Chinese People's Anti-Japanese War Museum

Chinese People's Anti-Japanese War Museum, Beijing

Chinese People's Anti-Japanese War Museum

Chinese People's Anti-Japanese War Museum
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09:00 - 16:30
Monday
09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday
09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday
09:00 - 16:30
Thursday
09:00 - 16:30
Friday
09:00 - 16:30
Saturday
09:00 - 16:30
Sunday
09:00 - 16:30

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Isham1781
Charlottesville, VA2 contributions
Fascinating CCP perspective
Oct 2019
Well worth the visit. The museum provides a first-rate narrative of the Chinese struggle against Japanese imperialism from the early 1930s through 1945, told from the perspective of the ruling Communist Party of China. That is, the exhibits and explanations portray the party as the main protagonist, sometimes joined by the KMT; the party's leaders, from Mao Zedong on down, are lionized; one main lesson of the struggle is how a weak country, under enlightened leadership and with correct ideology, can defeat a strong one. Japanese atrocities are placed in a special section at the end of the tour, and the effect is powerful. The museum can help the non-Chinese visitor understand how the party today -- and hence, one assumes, many Chinese citizens -- interprets the country's epic, traumatic struggle of many decades ago and why it remains useful for the party to keep alive memories of Japanese imperialism and atrocities.
Written 29 October 2019
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Heather P
Beijing, China23 contributions
The Museum of the Chinese People's Resistance to Japanese Oppression
Feb 2019 • Couples
to give it the proper title.
This is a challenging and provocative museum. I went after reading Geling Yan's book "The Flowers of War" about the rape of Nanjing. This museum holds some archive material of the event and it is distressing. What is more distressing is how the west has a seeming monopoly on WW2 which is called the Global War against Fascism here and it seems to me that that is a much more thoughtful response to the conflict. The whole museum highlights the Chinese perspective and, in places, may seem like propaganda but no more than any war museum in America or the UK.
The total highlight for me was Paul Robeson singing the Chinese National Anthem and the exhibits about Nanjing. But there was much to learn about modern Chinese history and areas to research after our visit.
We went by public transport and it took a while but was easy to find and the staff very patient with us as non Chinese speaking foreigners.
(I think it is a must see because it reflects a huge area of impact in Chinese history and world)
Written 16 July 2019
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T L
Dallas, TX9 contributions
Closed on Mondays
Jul 2019 • Solo
Wish this listing within TripAdvisor states that it is closed on Mondays!!! Nice surroundings within where the museum is though. I suppose I'll keep walking to the Marco Polo Bridge.
Written 15 July 2019
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GayleUK
London, UK558 contributions
V cold museum with OK content. free of charge. take your ID
Jan 2018 • Family
on a practical level, a sizable museum with a lot of content requires time to walk slowly and read - not having heating messes this up. Wrap up warm if you're going in winter. Museum has been overhauled recently so modern layout (some old plastic soldier models rescued from the old museum but mostly re-done), plenty of english translations but like so many Chinese exhibitions never explores the 'why'. facts are presented then moved on from. We went to the similarly themed museum in Harbin which was so much better as it explored one topic in depth. This covers a lot in scant detail
Written 28 January 2018
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Trevor1957
Talsarnau, UK21 contributions
Makes you think ...... what if?
Jan 2018 • Couples
For the Chinese nation, World War 2 started in 1937. Just south of the museum (outside of the village walls) is Marco Polo Bridge, local name Lugou Bridge, which was the scene of an attack by Japanese invading forces. This museum tells the story and gives an idea of what happened over the next 8 years.

The museum is very modern, has lots of exhibits and photographs plus most exhibits and photographs have an English translation. An unusual exhibits is the glass floor under which there is a display of captured Japanese weapons, flags and so forth.

The only negative was that the advertised café and souvenir shop were not evident and one of the guides indicated they were not yet established. There are a couple of cafes and places to eat near to the museum.

Interesting and thought provoking. Combine a visit here with a short walk to the Marco Polo Bridge.
Written 3 January 2018
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j p
Brisbane, Australia1 contribution
Worthwhile and interesting.
Jun 2017 • Solo
Not all of the displays have English captions but overall a very informative and clear explanation of these terrible and sad times for the people of China. The staff were very friendly.
Written 18 November 2017
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CoisDeZweed
Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands722 contributions
The greatness of China on display. With a tad of propaganda
Jul 2017 • Couples
I really like this museum because it shows the point of view of China on the war. Sometimes it looks like they think that they were the best in the war and that they taught the other allies everything.

The Japanese have done horrible things and this part of the exhibition is horrible. I am just glad that all the people in China came out of the war stronger than ever before.

A must visit, this museum with a 100% China point of view.
Written 14 July 2017
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Stuart P
London, UK76 contributions
War at its worst and quite disturbing
Jun 2016 • Friends
Excellent Museum on the brutality of the Japanese Empire from the Chinese perspective. It's a bit of a trek so best to get a Taxi for the day 400 Yuan and visit a few sites.
Written 17 June 2016
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bonanza1973
San Carlos, CA598 contributions
modern museum, beautiful exhibits
Apr 2016 • Solo
It's a 1.8 km walk (25 min) from exit D of the Dawayao metro station on line 14. All items are beautifully arranged, behind glass, with simple English details. The museum provides good detail in all aspects of the Chinese people’s war against Japanese aggression, "Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945)". It's a worth visit to understand Chinese attitude towards Japan, towards Taiwan, towards peaceful coexistence. There's interesting bits on how the Chinese diaspora gave support back to China; how China issued visas to Jewish refugees to escape.

From here you can stroll to the nearby Wanping Fortress or Marco Polo Bridge.

Gate fee is free with a passport.
Written 16 April 2016
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Simon M
Tokyo, Japan40 contributions
An important era in China's modern history often not well understood
Jul 2015 • Solo
This museum is a 'must see' for anybody who is keen to understand the tensions between China and Japan that persist to the present day. It gives a very thorough rundown of what China calls its 'People's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression' from 1937-1945. It starts the narrative in 1931 when Japan first occupied the Manchurian region in northeastern China. The displays are very professional, and explanations are in both Chinese and English. Some of the displays are a bit confronting (photographs of the Nanjing Massacre, for example), but these mainly seemed to be confined to the one area of the museum. Give yourself at least an hour to get through the museum comfortably. Tie it in with a visit to the nearby Marco Polo Bridge.
Written 2 January 2016
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