The Beijing Tap Water Museum (BJ Bucket List #1)

There are a few things on my bucket list for Beijing. And this was the first thing we’ve knocked off the list!!

After parking the car in a ‘xiaoqu’ carpark, we followed the parking inspector’s directions to…

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The Beijing Tap Water Museum!!

After passing the ticket booth, where the guard insisted that we didn’t have to buy a ticket, we found ourselves in a big field with assorted exampled piping and old machinery. Some groundskeepers were watering the grass/weeds (perhaps to check the water quality?!?!?) and repaving the paths. We were the only guests of the field.

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Look how big the pipes are to get water to Beijing!

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No water at the tap water museum.

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Oh wait, there’s a little bit of green water.

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No pizza for you!

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Well-watered lawn. I’m thinking it would be a great place for a picnic! I wonder what the guard would do…

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Does this remind anyone else of the chamber from “Licence to Kill”?

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Weedy.

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Quite beautiful architecture

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As we rounded the corner, we realised that there was a big museum inside the red building! It was mostly full of a lot of Chinese info, but it had big empty spaces for babies to crawl/run around and some cool models of the water system. There was one other family inside… not a big tourist attraction! The second guard did make us buy a ticket though.

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The Beijing water network

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Whoops! I think someone poked the Forbidden City.

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The Beijing Tap Water Museum in 1949 (can you see the train going through the city wall?)

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The Beijing Tap Water Museum “now”. We couldn’t see the giant water tower though… that must be gone. And the model seemed quite a lot more manicured.

Beijing is so full of random adventures! You may also be interested in Fake Disneyland, Crab Island and Wonderland Abandoned Amusement Park. Onto bucket list item #2.