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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.

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Beijing Police Museum

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Beijing Police Museum

Housed in the former imposing American Citibank,

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Built on the site of what was once the National City Bank of New York, the Beijing Police Museum displays over 1500 artifacts. Some of the more memorable include a cracked skull, Qing dynasty torture and execution instruments, declassified investigation material and interactive games for children.

Though any reference to the sensitive subject of modern-day police corruption and keeping law and order during the Cultural Revolution are (unsurprisingly) absent, there are still a good number of crime scene exhibits and ‘cultural relics’ to make this lesser-known museum well worth a visit.

Beijing Police Museum
West Legation Street, Beijing
8522 5018
am-4pm Tue-Sun. Closed Mon