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Address: No.2 Dongbiaobei Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005, China
Phone Number: 010-65242202
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Eight huge astronomical instruments are displayed on an elevated platform...

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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Ming City Wall and Ancient Observatory

This tower used to be part of of the old city wall, and the corner tower can be walked to from the observatory. The observatory has a number of buildings with interesting bits and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 26, 2015
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Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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Beijing Region, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's directly accessible from exit C of the Jianguomen metro station on line 1 or 2. The observatory houses the old astronomical equipment. The information sign is sparse on details. On clear days, this is a nice viewing area. There are 3 exhibition halls on the ground level have details on ancient time keeping instruments and constellation recordings. Only an... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This tower used to be part of of the old city wall, and the corner tower can be walked to from the observatory. The observatory has a number of buildings with interesting bits and bobs. The views from the tower are nice.

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Chelsea, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This is on a corner dead center between two subway stops so you will need to walk to get there. There also many steps to get into the tower with most of the equipment. I didn't see an elevator. There is equipment on the ground level there are a very halls to tour also.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

It seems not many foreign visitors to Beijing visit the Ancient Observatory, but don't miss out. If you have any interest in astronomy, history, or just amazing craftsmanship then definitely include it in your itinerary. This is one of the oldest observatories in the world and one of only two left that are still intact originals in China. There is... More 

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Sydney
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

The museum is easy to reach, being very close to the Jianguomen stop on the metro. There is good signage in Chinese and English explaining the collection of instruments for measuring astronomical data. The observatory was set up a hundred years before the birth of Galileo so was not concerned with imaging the heavens, but measuring star and planet positions... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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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.

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Beijing
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015 via mobile

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 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... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014 via mobile

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... More 

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