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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.

Museum of Ancient Architecture, Beijing, ChinaIvanWalsh.com / CC BY 2.0
Ancient architecture museum, main pavilion of a converted temple.
Model at Ancient architecture museum.

Gudai Jianzhu Bowuguan (Museum of Ancient Architecture)

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Gudai Jianzhu Bowuguan (Museum of Ancient Architecture)

Historic architecture museum now located on ancient site

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Gudai Jianzhu Bowuguan (Museum of Ancient Architecture) was once Xian Nong Tan, or Altar of Agriculture. In the 15th century ceremonies were held here to start the Chinese agricultural season. Today, the site is home to a museum of architecture. Explanations for the exhibits are in English.

Gudai Jianzhu Bowuguan (Museum of Ancient Architecture) contains many models of important Beijing buildings. The museum is easily accessible by bus. There is a nominal charge for admission.

Gudai Jianzhu Bowuguan (Museum of Ancient Architecture)
Dong Jing Lu 21, Beijing
Phone
010/6301-7620
Hours
9am-4pm