If any insect ever deserved a museum of its own, the bee would certainly be the creature. At the Beijing Botanical Gardens you will find such a place; the China Bee Museum, which is a whole 150 square meter exhibition dedicate to this benevolent little insect. Hosting a multitude of interesting and informative exhibits about bees, their lifestyle and the relationship of bees and man, the China Bee Museum is a novel museum experience for young ones and adults alike.
The museum houses many themed exhibits about bees, as well as an open area where a multitude of beehives are maintained. One of the most popular exhibits you will find at the China Bee Museum is the history exhibit section, where you will experience a revelation on the origins of this industrious creature. The history section has on display a multitude of bee fossils some thousands of years old, of bees that helped early men get their first divine taste of bee honey. The fossils number around hundreds of specimens, and in addition you will find the exhibits feature prominently about the daredevil rock and tree climbing skills employed by man’s ancestors to reach their much sought after bounty.
Another interesting exhibit in the China Bee Museum is the bee behaviour features, which gives insight about their collective behaviour, and the queer little ‘dances’ that bees perform to inform her hive-mates to indicate the best pollen harvests. Also you will find the museum has a wealth of knowledge regarding the historic relationship between human cultures; particularly that of China, and the honeybee. You will find that since the days of the Shang Dynasty of 16th -11th Century BCE, the Chinese were aware of bee honey and its virtues, and is no strangers to its nutritional and healing qualities. The museum shows how bee honey was incorporated into man’s food and medicine form the old days, and is all set to give you a magical taste of honey with the range of natural bee honey products on sale that you can try out.
Locating the China Bee Museum is easy to do if you are anywhere around Beijing. The city is has quite an efficient public transport system, and quality accommodation is readily available. Any informed tourist will certainly be interested in serviced apartments Beijing has to offer, for most of the serviced apartments in Beijing, offer good value for money, accessibility and comfort. Any high profile place like Ascott Raffles City Beijing has state of the art facilities with luxury apartments, where you can enjoy freedom, privacy and peace of mind right in the heart of Beijing. You will find that you’re minutes away from the city’s major attractions, but do not forget to pay a visit to the China Bee Museum and pick up a book on beekeeping at the end of the day, because after you really get to know what wonders the bees are capable of, you will be thinking about getting some honey from your own backyard.