Běijīng Police Museum
Former Dutch Legation
Behind a wall a short walk east of the former Legation Quarter rises a green-roofed building at No 40, which was once the Dutch Legation.
Former Foreign Legation Quarter
The former Foreign Legation Quarter, where the 19th-century foreign powers flung up their embassies, schools, post offices and banks,...
Former French Post Office
This small grey brick was the former French Post Office in the early 20th century. It was recently a Sìchuān restaurant but now stands...
The Běijīng branch of the famed Shànghǎi restaurant, Lost Heaven specialises in the folk cuisine of Yúnnán province. While the spices...
36 Dongjiaomin Xiang; 东城区东交民巷36号 · interesting places nearby
Běijīng Police Museum information
Propaganda aside, this is an interesting exposé of Běijīng’s dà gài mào (local slang for the constabulary). Learn how Běijīng’s first Public Security Bureau (PSB) college operated from the Dōngyuè Temple in 1949 and find out how officers tackled the ‘stragglers, disbanded soldiers, bandits, local ruffians, hoodlums and despots…’ planted in Běijīng by the Kuomintang (KMT).
There are also eye-opening accounts of how KMT spies Li Andong and Yamaguchi Takachi planned to mortar the Gate of Heavenly Peace, and a welcome analysis of how the Běijīng PSB was destroyed during the ‘national catastrophe’ of the Cultural Revolution. For police weapons, head to the 4th floor. The through ticket includes some laser-shooting practice (if it's up and running) and a souvenir.