Chinese Aviation Museum

China Aviation Museum is located about 40 miles north of Beijing in Changping County. The large museum is a must-visit for aircraft fans and military buffs. It is also a National 4A level tourist attraction.

The museum was founded on part of an airbase; the runways are a mile in distance and are connected to the museum by a long taxiway, which is also used as access for the traffic. Next to the museum, the taxiway continues up a hill. On the hill is a large U-shaped tunnel, which during the operational days of this part of the airbase undoubtedly sheltered numerous aircraft. Nearby the taxiway, there are some aprons and a hangar, so there is room for many, many aircraft, mostly military but also some civil ones.

The museum is divided into three large exhibition areas: Cavern Exhibition Hall, Open-air Exhibition Area, and Integrated Hall.

Cavern Exhibition Hall: The Cavern Exhibition Hall is situated to the south of the mark with an area of 20,000 square meters (5 acres). In this hall the exhibits range from ancient manned flight inventions to modern high-speed high-altitude fighter planes, which form a magnificent illustration of its development history. These exhibits are placed on two sides in chronological order. The right side not only exhibits aircraft which are famous in Chinese aviation history, such as Fengru II, Leshiwen I and Lienin, but also displays a variety of models of aircraft manufactured by the former Soviet Union, the United States, France, Japan, Canada, Czech Republic, such as Japanese 99 advanced trainer aircraft, Soviet-built Wave -2, La -9, La-11, Yak -17, American-made P-51, L-5 aircraft. The left side is a series of modern aircrafts produced by China. The rear of the hall exhibits radar, missiles, artilleries, etc.

Open-air Exhibition Area: As you walk to the north from the mark, you cannot miss the Open-air Exhibition Area. The Hero Avenue runs through the Open-air Exhibition Area, which divides the area into two parts. There is an artificial lake on the left of the Hero Avenue. On the southern side of the lake planes which were used specially by great people are displayed, while on the northern side of the lake, bombers and special types of aircraft are displayed. The right side of the Hero Avenue exhibits fighter planes, cargo-transport planes, surface to air missiles, antiaircraft artillery, radar and helicopters.

Integrated Hall: All the way down to Hero Avenue, a sword sculpture comes into view. Behind the sculpture lies the Integrated Hall. In this hall, it displays 28 practicalities of aircraft, over 550 models of various aircraft, missiles, anti-aircraft artillery, radar etc. More than 200 pieces of small cultural relics, 20 audio and video demo tablets, 12 sand table scenes and 1850 pictures and photos can be seen. On the west side of the Integrated Hall lays a CS field camp, where you can have an unforgettable experience.

At present, the aviation museum has collected more than 200 airplanes with types exceeding 100, and weapon and equipped samples like a ground-air missile, high cannon, radar, aviation bomb, and aviation cameras. Among which, lots of them are precious cultural relics of the country as well as are world aviation treasure works.

Ticket price: It is free admission to the park. Two of the special exhibition halls have a 20 RMB entry fee.


Xiaotangshanzhen, Changping, Beijing, China


  • CN Name: 中国航空博物馆
  • EN Address: At the Foot of Datangshan Mountain, Changping District, Beijing
  • CN Address: 北京市昌平区小汤山镇 邮政编码
  • Getting There: Opt 1. Take Bus No. 945 or 643 Opt 2. Take Bus No. 345 or Express 345 at Deshengmen Station, get off at Shahebei Bridge Station and get on Bus No. 945. Opt 3. Take Beijing subway line 5 to Tiantongbeiyuan Station, and get on Bus No. 643.

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