China’s film industry is a booming success. But how, and why? The China National Film Museum (CNFM) is devoted to answering these questions and more!
doubles as an IMAX theatre, and has a large four-storey atrium with
a winding path to
the top. Each floor is packed with awe-inspiring exhibits and the best part? Entrance is free!
On the second
floor, which features
the early film industry in
China, I learned an interesting
fact: despite the invention of the phonograph, enabling sound on films, the majority of Chinese films remained silent for quite a long time. The rest of the floor delves into the communist era and the influence of party ideology on the film industry.
The third floor houses a massive array of exhibits depicting Chinese films. However, I enjoyed the exhibits on the fourth floor the most.
The highlight for me was the life-size village, and I also learned a lot about the special effects used in movies.
Unfortunately, CNFM is positioned rather far from the more populated
areas of Beijing, and therefore there are not a lot of taxis.
Also, the boards that explain the exhibits
are all written in Chinese. However,
you can rent the English audio guides
for 10RMB, which provided me with
some useful insight. Without them, I wouldn’t know fascinating facts like
who the Lumière brothers – the earliest filmmakers in history – were.
I would definitely recommend a visit to this museum to my friends.
China National Film Museum 9 Nanying Lu Chaoyang District. See address details