9.18 Museum

9-18 Museum

9-18 Museum by Lucy Janes. Sourced via Flickr under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.

On September 18, 1932, at 10:30pm, a bomb exploded beside the Japanese run railway line near Shenyang. Though instigated by the Japanese, the Chinese were blamed for event giving the Japanese an excuse to invade and occupy the whole of the northeast of China. Shenyang was the epicenter of that invasion, so it is most appropriate that the museum for the 9.18 Incident, as it is known, is in Shenyang next to the spot where the explosion occurred. The museum, as one would expect, depicts the incident from a Chinese perspective. It is not for the feint of heart because it unflinchingly displays the atrocities of war. The educational value of the experience is diminished by the lack of English signs and explanations.

Map showing location of 9.18 Museum

Above: Location of 9.18 Museum in Shenyang, Liaoning, China