Beijing Capital Museum & National Center for the Performing Arts

Arts and culture buffs are exceptionally well catered to in Beijing. Of particular interest is the excellent Beijing Capital Museum, one of the country’s leading art museums. Opened in 1981, the museum boasts a vast collection of artifacts, including ancient items of porcelain and bronze, traditional calligraphy and artwork, and many fine statues from Chinese and other Asian cultures.

Other highlights of Beijing Capital Museum’s collection of more than 200,000 critical cultural artifacts – many originating from in and around Beijing – include the huge stele of Emperor Qian Long, weighing more than 40 tons, standing nearly seven meters in height and containing ancient scripts and writings.