A restored Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) temple is the location of Beijing’s first architecture museum. The outdoor exhibits and picturesque grounds make it feel more like touring a section of the Summer Palace than a stuffy museum. The indoor exhibitions give highly specific details on ancient construction techniques, materials and various styles of architecture – charting the development of Chinese construction from mud huts to today's cloud-greeting skyscrapers. Perfect for design and building enthusiasts, or anyone interested in Chinese history. If you fancy taking home a souvenir, bring a spare 500,000RMB for a marble statue from the eye-wateringly expensive gift shop.
Don’t miss The jaw-droppingly beautiful ceiling carving in the Tai Sui (Jupiter) Hall.
Estimated time One to two hours.
English provisions English translations and descriptions are sparing, but English audio guide is available.