In what might be some of Beijing’s most text-heavy exhibits, this museum details every aspect of China’s legal system, from its dealings with corruption and counterfeiting to murder and the pettiest of crimes. It’s an ode to dense paperwork and the small print, though the Xi Jinping footage broadcast in 270-degree IMAX, and a massive data screen displaying criminal statistics from across China do provide much-needed visual distraction.
It lightens up a little on the upper floor, with a mock-up courtroom, international law and costume exhibits, though perhaps more interesting is the building itself – it’s housed in the former Yokohama Bank, which dates back to the late 19th century. It’s one of the only buildings in the historic Foreign Legation Quarter still open to the public.
Don’t miss The picture exhibition of the historic Foreign Legation Quarter, hosted in a former bank vault.
Estimated time 45 minutes.
English provisions English is very sparing; Chinese is dense and technical.
By Patrick Moore