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“Beautiful Presentation of a Terrible Tragedy”

Tangshan Earthquake Memorial Hall
Ranked #1 of 57 things to do in Tangshan
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

Outstanding exhibits - and most things were written in both Chinese and English to allow visitors to understand. My gf's family were victims and we were able to see their names on the wall. This place acts as a designated earthquake shelter, offers beautiful sculpture and preserved damage outside and inside. Best yet, it shows a timeline of Tangshan - before, during and after the earthquake, and its progress to the wonderful city it is today.

A gift shop or nearby foodstand would have been nice, but I understand their desire to keep the area dedicated to the events. Despite its morbid history, actually a very fun site and great for people of all ages - a learning experience if nothing else.

Thank JoeJTSJoe
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

I finally got a chance to visit the Museum the first time after the 1976 quake to see the city's yesterday through the numerous heart-breaking exhibits. its was built on the previously quake site, but without seeing the relics of a building, the Memorial Wall and the Memorial Hall, I could hardly see any traces of the catastrophic devastation which killed over 240,000 people on July 28, 1976.

The Museum and its Wall were all colored in grey and black which could easily bring visitors like me back to the past. The exhibits housed in it and the 4-D film shown in the theater hall educate the visitors not only about the scale of the quake in the past but also ways to predict it in the future. However, while watching the film I was bothered a little bit by the laughter of others who seemed excited by its 4-D special effects. I'm still not sure if it's a good idea for the museum to add sort of entertainment to the tour.

Standing in front of the half-a-mile long Wall, I was appalled by the degree of destruction that the unprecedented earthquake in the city had brought to its people and its visitors on that day (including my handsome young college professor on his honeymoon). It's truly a sacred shrine for people to remember the dead and to strive for their better tomorrow in the city.

Thank Will Z
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

You can only read and listen in Chinese but no English (at list when was there).
But pictures were talking themselves of pain and suffer of people. Also about their unity and human sensation.

Thank sina d
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

Not only about the 1976 earthquake, but largely about future plans for Tangshan city and district, inclluding the port.
Free entry with a passport or Chinese ID.

Thank StephenfromNZ
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Reviewed 23 September 2012

Like everything in this city the Earthquake Memorial Hall is dusty. But its interessting to see the devastation of the city and the phenomenal rebuild.
Since 2012 there is a Wanda Place Shopping mall right around the corner, with a nice Starbucks and some good shops.
In the evening there are a lot of young couples around the memorial, older people gather to dance and you can play carnival like games in the "park" area.

Thank Marcus K
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