Tips for Visiting National Museum Of China

December 31st, 2020
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Plan your Beijing city tour? The National Museum of China may be not a must do in Beijing if you only have 2 or 3 days to stick around. But if you’re here for quite a few days, or you have finished the so-called 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, but as a national museum, the National Museum of China is also 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.

National Museum Of China

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.

Its location

The museum is located on the east side of Tian ‘anmen Square, 16 Dongchang ‘an Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing.

Its proximity to: Tian ‘anmen Square (300m), Qianmen Street (800m), Dashilan (1.2km), Forbidden City (1.5km), Jingshan Park (2.3km), Beihai Park (2.7km), Temple of Heaven (2.7km).

The museum is located on the east side of Tian ‘anmen Square


Open Hours, Tickets and Booking

1. The opening hours are from 9:00 to 17:00 every day (no admission at 16:00). The museum will be closed on Mondays (except holidays), and the night sessions will be cancelled temporarily.

2. The daily visit limit is 8000 people, and all visitors must book online. before 4:00 pm each day, you can make a booking which can be valid for 7 days. The group reservation and on-site reservation are not accepted.

Online Ticket Booking ( Now only in Chinese)

3. There are three time periods for visitors : 2000 people from 9:00 to 10:00, 3500 people from 10:00 to 13:30, 2500 people from 13:30 to 15:30, until the quota is full.

4. During the opening period of limited booking, visitors are required to check their ID card, show their health code in real time (they can also apply for the health code of the same day in advance through the Beijing Health Treasure mini-program) and accept health monitoring. They can only enter the museum if there is no abnormality.

5. During the opening period of limited booking, manual interpretation service will be suspended, and visitors shall wear masks correctly throughout the exhibition and observe the exhibition in a civilized and orderly manner.

Travel Tips

1.Show your passport at the ticketing office to get your free ticket;

2. 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;

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

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

5. 3-4 hour is needed to cover the two major halls – “Ancient China” and “the Road to Rejuvenation”;

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

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

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

9. Not all galleries have English translations.

10. For exhibitions where photography is allowed, do not use flash, selfie stick or foot stand;

11. The museum lacks interesting activities for Children;

12. Electric wheelchairs and elderly mobility vehicles are not allowed in the museum;

13. Visit Hotline: 010-65116400 (9:00-16:00)
Complaint Hotline: 010-65116188 (9:00-16:00)

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

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参观中国国家博物馆小贴士
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Further Readings
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Top 10 Attractions in Beijing

Top 10 Tourist Scams Beijing

Forbidden City Travel Tips – The Palace Museum Travel Tips

Tips for visiting Summer Palace

Tips for Visiting the Temple of Heaven

Tips for Visiting the Great Wall of China around Beijing

How to Visit Ming Tombs in Beijing

How to Visit Hutongs

How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing

Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing

Beijing Shopping

Qianmen Commercial Street

Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Confucian Temple and the Imperial College Museum not be Missed

December 21st, 2020
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Plan your Beijing Tour? The Temple of Confucius and the Imperial College Museum is worth your exploration for 1-3 hour. The two adjoining attractions – Confucian Temple and Guozijian (The Imperial College) have coalesced into one museum renamed “Confucian Temple and Guozijian Museum” since June, 2008.

If you are interested in Chinese culture and traditional etiquette as well as China History, Confucian Temple and Guozijian Museum is not be missed.

Temple of Confucius in Beijing is the place where people pay respect to Confucius, which has started since the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), further to Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

Guozijian (the Imperial College) was once the national central institute of learning in Chinese dynasties in Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. It was the highest institute of learning in China’s traditional educational system.

Opening Hours & Entry Fee

  1. Opening Hours
    High Season ( May – October ): 8:30am – 6:00pm ( no ticket selling after 5:30pm )
    Low Season ( November – April ) 8:30am – 5:00pm ( No ticket selling after 4:30pm )
  2. Entrance fee: RMB 30 per person

How to get there

Subway:

Subway Line 2: get off at Yonghegong (Lama Temple) Station, come out of the station from Exit C (Southwest Exit), and walk south about 500 meters, then you’ll find Chengxian Jie (Chengxian Street, also known as Guozijian Street) on your right hand and walk westward for 200 meters, and you will find Confucian Temple and Guozijian Imperial College Museum on your right side.

Subway Line 5: get off at Yonghegong (Lama Temple )Station, and come out of the station from Exit C (Southwest Exit), same walking trail a above.

