Beijing’s tribute to all things taxing used to have pride of place next to the Forbidden City, but in 2015 it was booted out to the Fourth Ring Road, and is now next to nothing in particular.
If you do decide to head out there, expect a pleasant mix of the beguiling and banal. Exhibits in former category include ancient abacuses and iterations of cash through the ages, featuring bucolic scenes aplenty. Falling potentially in the latter category to all but the most niche of tax enthusiasts, one section of the museum is devoted to the evolution of the fapiao.
Nothing in this world can be said to be certain, except death and good times at the Beijing Taxation Museum. That might not be exactly spot on, but at least a trip here is, perhaps ironically, completely free.
Don’t miss The tribute to the taxes of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, complete with lunch vouchers.
Estimated time 40 minutes.
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