This museum itself is a perfect craftwork. It looks spectacular, exquisite, archaic but modern.
The exhibition room covers an area of 10,000 square meters. Here you will touch the essence of red sandalwood culture. The corner tower of the Palace Museum and the Qianqiu Pavilion in the imperial garden assume an imperial air. 320 dragons carved in the Longquan Temple in Shanxi Province are in different postures. The delicate Beijing quadrangles and the Feiyun Building in Shanxi Province are representatives of red sandalwood arts. They are all artistic treasures in the Orient made of red sandalwood. Numerous basso-relievo, sculpture-in-the-rounds, fretworks give full display to the charms of red sandalwood.
Sandalwood is called the red wood because of its color. Its texture is hard, which makes it excellent material for making furniture. Here, the furniture made in Ming and Qing Dynasties, traditional furniture materials, designs, structures give a brand-new interpretation of the meaning of furniture.
Bus Route: Bus No. 312、728 to the stop of Gaobeidian；Bus No.115、718 to Kangjiagou，walk south to the exit of expressway, and then walk east for 200 meters；Bus No.342、382、846、859、908 to Taipingzhuang, and walk south for 400 meters；subway to the station of Sihui, and walk east for 500 meters.；urban railway to Gaobeidian, and walk west for 100 meters；Take boats to Gaobeidian Lake.
Opening Hours: 8: 30-17: 00 (16: 30 stop selling tickets), close on Monday
Nearby Sights: Honglingjin Park、Xinglong Park、Tuanjiehu Park、Dahuangzhuang Nursery、Dingfuzhuang Welfare Art Garden、Beijing Chaoyang Golf Club
Admission Fee: RMB 50 Yuan，30 Yuan for students, senior citizens and group visitors.
(China.org.cn August 25, 2005)