|the head sculpture of Zhan Tianyou
The Zhan Tianyou Memorial Museum is a memorial of Chinese historical figures and it was established in memory of Zhan Tianyou, an outstanding railway engineer in China. Located at the area of Badaling Great Wall, the museum began construction in 1984 and opened to the public in November 1987.
Covering an area of about 1,800 square meters, the museum is at the highest point along the rail line between Beijing and Zhangjiakou, which was China's first self-built rail line and was supervised by Zhan Tianyou. The buildings of the memorial are decorated with a large-scale basso-relievo of about 41 meters long and 5 meters high, which highlights Zhan Tianyou's head portrait and contributions with the Chinese modern history as the background.
There are more than 1,000 relics of Zhan Tianyou on display in the museum, such as mapping instruments, drawing paper, books, manuscripts, medals, insignias, the proposal plan and model of the coupler that Zhan Tianyou suggested the whole country to use, historical documents of Zhan's forefathers application for the status of registered permanent resident in Hainan County of Guangdong Province, Zhan Tianyou's posthumous works, articles for daily use and photos of various periods.
The displays in the museum are arranged according to different periods of Zhan Tianyou's lifetime, and exhibit cultural relics, photos and models of these periods. The museum has compiled materials such as Zhan Tianyan's ana and the introduction to his stories.