Inspired by the New York Times bestseller and wildly popular radio series, Newman Tours has created a tour that explores the human history of China through 50 of the most celebrated art objects in Beijing’s National Museum of China. Our guide will take you on an informative and entertaining journey of 4,000 years, using the most venerated objects of the museum’s collection to illustrate the principal developments of China’s epic history.
Please note all guests must bring their passport to be granted access to the National Museum of China.
- Meet outside exit A of Qianmen Metro Station. Following an introduction to Tiananmen Square we will enter the National Museum of China.
- Hear a brief history of the collection as you go through the museum’s security checks.
- Start your journey with the infamous 1.7 million old remains of the ‘Peking Man’ and end with the collapse of the Qing Dynasty in 1900s.
- Learn about the mythological animal motifs on the Houmuwu Ding, the world’s largest piece of intact 4,000 year old bronze ware.
- See the Han Dynasty Jade Suit burial practices of 200BC.
- Marvel at the Ming Dynasty indulgence of Empress Xiaojie’s coronet encrusted with 100 rubies and 5,000 pearls.
The Standard Meeting Point for Private and Select 50 Objects Tours is outside exit A of Qianmen Metro Station on East Qianmen Road (前门地铁站A口，在前门东大街上).
(All prices in Chinese Renminbi per guest)
|4 or more guests||290||390|
Private Tours can be scheduled for your group at any time you like.
VIP Tours are led by Newman Tours’ most experienced guides, and guarantee the provision of an iPad to enhance the content of your tour. They can start at any time you want, and feature exclusive content described in red italics under the Tour Schedule section of this page.
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What Our Guests Say
What the Media Says
“Plenty of fascinating historical information”
John Sunyer, Time Out
50 Objects Tour Follow Up
Guests on the History of China in 50 Objects Tour will receive a follow up email featuring informative and entertaining links including the following:
- China’s most precious antiques and why they are abroad
- Additional information on the long history of China
- Interesting articles about priceless artifacts
National Museum of China Information
|Opening Hours||9:00 to 17:00, closed on Mondays
(Tickets issued up until 15:30; Last entry at 16:00)