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Fascinating historical instruments!

This is really interesting for those with a technical interest. Lots of history and explanations... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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I lived this place art science and history all coming together. Best part is that it's off the... read more

Reviewed August 10, 2018
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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.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
No.2 Dongbiaobei Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005, China
+86 10 6524 2202
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is really interesting for those with a technical interest. Lots of history and explanations in English from the ancient observatory. You'll learn a lot about the exchange of east-west scientific information and get to see some terrific astronomical tools dating back many hundreds of...More

Thank Lasrman
Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

I lived this place art science and history all coming together. Best part is that it's off the beaten path of things to do so no crowds. Showcases how the West helped them to navigate the stars. The instruments are beautiful working pieces of art.

Thank rsenteno
Reviewed June 17, 2018 via mobile

This is not a very popular attraction. If you’re in the area, it’s definitely worth to spend a few hours to see the instruments. The ancient Chinese not only made practical tools to observe the stars, they also made them beautifully. It may inspire young...More

Thank Soxblue
Reviewed June 9, 2018

This is not one of the top sites in Beijing but it is worthwhile particularly if you are in the area. The exhibitions describe the history and make no secret of the fact that Chinese astronomers benefitted from Western advice in the 17th century. Written...More

Thank PeterMG99
Reviewed March 1, 2018 via mobile

I love science and Chinese history, but this museum felt lacking. The historical signifigance is great, but the joy of discovery is lacking.

1  Thank Poe W
Reviewed February 10, 2018

I personally found this very disappointing. The instruments are fenced off and placed up high, so you can't really get a good look at them at all. And in addition to that the explanations only state what they're for, not how they work. So you...More

Thank MillionsKnives
Reviewed October 23, 2017

This observatory is the best preserved in the world. On top of the “city wall” 8 ancient measuring “tools” installed. This barely visited place is located on the southeast corner of Jianguomen Street in Beijing Entrance:20 RMB

1  Thank Erwin H
Reviewed October 6, 2017 via mobile

Staying at Marriott Beijing City Wall and went out for a stroll to the Silk Street market. Saw this place from our hotel and decided to stop in to check out the ancient pieces of astronomy equipment. We were very surprised by the information provided...More

Thank Alanhimmelstein
Reviewed October 2, 2017

This is a very unusual site, a change from the imperial architecture of the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, etc., but with real historical importance. The astronomical instruments are fascinating and quite unique. There is a small relaxing garden and a small museum. A place...More

Thank rgl201
Reviewed September 25, 2017

My wife daughter and I had just taken the short walk from the corner tower on the old Beijing wall to here. There are some exhibitions in the buildings surrounding the courtyard but the main event was looking at the ancient astrological/astronomical machines outside. We...More

Thank Nigel G
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