Introduction of Financial Museum
The Shenyang Financial Museum built on the base of Bian Bank, the original private bank of zhang and his son, is a theme museum of the largest scale, with the most abundant content, the most forms of exhibition and visitor-participating projects among all the museums of the same kind. The thematic display “getting near to the finance world” perfectly shows and demonstrates the development footprint of finance history and the extensive and profound financial culture. It was awarded China’s top ten best display and exhibition prize for the year 2007-2008.
As the actual governors of the three northeast provinces of China, Zhang and his son not only hoped that they could take up the dominant position in politic, but also attempted to control the economic lifeline of northeast China. In order to achieve this goal, the most significant measure they took was to make preparations for Bian Bank. In the year 1925, after Bian Bank was found in Tianjin, Zhang started the construction of new address at the east side of Fengtian Zhang’s residence. In the year 1930, gun-shaped Bian Bank mansion was erected. The whole mansion covers an area of 4,967 square meters and 7,440 square meters for area of structure. The front principal part of the building has four floors. And for the back buildings, they were arranged for three floors and two floors in order. The architecture style is a combination of Chinese and western elements. There are six giant granite-carved Romanesque goalposts at the main entrance, reaching up to the third floor. And what above the third floor is a western style arch over the gateway, decorated with six goalposts which have fringe and decorative flowers on their top. In front of the gate, the high and wide platform formed by eleven stone steps is decorated with resplendent decorative lighting. It is spectacular.
Apart from deposit, lending, discount and exchange such general banking, Bian Bank also has the right to issue currency and act as fiscal agent. It became one of the biggest banks in northeast China, which kept abreast of the old-style Chinese private bank of the three northeast provinces of China. The capital sum was over 20 million yuan, and the stock held by the Zhang’s took up over 95%. In fact, Bian Bank was Zhang and his son’s private bank.
Address: Chaoyang Str. No.240, Shenhe Distr. Shenyang, Liaoning province
Open time: 8:30—18：00 in summer May 1st—Oct. 15th
8:30—17：30 in winter Oct. 16th—Apr. 30th
Time for buying ticket: 8:30—17：00 in summer
8:30—16：30 in winter