China Beijing Changping Desert Rare Stone Museum
Zip code 102204 北京市昌平区流村镇古将村
This museum is devoted to the display of Gobi Desert stones collected by the accomplished artist Mr. Wei Jinxue in the Bayannaoer and Alashan Leagues in the Gobi Desert. The compound in which this museum is located is also the home of Wei and his wife. The extensive collection of stones, mounted in hand-carved bases, is housed in four buildings surrounding a small courtyard. There are no display signs or interpretative materials typically found in a public museum. Despite that, it is a great place to see the diversity of stones from this region of the Gobi Desert. Hundreds of stones are on display. There are many pieces of chalcedony present - stones rich in silica dioxide. We are saw some flower-like quartz formations in a few of the stones.
Typical of most private museums, many of the stones are for sale. Since this is a privately owned museum, it is best to call ahead and arrange an appointment before making the hour-long drive from downtown Beijing. Yes, it is located outside the city and is not easy to find without local assistance.
Changping Desert Rare Stone Museum