When it is too hot and you can only beat 20 minutes outside, it is time to think about indoor activities. Also, after travels (Tianjin and Jinan) and you just bought your vacation ticket and you are kinda broke, you might just stay in. However, in Beijing there are other options to spend time indoor and avoid expenses – visit museums.
I first planned to visit the National Museum of China but as they issue only limited number of tickets and they were already sold out, National Art Museum was another option.
National Art Museum.
National Art Museum is great as it mainly focuses on the art rather than history. However, you still can see some art pieces influenced by historical events. At the time when we visited the museum, the first floor had Hong Kong artists exhibitions as it was the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong and China reunion.
Many of the paintings were influenced by the actual events of the Great Britain returning the rights for Hong Kong to China. The museum attempts to create a call for action for people of both nations for a peace.
In general, the Hong Kong art exhibition was a pleasant place to spend an afternoon. Many of art pieces showed the modern streets of Hong Kong as well as Hong Kong of older days.
We decided to go from the top down. So we went up to the fifth floor to see the foreign arts. This year (not sure how often they change it) they had the Lithuanian artists’ exhibition. So photography, installations and paintings – all presented in one hall. Honestly speaking, this has caused the least emotions, the Hong Kong exhibition seemed to be way more attractive.
When we finally got to the middle, we reached the local arts section, offering the works of the Chinese artists. Some of them were really impressive and took our attention.
Apart from the museum, in the same area you can find a pretty interesting café and a mini store with artsy stuff like umbrellas, phone cases and many other interesting things.
The place is great for a date or just as an indoor attraction. Especially, it is great on a no-spend weekend. The next mission will be to visit the National Museum of China in Beijing, which requires an advance online reservation. There it is more about history, culture and arts of China.