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Bee Kingdom in Beijing: China Bee Museum

2016-06-29 16:03:00Share:

Established in 1993, the China Bee Museum is located in a bungalow subtly hidden in the beauty of the Beijing Botanical Garden in Beijing's Haidian District.


  This bee kingdom possesses three exhibition halls, and the main theme of the exhibition is 'Bees are friends of human beings'. The exhibits here vary as follows: the origin and fossils of bees, the history of bee culture, the cultural origins between bees and human beings, China resources of bee keeping, bee biology, bee pollination, bee products, and bee venom therapy, among others.

china bee museum beijing haidian


  On entering this bee wonderland, one grows quite excited and feels as if he is wandering in the ancient world afar. There are a total of 475 pictures and diagrams and over 600 specimens. One picture of an ancient rock attracts the most attention. It describes how men in ancient times climbed cliffs to collect the wild honey. Moreover, all the bee fossils and specimens are vivid and great in style, expressing the history and life of the bee in every possible way. After learning the ins and outs of the interesting and particular kinds of bee dances, one may well understand the mystery of the insect world.


  The word ''Mi' (honey in Chinese) was discovered in the inscriptions on bones and tortoise shells of the Shang Dynasty (16th-11th century BC), which demonstrates that China has a long history of bee culture. In addition, a consulting service regarding bee products is also provided. One can buy inexpensive but excellent products, books about bee keeping, and souvenirs from the sales exhibition.

china bee museum beijing haidian


  Admission Fee: Free


  Opening Hours: 08:00-16:30, closed from November 15 to March 15.


  Bus Route:Take bus No. 318, 331, 360, 634, 714, 733, or 737 to Beijing Zhiwuyuan (Beijing Botanical Garden), then walk to the museum.

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