The temporary nature of its stamp exhibitions mean that budding philatelist may be left a little wanting at the collection here, but for postal history enthusiasts, it’s jackpot time: from explanations of early forms of distance communication, to scale models of primitive, camel-based kuaidi sorting stations, onto uniforms and offices since China Post’s official founding in 1896, this one’s got it all. Jokes aside, it’s actually rather interesting, and a decent reminder of how we take communication for granted in our age of instant messaging and lightning parcel delivery.
Don’t miss Beijing’s most incongruous museum display, on the fourth floor: a peep hole onto a massive scale model of penguins atop an iceberg. Why? We’re still unsure.
Estimated time One hour.
English provisions English titles only.