The best museums in Huairou and Changping

Feel like getting out of town? Head to these museums

Huairou and Changping are more often seen as stopping points on the way to the Great Wall of China, but the districts themselves are worth visiting for the quirky museums they have to offer.

Huairou

Red Star Erguotou Museum (北京二锅头酒博物馆)

The Red Star Erguotou Museum – way up in Huairou district – is worth the journey. Incredibly clean and well-maintained, the entire complex is a factory that’s still used to distil vats and vats of Erguotou – a brand of the throat-burning clear spirit, baijiu. At the entrance a ...

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1 Hongxing Lu

Beijing Classic Car Museum (北京老爷车博物馆)

At this enormous warehouse in Huairou district, former government chauffeur-turned-collector Luo Wenyou keeps the majority of his 200 or so classic cars, among them a plush 1975 limo made by the Chinese brand Hongqi as a gift for Mao Zedong. He died before he could receive it, but now it’s the ...

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Changping

Chinese Aviation Museum (中国航空博物馆)

All the way in Changping district, the Chinese Aviation Museum – the largest in Asia – features displays of 300 aircraft and thousands of missiles, guns and military equipment. Outside are countless Chinese- and Soviet-made fighter jets (including the PLA’s first, the F-6) and bombers. Make your ...

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Shuiku Lu

China Tank Museum (中国坦克博物馆)

For a place that glorifies heavy artillery, there is something surprisingly peaceful about the Tank Museum, owing to its setting near the surrounding Yanshan Mountains. Skip the sparse entrance building and stroll around the expansive courtyard with its 40-plus tanks – all with English-language ...

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Yangfang Zhen

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