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It’s located in the restored Ming Dynasty temple. As it was in the middle of summer, it was very hot in the courtyard as well as in the exhibition halls. The exhibition included highly specific details on ancient construction techniques, materials and various styles of...More
Relatively small, yet comprehensive museum on traditional Chinese architecture in a peaceful environment. Some of the signs were only partially translated to English but they do have quite a few models and photos on display (including a big 1:1000 scale model of Beijing in 1949)....More
This museum was pretty much bereft of visitors when we went,which is pretty unusual in Beijing! Situated in a somewhat hard to reach former temple, it tells the story of chinese architecture, both domestic and public. Lots of scale models, and as an added bonus,...More
The nearest metro station is 2 km (25 min) walk. All the exhibit rooms are beautifully arranged and displayed with minimal English signs. The museum focuses on Chinese architecture through different dynastic periods and cultural influences. Most of the displays are photos of existing buildings....More
....if you are interested in historic architecture. I went on a Sunday morning and had the place almost completely to myself. This was the opposite of most of the other historic sites you'll see in Beijing, which are packed with mostly Chinese tourists. It was...More
This museum is located in a temple, one of Beijing's ancient Ming altars. The main temple buildings hold an impressive number of artifacts and architecture. This is a great introduction to the sights you will see around China, or recap the sights you have seen....More
The 'Altar of Grain and Earth' gets a mixed review from me. I enjoyed my time there but I am aware that many would not. The temple itself is an interesting contrast to it's neighbor 'The Temple of Heaven' both in the fact that the...More