras:3 yuan; Storage charge for bags: 2 yuan – 10 yuan. Kind reminder: be vigilant on fake helpers and officials around Mao’s Tomb who are trying to rip you off by charging you exorbitantly for storing your bags or cameras. It is advised to bring nothing to avoid queues to deposit your bags.

3)You can keep your mobile, wallet, passport and keys.  Though cell phones are allowed, but they need to be in your pockets. Everyone remove their hats prior to entering the hall.

4)  You will expect many tourists, but the line move quickly and don’t despair. Kindly remind you to join the line around 10:00 am or go just before closing time when the line is getting much thinner.

5) A long but fast queue offers a good occasion to mix with local Chinese people from all over the country and this is very interesting.

6) Vests and flip flop sandals  are not allowed.

7) Remember to be respectful when visiting, not to run, shout (or even talk).

8) Photographs are forbidden.

9) The young soldiers guarding the area. Do not take a picture of them without asking permission.

10) Kindly suggest that before you visit the mausoleum, you read up Edgar Snow “Red Star Over China” to know more about the life struggle of this great man in China.

11) You can buy a 3 RMB chrysanthemum flower to place at the foot of his statue.

12) Basically it takes less than one hour at the site ( 10 minutes inside and half 10 – 30 minutes outside lining up ).

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