China People's Revolution Military
The Military Museum of the Chinese People's
Revolution stands on the north side of the central section
of Fuxing Road directly south of the Yuyuantan Park. The museum
is composed of two four-story wings and a main building of
seven stories topped with the gilded emblem of the Chinese
People's Liberation Army.
The museum occupies a total area of 60,000
square meters. After passing through the lobby, one comes
to the central exhibition hall, which contains over 500-odd
photographs and more than 1,000 mementos of the Chinese revolution
led by Mao Zedong over the course of half a century.
On the eastern side of the main building,
the three floors are taken up by specialized halls, the titles
of which are in the calligraphy of Chen Yi, who penned them
at the request of Zhou Enlai. The first floor is devoted to
the Second Revolutionary Civil War (1927-1937), the second
floor to the War of Resistance Against Japan (1937-1945) and
the third floor to the Third Revolutionary Civil War (1945-1949).
The exhibits in these three halls depict the 28 years from
the founding of the Chinese Communist Party in 1921 to the
establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949. They
treat the organization of the Party and the army, the establishment
of rural revolutionary bases and the seizure of state power
by the armed forces. Included in the more than 5,000 exhibits
are an oil lamp used by Mao Zedong during the Jinggang Mountain
struggle, and photographs showing Mao writing his essay "On
Protracted War" and delivering his famous speech at the
celebration of the founding of New China. Also on display
are photographs of Zhou Enlai, Zhu De and other veterans of
the revolution along with a collection of their personal effects.
Sections devoted to the People's Liberation Army and the masses
show the importance of their participation in the revolutionary
wars. There is also a special section devoted to noted revolutionary
martyrs such as Norman Bethune and D. S. Kotnis. In the western
wing, the first floor exhibition hall contains a general exhibition
while the second and third floors house a display entitled
¡°The Protection of Socialist Revolution and Construction.¡±
The outdoor plazas on either side of the central hall exhibit
representative weapons used by the People's Liberation
Army and the weapons captured from the enemy during various
periods of the revolutionary war.
Cloud Taoist Temple
Center "Water Cube"
Stadium "Bird's Nest"