The China Bee Museum is an interesting work of history, culture and science. Located west of Wofo Temple, inside the Beijing Botanical Garden in Haiden District; the unique attraction is within easy reach to those finding accommodation at an apartment near Forbidden City Beijing such as the Ascott Raffles City Beijing.
Built in 1993 and having got registered as a museum in 1997, the China Honey Bee Museum is dedicated to providing information about the honey bee. From bee fossils to bee photographs, you will find that everything here relates to the life of the bee and the bee-keeping trade. It also offers a consulting service on products derived from honey.
When entering this ‘kingdom of bees’, you will find yourself being dragged into ancient times giving you the rich history of the species and its relation to humans. The museum is home to bee fossils and rock drawings that records scenes from some 6,000 to 7,000 years ago; of people climbing cliffs and mountains in seek of wild bees’ honey. The visit to the museum is an eye opening experience and a realization of the significant role played by these little wild bees in the human civilization and its evolution with time.
Bee species in various sizes and extra-large wild honeycombs displayed at the museum; reveal the biological characteristics of bees, their breeding secrets and lifecycles. At the museum, you would also find details about the mysterious beauty of the often covert life of bees, including details about the ’round dance’ and ‘waggle dance’ of bee tradition and listen to epic tales about killer bees.
An exhibition titled “Bees are our friends” is conducted throughout the year at the museum. The exhibition hall covers an area of 150 square meters devoted to three exhibition rooms where over 500 photographs, infographics and charts on bees, bee stories and honey products are displayed to visitors.
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