Spy Museum, China
China’s Spy Museum is a fascinating place, dedicated to all things espionage, with guns disguised as lipsticks and hollowed-out coins, designed to conceal top-secret documents, amongst the interesting items on exhibit in Nanjing.
There’s just one catch here. So sensitive are China’s rulers about spies, secret agents and the perceived threats that real-life James Bond-types pose, foreign visitors are not encouraged to visit.
Opened to Chinese citizens in 2009, with overseas visitors told to stay away, the rules have been relaxed somewhat in recent times, although a warm welcome shouldn’t be expected. Inside is a showcase of curated propaganda about foreign spies, with the purpose as much to mobilise the Chinese public to join the state’s fight against international espionage as it is to inform, educate and entertain. There’s even a report-a-spy hotline, with numerous signs here urging visitors to be alert and to inform the authorities immediately should anything suspicious be sighted.