One of Beijing’s quirkier museums, this one is housed in the former foreign legation quarter just off Tiananmen Square, and showcases the history of the capital’s police force.
There’s a lot of pro-Communist Party propaganda, of course, but among the more interesting things on display are Ming-dynasty chain mail once worn by imperial guards, Ming-dynasty bronze ID plates, old police swords, Qing-dynasty police-force pistols and photographs of surprisingly recent public executions.
One photo shows men being lined up, ready to be shot, at a public execution held in the sports stadium in the Temple of Agriculture in 1983. The caption tells us that 40,000 spectators turned up to watch.
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