China Railway Museum Travel Guide

China Railway Museum Travel tips


The city of Beijing in China is known for its wide variety of attractions, and one that you cannot afford to miss whenever you set foot in the city is the Chinese Railway Museum. It is the only national professional museum in China and was formerly known as the Museum of Science and Technology of the Railways’ Ministry. The initial purpose of this place was to host the cultural, film and model making exhibitions. Over the years, its purpose changed and it now serves as a place for collecting, preserving and showcasing the historical remains of the great China Railway.

The museum is divided into three distinct institutions known as the Eastern suburbs museum, Zhan Tianyou Memorial Hall, and the Zhengyang Gate Museum. All these constituent museums have their different features, and you need to find the time and visit all of them for you to confidently say that you enjoyed the relics of the Chinese railway Museum. Here is a brief travel guide for each of the constituent museums:

The Eastern Suburbs Museum

It is located in the first yard, in the Jiuxian Bridge North Road of Chaoyang District. It contains locomotives in an area that stretches up to about 16,500 square meters. It is divided into eight lines that contain different structures and trains. The locomotives on display are about fifty, and most of them were manufactured between 1881 and 1993. The oldest train in China can be viewed in this museum as well as the great Zhu De and Mao Zedong locomotives. All the locomotives are of different types and different origins. In a nutshell, a visit to the Eastern Suburbs Museum will make you appreciate the history of railway transport in China.

Opening hours: 09:00-16:00 from Tuesday to Sunday; closed on Monday. Admission fee: 20RMB p.p, free for children under 1.2m.

China Railway Museum Travel Guide


The Zhengyang Gate Museum

Located on the southeastern side of the Tiananmen Square, this museum serves as the primary exhibition space of the whole museum. This hall showcases the development of railway transport in China right from the beginning. The exhibition is designed to give people a view of the gradual development of railway transport in China, something that took around 130 years. The outline is categorized into five stages with explicit pictures to demonstrate the development phases fully. You will learn a lot about the development of China railway transport from the beginning up to the present day.

Opening hours: 09:00-16:00 from Tuesday to Sunday; closed on Monday. Admission fee: 20RMB p.p, free for children under 1.2m.

China Railway Museum guide


The Zhan Tianyou Memorial Museum

It is located on the North side of the Badalin Great Wall. It was brought up to appreciate the establishment of the figure Zhan Tianyou. It is about 2800 square meters and contains over two thousand pieces of cultural pieces. Zhan Tianyou, the character being appreciated here, was a standout scientist, project management expert, and engineer in China. He had a huge role to play in the development of the Chinese railways and lives between 1861 and 1919. The hall simply exhibits Tianyou’s innovation, struggles, and fantastic life through a wide variety of illustrative means.

Opening hours: 08:30-16:30 from Tuesday to Sunday; closed on Monday. From November to April of next year, it closes on Mondays. Admission fee: 20RMB p.p, free for children under 1.2m.

Visiting the Chinese railway museum is a once in a lifetime opportunity that will give you an insight of how the railway form of transport developed from the early stages up to the present day.Make a point of checking in this fantastic and informational place whenever you visit Beijing.

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