National Zoological Museum of China (国家动物博物馆)

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Beichen Xi Lu
On the Chinese Academy of Sciences campus, the Zoological Museum houses animal specimens from all corners of the world. Spiralling up through three storeys stuffed full of taxidermied land beasts and preserved marine animals, it all revolves around the museum’s centerpiece – an enormous whale skeleton suspended from the ceiling. Some of the actual taxidermy work is better than others (the hall on domestic pets might be scary for some). Standouts, however, include the first-storey collection of birds and the whole second storey, which is dedicated entirely to bugs. Fun fact we learned: there are more than 300,000 beetle species alone.

Don’t miss An incredibly beautiful and comprehensive collection of butterflies.
Estimated time One-and-a-half hours.
English provisions All signage is in Chinese but an English-language audio guide is available and informative.

Venue name: National Zoological Museum of China (国家动物博物馆)
Opening hours: 9am–4pm Tues-Sun
Admission: 40RMB; 20RMB (children and students)
English address: Building 1, Chinese Academy of Sciences Olympic Campus, Beichen Xi Lu, Chaoyang district
Chinese address: 朝阳区北辰西路1号院5号(中科院奥运园区内)
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