Bus Route:
Buses : 116, 684, 13, 117 and get off at Yonghegong Station ( Lama Temple), 113, 108, 104, 124 at Fangjia Hutong.

Suggested Travel Route

Chengxian Jie Archway (Chengxian Street Archway) on your right hand and walk westward for 200 meters, and you will find Confucian Temple and Guozijian Imperial College.

Chengxian Jie Archway (Chengxian Street Archway) on your right hand and walk westward for 200 meters, and you will find Confucian Temple and Guozijian Imperial College.
Enter the main gate of Comfucian Temple and you will see the Statue of Confucius.

Dacheng Hall (Hall of Great Accomplishment) the main building in the temple, where the memorial ceremony for Confucius is often held.

Dacheng Hall (Hall of Great Accomplishment)
Inside the Dacheng Hall

Inside the temple you will find 198 stone tablets are placed on either side of the front courtyard, containing over 50,000 names of Jinshi ( advance learners ) of the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties as well 14 stone stele pavilions of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

198 stone tablets are placed on either side of the front courtyard
14 stone stele pavilions of the Ming and Qing dynasties

Through the middle door connecting the two sites, you can go from Confucian Temple to Guozijian Imperial College.

Through the middle door connecting the two sites, you can go from Confucian Temple to Guozijian Imperial College.
Built in 1783, Glazed Archway of Guozijian has three portals, four pillars.

Built in 1783, Glazed Archway of Guozijian has three portals, four pillars.

Biyong Hall is the main building of Guozijian Imperial College, to the north of the glazed archway. The hall is surrounded by a circular moat. This is the place the emperors gave lectures.

Biyong Hall is the main building of Guozijian Imperial College
In the middle courtyard, there are six halls contain 66 classrooms.

In the middle courtyard, there are six halls contain 66 classrooms.

Scenic and Historical Spots nearby

If you plan to visit the Temple of Confucius and the Imperial College Museum, you can incorporate into your trip to the museum some of the surrounding scenic spots: Lama Temple (300 meters), Wudaoying Hutong (300 meters), Ditan Park (800 meters), Nanluoguxiang (1.4 kilometers), Shichahai area (2.4 kilometers), Beihai Park and Jingshan Park (2.7 kilometers), according to your own taste and interests.

Further Readings
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Top 10 Attractions in Beijing

Top 10 Tourist Scams Beijing

Forbidden City Travel Tips – The Palace Museum Travel Tips

Tips for visiting Summer Palace

Tips for Visiting the Temple of Heaven

Tips for Visiting the Great Wall of China around Beijing

How to Visit Ming Tombs in Beijing

How to Visit Tiananmen Square

How to Visit Hutongs

How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing

Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing

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Wangfujing Night Snack Street

Qianmen Commercial Street

Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Bus & Train to Gubei Water Town & Simatai Great Wall

December 19th, 2020
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Dear Travelers,

We’d like to have the following quick guide to be always updated for the benefit of new visitors visiting Gubei Water Town & Simatai Great Wall in Beijing by using the local public transportation – bus and train. If anybody having used the piece finds necessary updates, please leave a message or feedback. Thanks!


Basically you have four ways by using the special shuttles, public buses and S5 trains going from the city core of Beijing to Gubei Water Town ( Simatai ) or vice versa.

(1) Beijing Dongzhimen Outer — Gubei Water Town ( Simatai) Shuttle

Dongzhimen Outer Bus Compound Station

Bus fare: 48 yuan
Distance:
134 km
Time:
120 Minutes

Starting Point: Dongzhimen Outer Bus Compound ( 东直门外车场)
How to Get to Dongzhimen Outer Bus Compound ?
First get to Dongzhimen Transport Hub, then walk along Dongzhimen Outer Street ( 东直门外大街)for about 100 meters, the turn left ( north); walk along Dongzhimenwaixie Street (东直门外斜街)for about 420 meters; then you come across Xiangheyuan South Street (香河园南街) on your left side. Dongzhimen Outer Bus Compound is just on the north of Xiangheyuan South Street.

