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The National Museum of China,the Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution and Beijing Capital Museum One Day Tour

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  • , the Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution and Beijing Capital Museum in one day trip,to see all the three museums on a one day tour.
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Product Name The National Museum of China,the Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution and Beijing Capital Museum One Day Tour
Item NO 119364
Weight 0.0000 kg = 0.0000 lb = 0.0000 oz
Category Private Tours > Small Group Tours
Tag The National Museum of China , the Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution , Beijing Capital Museum
Brand Beijing Trip Advisor
Creation time 2018-02-08


1.National Museum of China

The National Museum of China sits to the east of Tiananmen Square and south of Chang'an Street, opposite to the Great Hall of the People.  Finished at the same time, the National Museum of China and the Great Hall of the People were both among the 'Ten Great Constructions' completed for the 10th birthday of the PRC. It was built on the basis of the former Museum of Chinese History and the former Museum of Chinese Revolution,  being the most inclusive museum of time-honored Chinese culture and history in the country. After four year's renovation and expansion, the new National Museum of China reopened in March, 2011 ranks among the largest modern museums in the world.
History of National Museum of China
The Museum of Chinese History developed from the National History Museum which was constructed in 1912 at the site of Beijing Guozijian originally. Later it moved to the Meridian Gate (Wumen) and the Upright Gate (Duanmen) of the Forbidden City. After the founding of the People's Republic of China, the government decided to build a new museum to the east of Tiananmen Square in August, 1958. Thereby, a new structure named the Museum of Chinese History was born in the next September.

The Museum of the Chinese Revolution grew out of the Preparatory Office of Central Revolution Museum that came into existence in March, 1950. The Preparatory Office was set in Circular City (Tuancheng) of Beihai Park at the beginning and moved to the Hall of Martial Valor of the Forbidden City before long. In October, 1958, a new building took shape to the east of Tiananmen Square. August, 1959 saw the completion of the building. August of the next year was the time when the Museum of the Chinese Revolution was presented and the Preparatory Office was eliminated. Its official opening was on July 1st, 1961.

In September, 1969, the Museum of Chinese History and the Museum of the Chinese Revolution were combined as the Revolution and History Museum of China. Later they went back to their separate buildings in the early years of the 1980s. On February, 28, 2003, the museum was inaugurated. 

It was closed again for renovation and rebuilding in 2007 and reopened on March 1, 2011. The new one is two times larger than the previous one. The exhibition themed the Road to Rejuvenation once inaugurated in celebration of the 60th birthday of the PRC in 2009 is the first display in the new National Museum of China. The northern exhibition area was unveiled firstly to the public.
Main Exhibits and Facilities
Exhibit in National Museum
Picture of Founding Ceremony
of People's Republic of China
After renovation and expansion, National Museum of China has in total 48 exhibition halls, ranging from 800-2,000 square meters (960-2,400 square yards). Ancient China and the Road to Rejuvenation are the main basic exhibitions to show nearly 3,000 historic materials from Yuanmou Man about 1,700,000 years ago to the abdication of the Qing Emperor in 1912 in ten exhibition halls, and modern and contemporary revolutionary relics since the First Opium War (or the First Anglo-Chinese War) in 1840 in nine exhibitions halls, mirroring more than 100 years development of China from 1840 to the founding of the PRC in 1949.

National Museum of China is devoted to display of treasured collections in form of various thematic exhibitions, such as the Arts of bronze, porcelain, jade, Chinese calligraphy and paintings, Buddhist statues, Ming & Qing furniture, coins, etc in ancient China; to display feature culture relics, significant archeological discoveries and ethnic culture and folk customs in the form of exchanges and cooperation with local museums; to display different civilizations and artistic creations in the world in the form of loan and exchange exhibitions. There are temporary exhibition halls to display modern art. 

