A trip here is surely a visit to one of the most grand museums in town – unsurprising, given that it’s one of the Ten Great Buildings built in 1959 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the PRC. Such architectural grandeur is matched by spectacular exhibits, with a cavernous atrium filled with Chinese aircraft dangling from the ceiling, flanked by missiles, engines, boats and artillery. The darkened basement houses twentieth-century tanks, heavy weaponry and more, from China, the US, Korea, the USSR and beyond, while the upper levels host temporary exhibitions on all things war, including history, relics and artworks.
Don’t miss The burnt-out shell of a crashed war plane in the basement.
Estimated time One-and-a-half hours.
English provisions Only names of exhibits and models are in English.