Chinese Air Force opened this huge display of military and civilian aircraft at Datangshan in 1989, Aviation Museum Beijing is located in Changping County, between Shahe and the Changping county seat, approximately 30 kilometers (19 miles) north of the city limits. After passing through Shahe on the road to Changping, make a right turn at the Baige Luinter section, and watch for the museum on the left. The easiest way to get there is by taxi. Opening hours are 8.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m. daily (tel. 9781054).
The 140 aero planes are displayed as in a used car lot. Many are parked outside in long queues, while some 50 choice specimens are housed in a rein forced concrete structure that pierces the 1 kilometer deep Dafangshan (Datang mountain) with double anti blast doors at both ends. Military buff’s will also enjoy the mobile radar equipment and guided missiles.
Reflecting the history of aviation in China, there arc specimens from the former Soviet Union, the US and Britain dating back to pre-liberation days, as well as samples of China’s own fighting and passenger aircraft.
Exhibits include the ‘Ilyushin 12′, which was used Lo gather samples from a mushroom cloud during a Chinese nuclear test (keep your distance); a Chinese helicopter used by Zhou En lai during an inspection tour; a single-prop plane that buzzed Tiananmen Square during the celebration of China’s first National Day (1October 1949); a two-engine job that Chairman Mao took to Guangzhou once; and a fighter plane that saw action in the Korean War.