New buildings of National Museum of China during the latest renovation project include several banquet rooms respectively decorated with wood, brick, bronze and stone carvings. In order to provide a variety of services, the new National Museum has shops offering tea, coffee, souvenirs, as well as an auditorium and a 700-seat theater.
Top Treasures
The National Museum of China houses the most cherished and topmost level cultural relics of the whole nation, which can be seen in history schoolbook. The oldest exhibit is the teeth of Yuanmou Man 1.7 million years ago. There are also the stone tools and ancient jade ritual objects of prehistoric times. Simuwu Rectangle Ding, which is the top treasure of the museum is the biggest piece of bronze ware in China. It was discovered in the Yin Ruins Royal Tomb of the Shang Dynasty. The image in the emblem of the National Museum of China is Simuwu Ding. In addition, the 34.5kg bronze Four Ram Zun Vessel of the Shang Dynasty, the Tang Dynasty Tricolor Pottery with Musician and Dancing Figures on Camelback excavated in Xian in 1957 and the Jade Shroud Sewn with Gold Thread for the emperor and nobility of the Han Dynasty are also top treasures of the museum. 
Permanent and Regular Exhibitions
 The Road to Rejuvenation (North Galleries N5-N7, N12-N15):  from Opium War of 1840 - attempts and achievements at national rejuvenation
 Ancient China (Galleries N20-N25, S15-S18, S20): a complete picture of Chinese history from the prehistoric times to the late Qing Dynasty 
 Masterpieces of Chinese Fine Arts (Central Hall 1): paintings and sculptures about historical and revolutionary themes 
 Chinese Qing and Ming Furniture (Gallery N9): furniture made of lacquered wood or hardwood of Ming and Qing Dynasty
 Stone Sculptures of Song Dynasty (Public Area): embossments of Song Dynasty unearthed in Sichuan Province showing the ancient people's life and funeral custom
 Ancient Chinese Porcelain (Gallery N17): various porcelains from Zhou to Qing Dynasty
 Ancient Chinese Money (Gallery S11):  the objects, including early cowrie shells, coins in different shapes that were used for over 2,000 years, and machine-made copper or silver coins inlate Qing
 Ancient Chinese Jades (Gallery S13): some of the finest jade objects dating from the Neolithic times to the Qing Dynasty to be displayed 
 Ancient Chinese Bronze Art (Central Hall 2): those ancient bronzes from the Xia, Shang, and Western Zhou Dynasties to the Spring and Autumn and the Warring States Periods
 Ancient Chinese Buddhist Sculpture (Central Hall 2): including buddhist sculptures once lost overseas, bestowed by the State Bureau for Preservation of Cultural Relics, borrowed from Qingzhou Museum and new collections of this museum
 Visitors are not allowed to take selfie sticks and tripods for the safety of the exhibits in the museum. Those who already take the above-mentioned equipment are required to deposit their equipment before entering. Meanwhile, flash photography is also prohibited in the museum.

2.The Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution 

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.

Main Features
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.

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.

Weapons Hall
the chinese military museum
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.

Travel Essentials
Location: 9 Fuxing Road, Haidian District, Beijing (北京市海淀区复兴路9号) 

Take Subway Lines 1 and 9
Take buses: 1, T1, T5, T6, 21, 32, 68, 205, 308, 320, 337, 617, 728, 802 and 827
Opening times:

8:30am-5:30pm from 1st April to 1st November
8:30am-5:00pm during the winter period

The Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution is free to visit
You can get a free ticket with your valid ID card. However, the museum stops supplying tickets within 30 minutes before closing
You will get a security check before you enter.

3.Beijing Capital Museum

The address of Beijing Capital Museum is: 16 Fuxingmen Outer Street in the west extension of Chang'an Avenue, in Xicheng District of Beijing City. It covers an area of 29,700 square yards (24,832 square meters) with five floors above ground and two floors underground; its floor area has now reached 75,800 square yards (63,378 square meters). The initial construction started in 1953, and it was formally open to the public in 1981. The Confucian Temple, along the Guozijian Street, was its original site. In order to accommodate a larger collection and a better service to visitors, the new site of Capital Museum was built in December, 2001 and opened on May 18th, 2006.

Collecting, exhibiting cultural relics, and undertaking related research are the three main tasks. Beijing Capital Museum has fully adopted internationally advanced technology in its construction and ranks among the best in China. With imposing building, abundant exhibitions, high technology and advanced services, it has placed itself in the world a leading position. Cultural relics unearthed in this city are its main items on display, which bear forceful features of the city.

Beijing Capital Museum stored various kinds of cultural relics extensively over the past decades. Bronze Vessels, porcelain ware, calligraphy works, paintings, coins, jades, seals, needlework, Buddhist statues are in its collection. Some of them enjoy a high reputation both at home and abroad for their rarity.

Most of the collections are those unearthed after 1949. Some cultural relics even date back to the New Stone Age. In total, there are 5,622 pieces of cultural relics on exhibition in the main exhibition hall and in the oval exhibition hall.
Stele of the Emperor Qian Long - Representative Treasure
The Stele of the Emperor Qian Long is a treasure in it. This stele with a height of 22 feet (6.7 meters) and a weight of over 40 ton is constructed of white marble and is well preserved. The Stele of Qian Long is composed by the stele body, two stele caps and two stele bases. The inscription on the stele is in both Manchu and Han languages and in the Kai (regular script) characters. It contains two passages, which share the idea to demonstrate the significance of the capital. These two passages are also the greatest value among the steles of this emperor.

In addition, Beijing Capital Museum has many other valuable cultural relics. Its exhibition can be divided into three parts - the temporary exhibit, the main display, and the fine collection display.

Temporary Exhibit
Beijing Capital Museum occupies two floors of the main exhibition hall, on the lower ground and ground floors. The items on display are constantly renewed. The culture of Beijing and other places of China and the world may all be the themes of the temporary exhibits.
Main Display
The main display includes exhibitions on history, building construction and folk customs of this city.
It form the core of the exhibition and are exhibited in the central display case. They present the development of the city from a remote antiquity to the foundation of New China. Over 675 pieces of cultural relics and a number of diagrams and pictures are on display, including stone implements, porcelain wares, bronzes, gold and silver ware, and many jades.

