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“Best for astronomy geeks” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Ancient Observatory (Guguanxiangtai)

Ancient Observatory (Guguanxiangtai)
No.2 Dongbiaobei Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005, China
010-65242202
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Ranked #128 of 1,464 things to do in Beijing
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Eight huge astronomical instruments are displayed on an elevated platform at this observatory, which was used during the Ming and Qing dynasties, and is one of the oldest observatories in the world.
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“Best for astronomy geeks”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I've been by the Ancient Observatory dozens of times, as I usually stay in Beijing at a hotel nearby. The museum itself is small, but interesting, especially for astronomy geeks. There are never many people there, so a good place to go if you're interested and want an uncrowded place to visit.

Visited April 2015
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“Nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Interesting small place. The courtyard and view point are interesting. The exhibition are nice, mostly in Chinese. Nice if you are in the neighberhood

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Langfang, China
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“Amazing Little Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This is an amazing find. It was near my hotel so I decided to check it out and it was well worth it. It is very small but it does not get crowded. I maybe saw four other people while I was there. Plenty of signs in English help you to understand China's role in astronomy. Plus they have some great tools on display. Be sure to check this out!

Visited October 2014
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“If you like history, clocks and/or astronomy it's worth it.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

A very quiet and informative corner of a very hectic section of a very large, hectic city. The large platform not only has many old astronomical devices but it commands a panoramic view of the city. There's even a garden below with various devices and statues among the flowers. Not everyone's cup of tea, but I found it relaxing and informative. Good information about the achievements of Chinese astronomers as well as the introduction of Western astronomy, without being pushy or nationalistic about it.

Visited September 2014
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“Good for astronomy and time geeks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This was one of my favorite stops in Beijing, probably because it was the quietest place I found in the city.

Though the ancient tools are maintained, the buildings and displays have not been updated for decades. Still the courtyard and rooftop were like little sanctuaries in the city with a glimpse of both the ancient and more modern past of Beijing.

A brief get away from the tourist hoards.

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