A Bus Signboard for Gubei Water Town

Daily Departures: 
9:00am、12:00 am、03:30pm ( Mon – Fri)
9:00 am、11:00 am、12:00 am、02:00 pm、03:30 pm  ( Weekends & Public Holidays )

Returning Point: By the Gate of Gubei Water Town Tourist Dispatch Center 古北水镇景区游客集散中心门口(二号停车场)
Daily Departures: 
11:00 am、12:00 am、04:00 pm、09:00 pm ( Mon – Fri)
11:00am、01:00 pm、03:00 pm、05:00 pm、07:00 pm、09:00 pm ( Weekends & Public Holidays )

Note: For going back,  you need to reserve your return tickets one hour in advance at the Tourist Center.  Then you take your reservation coupon to line up for the shuttle bus.

Note: There is however a private bus just outside which leaves at 8:30 for the same price ( updated by Sean).

(2) Take the Shuttle Bus to Gubei Water Town (Simatai) by Beijing Hub of Tourist Dispatch北京旅游集散中心旅游大巴


Bus Fare:
RMB 50; Round Trip: 70 ( Only available on the same day )
Bus Ride Time:
3 Hours
Tickets: Buy your Tickets at Booth 1,  3 and 4 at the Bus Center at Qianmen

Starting Point: Get on your bus at Booth 2 of Beijing Hub of Tourist Dispatch atQianmen (前门),  south of Tiananmen Square
Daily Departure: 8:00 am ( Mon – Sun)

Returning Point: The Parking Lot of Gubei Water Town
Daily Departure: 03:30 pm

(3) Taking Public Buses to Gubei Water Town 公交换乘

Take public bus No.980 from Dongzhimen Transportation Hub and get off the stop of Xidaqiao Miyun (密云西大桥站), then walk across the road and connect local bus  No.51 to Simatai Village, then walk to Gubei Water Town

Note:  Taking connected buses is very time-consuming, not recommended.

(4) Take the S5 train, get off at Gubeikou Station, and take the ferry bus to Gubei Water Town 乘坐S5线列车

You can take the Beijing Suburb Railway Line S5 train starting from Beijing North Railway Station to Gubeikou Station, where you take the ferry bus to Gubei Water Town. The ferrybus is expected to cover the whole journey in 30 minutes, with a total distance of 15.5 km. Ticket price: 10 yuan/person/one-way.

Beijing North Railway Station

Gubeikou S5 train schedule

(Subject to change without prior notice)

Gubeikou Railway Station

If you have found the latest schedule, please leave a message to us, so that we can have it updated, for the convenience of f new tourists. Thank you!

There are 2 S5 trains daily between Beijing North Railway Station and Gubeikou Railway station

Beijing North Railway Station to Gubeikou Station:

S501 (06:58 – 09:24)

S503 (14:20 -16:52)

The S5 train returns from Gubeikou station to Beijing North Station

S502 (10:00 – 12:30)

S504 (17:20 – 19:52)

Note: There is a ferry bus connecting Gubeikou Station and Gubei Water Town (Simatai Great Wall). The whole shuttle journey is 15.5 km. The shuttle bus is expected to take 30 minutes.

Passengers on S5 train line can use the railway magnetic ticket, suburban railway card and China Railway Yintong card, as well as the Beijing municipal Transport Card to enter the station. Suburban Railway Line S5 supports swiping personal id card to get in and out of the station without collecting tickets.

Just a kind reminder

It is recommended that you buy an “all-in-one” transport card, similar to the Octopus card in Hong Kong, The Singapore Easy Pass, or the Oyster card from London, UK. The card can also be used to pay for Beijing taxis, Beijing buses, Beijing subways and S5 trains.

Some Basic Price Information on Gubei Water Town & Simatai Great Wall

1.  Gubei Water Town Entrance fee: RMB 150
Senior over 60 years old: Half Price

2. Opening Hours: 8:00- 17:00 (  ticket  selling till 16:30)

2. Simatai Great Wall: RMB 40  ( You need to book your ticket by phone one day in advance)
Ticket Booking Phone Number: 010 – 81009999

Note:
1.If you buy the ticket for Gubei Water Town, then you don’t need to book your Simatai Great Wall ticket one day in advance.
2. Gubei Water Town + Simatai Great Wall Combo Ticket: RMB 170
3. Cable car at Simatai Great Wall: RMB 80 (single); RMB120 (return)

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Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Simatai Great Wall & Gubei Water Town Day Tour   from US$85 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P 
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


How to Get to Mutianyu Great Wall by Bus.
How to Get to Badaling Great Wall by Bus.
How to Get to Badaling Great Wall by Train.
How to get to Gubei Water Town & Simatai GreatWall by Bus.

Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.