Chinese Ethnic Culture Park (China Ethnic Museum)

White Pagoda, Chinese Ethnic Culture ParkLocated 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.

Dance of Dai People
Dance of Dai People

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:

Qiang Minority: traditional residence, Qionglong (watch tower residence);
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

 By Subway:
1. Take Subway Line 8 or Line 10 and get off at Beitucheng Station. Get out from Exit F and you can see the south gate of the south park.
2. Take Subway Line 8 and get off at National Olympic Sports Center Station. Get out from Exit D and walk to the south for about five minutes to the south gate of the north park.
 By Bus:
1. Take bus 607 and get off at Minzuyuan Rd. Station.
2. Take bus 5, 21, 81, 82, 113, 620, 653 or Zhuan 8 and get off at Beitucheng Subway Station, then you can see the ticket office in the south park.
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Admission Fee & Opening Hours

Admission Fee From Apr. 1 - Oct. 31:
North Park: CNY45
South Park: CNY45
From Nov. 1 - Mar. 31:
North Park: CNY60
South Park: CNY60
Opening Hours Mar. 15 - Nov. 15: 8:30-18:00; stop entering at 17:00
Nov. 16 - Mar. 14: 8:30-16:00; stop entering at 15:00
1. On Mondays, some indoor exhibitions are closed.
2. The minors and the old over 60 enjoy free tickets.
 See more: 10 Fun Things to Do in Beijing with Family
- Last updated on Nov. 20, 2023 by Kate Liu -
Questions & Answers on Chinese Ethnic Culture Park
Asked by Iridiuum from MEXICO | Oct. 19, 2019 21:15Reply
After November 15 there are no more shows in Chinese Ethnic Culture Park?
Or what does it mean that only the north part is open?
Answers (1)
Answered by Liz from SINGAPORE | Oct. 21, 2019 20:37

It is the tourist off season during November 15th - March 15th. At this time, only North park is open to the public.
Asked by Philip from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 12, 2016 13:22Reply
Hi, is Chinese Ethnic Culture Park open on November 15 onwards? and are there still performance?
thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Tiana from SINGAPORE | Nov. 12, 2016 21:11

Hello, the park is open all around the year, so you can still visit the park after Nov. 15. But I heard the performances may be closed due to the bad weather. Just go and check!
Asked by Paugam from FRANCE | Mar. 11, 2016 03:55Reply
What is the program of Beijing Chinese Ethnic Culture from March 15 - 28 2016?
Can you give me the open hour for this period and the hour of performance?
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Answered by Grace from INDIA | Mar. 12, 2016 19:22

It is an Ethnic Culture museum that includes traditional architectures, display of crafts, ethnic food and custom as well as stylish singing and dancing performance. It will be open from 08:30 to 18:00, and the regular performances are still available during your visit.
Asked by helen from GERMANY | Mar. 14, 2015 06:14Reply
I would like to ask where I can see the traditional show (dance or theatre) in beijing?
What is the price and the performance time?
Many thanks for your help.
Answers (1)
Answered by Kenny from NEW ZEALAND | Mar. 15, 2015 03:16

Regular performances are arranged at the National Center for the Performing Art, which is located at no. 2, West Chang'an Street, Xicheng District. There you may enjoy the Chinese traditional show. Shows are on each day and the price varies a lot. You can search the schedule of the shows on this website.
Asked by leen.tsyen from BELGIUM | Jun. 23, 2013 02:38Reply
29 june - 7 july : Miao performances antd other in Ethnic Culture Park? Program 2013 ? Thanks Leen Belgium
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Answered by Bruce from MALAYSIA | Jun. 23, 2013 04:23

I am afraid that I did not find any related information about Miao's performance in the park.
Answered by Alex from USA | Jun. 25, 2013 22:17

Hello, Leen.
I found that there are Climbing Knife Pole Show during Jun 29 to June 30. The show time is at 10:40 to 11:00 and 14:30 to 14:50 at Miao Nationality Museum.
The show's timetable of July is not published yet.
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