Běijīng Railway Museum

Museum in Temple of Heaven Park & Dongcheng South

Located in the historic former Qiánmén Railway Station, which once connected Běijīng to Tiānjīn, this museum offers a fairly uninspired retelling of the development of the capital and China’s railway system, with plenty of photos and models, but few English captions.

A lack of space means it doesn’t have many actual trains, although there is a life-size model of the cab of one of China's high-speed trains to clamber into (¥10). Hard-core trainspotters should make tracks to the China Railway Museum on the far northeastern outskirts of Běijīng, which is vast and has far more loco action.