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Retreat to Museums while Visiting Beijing in Summer

For those who want to get away from the summer heat and enjoy a break from the city noises and crowd in Beijing, retreat to one of the many museums in Beijing would be an excellent choice. Here are two top museums worth considering visiting.

China National Museum
China National Museum

China National Museum covers a total construction area of nearly 200000 square meters, with collection of more than 120 items, which is the largest museum complex in the world. The museum has 49 exhibition halls, with a minimum area of 700 square meters. The largest central hall covering 2000 square meters. Warehouse capacity reached 1000000 to 1200000 items. There are four VIP rooms respectively decorated with wood, brick, stone and copper - the Brick Hall features the Suzhou brick-carving style. Wood Hall is decorated with Nanmu, carefully carved by Dongyang arts and Crafts Master Mr. Lu Guangzheng. In front of the Copper Hall sits a bronze screen and the inscription comes from Dayuding, carved by the copper-carving artist Mr. Zhu Bingren. The museum is a great place to understand Chinese history and appreciate arts.

Capital Museum
Beijing Capital Museum

Capital Museum is a comprehensive museum equipped with the most advanced facilities. Here displays a wide array of collections, with the unearthed relics from Beijing as basic exhibit, demonstrating Beijing history, cultural relics, archeology and more. The Capital Museum with its magnificent architecture, rich exhibition, advanced technology, excellent services, has become a large-scale modern museum living up to Beijing as the historical and cultural city, cultural center and international metropolis. Now the museum has been listed into the first-class domestic and international advanced museum.

Over the years, the Capital Museum has collected all kinds of artifacts, and the collection of cultural relics has reached two hundred and fifty thousand pieces, including: bronze, ceramics, painting and calligraphy, inscriptions, coins, jade, seals, embroidery, bamboo tooth angle device, Buddhist statues, stationery, arts and crafts. The collection is very unique and rare both in China and abroad. Most of the collection was unearthed from Beijing area, including cultural relics excavated after the founding of the peoples Republic of China, from the new stone age, the Shang and Zhou Dynasties and Liao, Jin, Yuan, Ming to Qing dynasty.

Overall, these two museums make for perfect summer retreat while visiting Beijing.