Chinese Ethnic Culture Park (China Ethnic Museum)
Located in the southern section of the Olympic Park, the Chinese Ethnic Culture Park in Beijing is a large culture base combining an introduction to culture, singing and dancing performances, traditional housing and art and craft while providing the opportunity to experience ethnic flavored cooking of 56 ethnic groups.
China is home to 56 ethnic groups. Various ethnic groups present different kinds of living styles and customs, all contributing to China's vibrant culture.
The Chinese Ethnic Culture Park, also known as the China Ethnic Museum, has already completed displays for over 40 ethnic groups. A large number of ethnic culture relics and articles from daily use are exhibited in order to reflect authentic living conditions of each ethnic group. For example, the building of Han People, the largest ethnic group at home and abroad, is a cave-house composed of three courtyards. It is a typical Han cave found within Mizhi County of Shaanxi Province in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Tibetan Museum exhibits typical houses of the Khamba area, a display of Sutra Chanting Hall of the Jokhang Temple, daily-use articles of Tibetan People and many beautiful Tibetan pictures. You can also watch Tibetan-style singing and dancing performances drink buttered tea and sew Pulu, a handmade woolen product used for making clothes and carpet and often present at ceremonies.
There are many attractive scenic spots in the Chinese Ethnic Culture Park. The big banyan tree symbolizes the 56 ethnic groups banding together. The Ethnic Bridge which connects the north and south park adopts the architectural styles of Bai, Dong and Tibetan People. The Tenggeli Waterfall which falls from 161-feet (50-meter) high is the biggest man-made waterfall in China. Many typical ethnic architectural styles are available for viewing. Examples include the Tu People's stilt-house, Mosuo People's wooden house, Hui People's cave house and Li People's ship-shaped house. Hundreds of young men from a range of ethnic groups gather together and proudly be the guide to introduce their own culture.
The Chinese Ethnic Culture Park also holds ethnic groups' festivals and invites visitors to join in. The Water-Splashing Festival of the Dai People, the Mongolian's Nadam Fair, the Lisu People's Knife-Pole Festival, Miao People's Sister Festival and Yugur's Harvest Festival win much applause from visitors.
A brook murmurs through little bridges, flowers bloom in the sun, birds sing on the trees while rice and wheat send out fresh fragrance. Strolling in the Chinese Ethnic Culture Park you can feel the strong flavor of the minority groups. It is really a good place to refresh your mind and relax.
Serial Ethnic Minority Culture Exibitions:
Tu Minority: items in daily use exhibition, photos, and water mill imitation
Wa Monirity: wodden drum house
Miao Minority: traditional residence, Nuo Opera Hall
Dai Minority: traditional residence exhibition, Manfeilong Stupa, Vietnamnese temple Hinayana Buddism culture display, Water-splashing Dragon Pavilion, Telephone Well
Sala Minority: old Islamic Xuanli Tower, Liba residential house made of wood, earth and stone
Bai Minority: Bai traditional courtyard made of three rooms and a screan wall, new wedding room for the new couple, Tie-tyeing work house and room for the senior
Naxi Minority: Dongba Palace reconstitute, Naxi square street
Tujia Minority: hand-waving hall, Tujia Hualou - suspending wooden building with 9 pillars and exquisite wood carvings on pillars, beams, windows, doors, etc.
How to get there
1. Take Subway Line 8 or Line 10 and get off at Beitucheng Station. Get out from Exit D2 and you can see the south gate of the south park.
2. Take Subway Line 8 and get off at Aotizhongxin Station. Get out from Exit D and walk to the south for about five minutes to the south gate of the north park.
1. Take bus 607 and get off at Minzuyuan Lu Station.
2. Take bus 5, 21, 81, 82, 84, 92, 113, 620, 653, or Special Line 8 and get off at Beitucheng Subway Station.
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Mar. 16 - Nov. 14: CNY 90
Nov. 15 - Mar. 15 (only the north park is open): CNY 60
Monday: CNY 45
Note: Performances are canceled on every Monday.
Opening Hours: 8:30 - 18:00
Performance Timetable (May 28 to August 31, 2017)
|National Flag Raising-up Ceremony / Song and Dance of Ethnic Groups||08:40-08:50||Rongshu Square|
|Water-Splashing Activities||11:00-11:30||Dai Museum|
|Water-Splashing Activities||15:00-15:30||Dai Museum|
|Ethnic Groups Song Fair (August)||14:00-14:30||Naxi Museum|
|Ethnic Groups Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition||14:10-14:30||Santa Square|
|Ethnic Groups Dancing Party||16:50-17:10||Tibetan Museum|
Performance Hours in Each Ethnic Museum
Vsitors can go to the museums below at the designated time schedule to enjoy ethnic dance and song performances, folk art exhibitions, and little games. The museums below are open from 09:00-17:00.
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National Stadium (Bird's Nest)
National Aquatics Center (Water Cube)
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