Taiping Heavenly Kingdom History Museum

Taiping Heavenly Kingdom History Museum information

Nánjīng , China
128 Zhonghua Lu; 中华路128号
Getting there
Metro: Sanshan Jie
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Hong Xiuquan, the Hakka leader of the quasi-Christian Taiping, had a palace built in Nánjīng (then named Tiānjīng or 'Heavenly Capital'), but the building was completely destroyed when Nánjīng was bloodily retaken in 1864, after a long siege. This museum is set in a beautiful Ming-dynasty garden complex that once housed Taiping officials. Displays of maps show the progress of the Taiping army, Taiping coins, weapons, uniforms and texts that describe the radical Taiping laws on agrarian reform, social law and cultural policy.

The museum was closed for refurbishment at the time of writing, although some of its contents had been moved to a nearby hall within the Zhan Garden. The museum was expected to reopen in late 2016.