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The city that got the ultimate makeover

Beijing is not the city it once was. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing depends entirely on your point of view. Well over a million people have been evicted from their homes to make way for the capital’s astonishingly rapid development, but the result is a more sophisticated, more worldly and more tolerant city. Groundbreaking architecture, plush five star hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants now rub shoulders with relics of the city’s past, be they street hawkers, traditional neighborhoods or UNESCO World Heritage sights.

Chinese, Indian and Buddhist Art Capital Museum / CC BY 2.0

Beijing Capital Museum

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Beijing Capital Museum

Large museum featuring many historical and cultural exhibits

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Beijing Capital Museum is large. There are six floors of exhibits. This museum is very new and modern, having just opened in 2006. It’s a great place to learn about Chinese culture and history. Several of the permanent exhibits detail the history and growth of Beijing.

Beijing Capital Museum is very popular, possibly because it is free. Reservations, however, are needed because the museum limits the number of visitors. If you don’t make a reservation, you may not get in. In addition to the exhibits there is also a cafe, a conference hall, and a movie hall.

Beijing Capital Museum
No.16, Fuxingmenwai Main Street, Xicheng District, Beijing