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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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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