Attraction NO. 9 Fuxing Road, Beijing 100038, China Published on: 01-08-2016
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Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution is good for
- Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
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Why Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution is special ?
The Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution is located in Chang'an Avenue, west of Beijing's Tian'anmen Square. This building was built in 1959 for the celebration of the 10th China National Festival. The Military Museum is a collection, research and display facility for historical relics, physical objects, documents and materials which reflect the military fighting process under the lead of the Communist Party of China, the achievement of the People's Army and China's military history stretching over 5,000 years.
The Military Museum mainly displays military history combined with military technology and military arts. It puts an emphasis on the display of China's revolutionary war, China's defense, army buildings and weapons. China's ancient military display, military technology display, military display and temporary display are also included. There are some exhibition halls.
What to explore at Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution?
Ancient Wars Hall
According to the ancient wars' history, in this hall, you can get acknowledgement of every important war, excellent militarists, generals and soldiers in China's history. You can see the bronze weapons which were indispensable during spring and autumn periods, the Warring States period, and the Xia, Shang and Zhou dynasties. Moreover, you can experience the ancient people's intelligence from the firearms used in the Tang and Song dynasties and the book of Sun Zi Bing Fa.
Anti-Japanese War Hall
This hall mainly shows us the anti-Japanese war history from July 1937 to August 1945 on the basis of the organization of the Chinese Communist Party and second cooperation with Kuomintang (KMT). The exhibits reflect the significant role of the eighth route, the new fourth armies and South China's anti-Japanese guerrillas in the war of resistance against Japanese aggression under the lead of the Communist Party of China.
War of Liberation
The duration of the War of Liberation was four years from 1945 to 1949. With the national people's support, the Communist Party of China eliminated 8 million armed forces of Kuomintang (KMT) and overthrew the domination of imperialism, feudalism and bureaucratic capitalism after three tough stages — the strategic defensive, strategic stalemate and the strategic counter-offensive. Finally, it set up the Republic of China.
In the weapons hall, you can see firearms, artillery, armored vehicles, missiles, warships and aircraft. Those weapons are all from the revolutionary war, used and captured in coastal defense, frontier defense and air defense battles after the founding of new Republic of China, as well as some of the weapons designed by China itself.
How to get to Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution?
Take Subway Lines 1 and 9
Take buses: 1, T1, T5, T6, 21, 32, 68, 205, 308, 320, 337, 617, 728, 802 and 827
- Great for fans of military history and hardware
- Boy's paradis
- Reflect the military fighting process
- The exhibition of historical relics
- The weapons designed by China itself.
NO. 9 Fuxing Road, Beijing 100038, China
Tips for you
We weren't sure what to expect but decided to visit this museum. First of all, it's enormous, housed in a very impressive Soviet-style building. There is a ticket window that says 'Free with appropriate ID' and appeared to have free tickets for foreigners, the Chinese we saw were paying. They asked us for our passports as ID, but we didn't have them with us so they just let us in free anyway. Inside there is a free audio-guide with English option and many of the exhibits have English labels too including some very detailed ones about military campaigns and history. There is one area (outside on the ground floor) with a tank, anti-aircraft gun and various other pieces of hardware that you can climb on and play around with - had to drag both husband and children away from this part. We spent a fascinating few hours here.
Ok, so I suppose you could be offended at this Museum if you are a Westener, however, the same could be said for a Chinese citizen visiting an American or British museum. This museum is what you would expect a good communist dedication to war and "the people" to be. Glorified murials/photos of the leaders and the people joining together to defeat aggressors. I'm not judging, just observing!Just last week I was at the Korean War Museum in Seoul, reading about how they fought back against the Chinese Invastion from 1950-1953. Today I visited the Hall of the War to resist US Aggression and aide Korea from 1950-1953!The museum is free. There is a ticket window that says admisstion free with valid ID. I held up my US drivers license and the girl at the window just handed me a ticket!A huge collection of hardware from planes, tanks, various small artillery, swords, handguns, etc. Most of the exhibits are in Mandarin, but for 10RMD (about $1.50 us dollars) you can rent an audio tour at the front desk. I got there late in the day and just ran through all the exhibits, however, wish I had bought the audio tapes so I could listed to the Chinese version/accounts of their military history.Take the Subway, Line 1, to the Military Museum stop. This is about 6 stops west of Tinamen Square area and a 15-20 minute journey. From the Wangfujing area, a taxi ride is about 25-30RMD.
I'm a peacenik at heart but I have the feeling that every little boy (and some girls too) will be in awe if you bring them to this Museum. Stacks of guns, missiles, military vehicles and even some relics from China's forays into space flight are the star attraction of this museum. It's not all modern weapons of war though. For the history buffs the museum has a section that depicts ancient Chinese warfare and technology, with a bonus that a couple of terracotta warriors (not entirely sure if these are copies or not) are on display there as well; if you don't have time to go to Xi'an, this is the most convenient place to find the warriors. It has it's own subway station so it shouldn't be hard to find, and best of all it's free! Take note however that you should take some of the displays with a grain of salt, as a lot of it is tinged with propaganda. Then again, what military museum isn't?.