Hutongs (lanes) and Siheyuans (Chinese traditional courtyards) are full of local characters, and form the background of the exhibition. The life of people living in the courtyards in Hutong, the folk customs such as weddings, celebrations of a baby's arrival, and of festivals are vividly presented.

Fine Collection Display
It occupies seven exhibition halls in both main and the oval exhibition halls. Porcelain wares, bronzes, calligraphy works, paintings, jades, Buddha statues, exquisite artworks in study room, and folklore of old Beijing are displayed.

Altogether, 262 Tibetan and Han Buddha statues are on display here, most of which are displayed to the public for the first time. You will learn the history of Buddha statues' development and revolution in Tibetan regions and in Han regions

Porcelain wares exhibited here were excavated or handed over when the city served as the capital in the historic period. The exhibition focuses on porcelain wares of Song (960-1279), Yuan (1271-1368), Ming (1368-1644), Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. There are altogether 170 pieces and sets of porcelains. An exquisite blue-and-white globular-shape porcelain vase with under-glazed red and emblazoned with dragon, cloud and wave on display was estimated to be worth ten million in RMB in 2000.

Over 50 traditional Chinese paintings are on displayed. Paintings from the Ming and Qing dynasties are central to the exhibition. Famous paintings include the Students of Confucius, the Eighty-seven Gods and the Spring in South China.

Calligraphic works of Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties are on display. They can be divided into two categories, works of the famous calligraphy artists and those of royal family members. In total, 53 pieces and sets of calligraphy work are exhibited including inscriptions of the ode to the god of Luo River by Wang Xianzhi in Kai (regular script) character in Jin Dynasty, the calligraphy works of poems of plum blossom by Huang Tingjian in cursive writing in Song Dynasty, the Emperor Kangxi's and of Qianlong's calligraphic works.

Altogether, 132 pieces and sets of bronzes are on display; these can be divided into two groups according to their historical periods (the Western Zhou Dynasty (11th century BC - 771 BC) or Eastern Zhou Dynasty (770BC-221BC)) they belong to. This exhibition demonstrates the delicate craftsmanship and the long history of the bronzesof the culture.

A square castle is in the center of the bronze exhibition hall. Bronzes of the Western Zhou Dynasty are put in the display cases within the inner and the outside faces of the castle wall, while bronzes of the Eastern Zhou Dynasty are displayed by the wall of the exhibition hall. Exhibits of the two dynasties include weapons, ritual vessels, musical vessels, and other vessels. Thus, the differences between the bronzes of the two dynasties can be seen.

Over 180 pieces of jades show the jade's brief development. Many items of jades on display were unearthed from the noblemen's graves, and with rein-marks and the emperors' poems carved in. Among all the exhibits, the imperial jade seal of Qian Long (the fourth emperor of Qing Dynasty) has drawn the most attention. This white jade seal with circularly carved dragon was made in 1791 for Qian Long's eightieth birthday. It was the emperor's private seal, and used to be stamped on the emperor's many famous calligraphic works and paintings.

Chinese Jade Craftwork
Magnifying glasses provided here help you have a better look at the tiny pieces. The list of the main kinds of jade in ancient China, and sketch maps showing how the jades are used will also help you to better understand the exhibitions.

The writing brush, the ink, the ink stone and the paper are collectively called the Four Treasures of the study. They are the first part of the exquisite artworks in the study room, and are served as the main content of this exhibition. The second part of the exhibits is mainly small objects in the study room such as brush-holders, brush-racks, paperweights, sandalwood burners and seals. The study room furniture is the third part of the exhibits. A total of almost 150 pieces and sets of artworks are displayed here, including the imperial ink stick with the Emperor Qian Long's rein-mark, the Four Famous Ink Stones in China, and the bamboo brush-holder carved with Belvederes in a Landscape in Ming Dynasty.

It with its splendid treasures will provide you great pleasure, and its imposing building, advanced technology, and excellent services will leave a deep impression on you. Except that, the architecture of Capital Museum is full of Chinese chiastic, such as stone carvings on ground, the decorated archway in the hall, and the stone curtain.

What's Included
Domestic transportation as detailed in the itinerary
Private English-speaking guide 
Experienced Chinese-speaking driver and quality, air-conditioned vehicle
Admission tickets to all sights listed on the itinerary – no hidden costs
Free bottled water supplied in your vehicle
Meals as specified in quality local restaurants

What's Not Included
International flights to and from China
International travel insurance (you should purchase your own policy in your home country)
Accommodation - if you want us to book hotels for you, please let your advisor know either via email: 1935990176@QQcom or add customized requirement while you purchase our tours.

Tips for your guide and driver
Other personal expenses


This tour price is for two persons,and the one day tour price is for 8 hours a day, every 2 hours extra will be charged 30 US dollars per person.

Meals may change based on the time and location. You can also ask your guide to change your meals. We will try our best to help you enjoy a variety of Chinese food.

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