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“Worth visisting with small kids”

China Railway Museum Dongjiao
Ranked #157 of 1,622 things to do in Beijing
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Reviewed 28 October 2011

My son loves Thomas the Tankengine and he had a great time at the railway museum. It is a bit out of town and having a good taxi (get them to wait) or an organised tour might be worth it for the shear reason of finding the place.
Our guide said that people moslt stay 20min as it is a big hall full of trains. However, we set a new record with a 90min visit. I think our son could have done another hour. Some engines are now better accessible through proper steps and the no-photo signs mentioned in the first review are gone.
If you are not into trains, don't bother. But of you like tank engines, like our four year old son, this is a morning well spent.

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Reviewed 8 August 2010

This is by no means a must-see, and my rating reflects the enthusiasm of accompanying small children as much as anything. However, if you have time and an interest in trains then it's worth an hour (maybe even 2 with kids). Standard tickek (yep, that's how they're spelling it at the moment) is 20rmb, half-price concessions, free for kids under 1.2m.
The best thing is that despite all the notices saying you can't climb on the trains, people do - at least the smaller engines - and a couple are set aside for this. But beware. There are none of the health & safety measures you might expect in the west. My advice would be to excersise good judgement in deciding whether or not to get on board any engines. Most are roped off and a big opportunity has been missed to provide elevated walkways in order to at least see inside the engines and carriages. I managed to sneak into one carriage, which was interesting if somewhat musty, but you're not supposed to go inside them. There were even some odd signs saying 'no photos' here and there (which of course everyone ignores).
Apart from the trains, there's a little seating area (bring a snack) where you might catch a DVD of Thomas the Tank Engine in Chinese, and a stall selling a few souvenirs but essentially it's just a big shed full of locomotives and there is only a lttle in the way of English language legends.
Getting there: It is possible by bus (e.g. 403) but easier by taxi I think. The bus depot is about 15 mins walk away just inside the north-east 5th ring road - the museum is outside, across the bridge and level crossing, bear north and follow the road and the entrance is on the right. However, be warned that at present it looks like you're heading into no-man's land here. The entrance is almost concealed and replete with a couple of giant concrete sewer tubes partially obscuring the gate. Nevertheless, there were taxis about.
Also note that this place is not the same as the old railway station at Qianmen (photos of which are included in other reviews for some reason). This museum is definitely off the beaten track but also close to the National Film Museum, a little farther out, and the 798 art district, closer to town.

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