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The China Bee Museum, established in 1993, is housed in a bungalow subtly hidden in the beauty of the Beijing Botanical Garden in 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.

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 ''蜜' (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.


Admission Fee:
CNY 2
Opening Hours:
08:00-17:00
Closed from November 15 to March 15
Bus Route:
318, 331, 360, 634, 714, 733, 737 to Beijing Zhiwuyuan (Beijing Botanical Garden, 北京植物园), then you could arrive at the China Bee Museum (中国蜜蜂博物馆).


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