Sometimes some of the most interesting things you see when visiting a new place are those you find by chance. And the Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution (中国人民革命军事博物馆) was definitely one of those things for me during my trip to Beijing, China.
Located in the Haidian district of Beijing, the Military Museum showcases restored military equipment from the People’s Liberation Army. Originally built at the end of the 1950s, the museum has since undergone several renovations (notably the one that was underway while I was there).
While visiting, we were only able to see the outdoor exhibit, but when the main building is open, it features ten halls on four floors.
The exhibits feature both weapons and vehicles used by the Chinese military as well as those that were captured from the Japanese, the Americans, the UK, and Korea. The Hall of Weapons also showcases items from China’s space program including a satellite and an orbital capsule (which I unfortunately didn’t get to see).
Admission to the museum is free and it is definitely worth the visit for its historical value if you have the time.
|中国人民革命军事博物馆||Zhōngguó rénmín gémìng jūnshì bówùguǎn||Military Museum of the Chinese People’s Revolution|
|海淀区||Hǎidiàn qū||Haidian district|
|中国人民解放军||Zhōngguó rénmín jiěfàngjūn||People’s Liberation Army|
|十大建筑||Shí dà jiànzhú||Ten Great Buildings|
|抗日战争||Kàngrì zhànzhēng||Second Sino-Japanese War|
|国民党||Guómíndǎng||Nationalist Party of China|
No. 9, Fuxing Road, Haidian District, Beijing
Hours: 8:30 to 16: 00
What about you?
What are some of the unexpected things or places that you have come across you’re traveling?
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