Astronomical Observation Terrace

Astronomical Observation Terrace, Dengfeng

Astronomical Observation Terrace

Astronomical Observation Terrace
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

7 reviews
Very good

Louise K
Richmond, TX458 contributions
Looks deserted
Mar 2018 • Couples
Almost an hour of taxi ride from our hotel, & after having had a dispute with the driver about taxi fare, we entered into a big square, then through some buildings, which made me think we were in the wrong place when we finally came to the observatory. It just looks deserted. Some teens were up there smoking, & some families with young kids were just playing or sitting around. Other than the sundial & the structure itself (with two dents left from Japanese bombing), there is nothing else to see. We came here just because it’s part of the World Heritage cluster. If you are not into that, then don’t come. Entrance is free.
Written March 31, 2018
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Tehran, Iran493 contributions
Very interesting place for short visit
Oct 2014 • Solo
Gaocheng Astronomical Observatory is very close to Dengfeng , a short visit to the site and watching some important Astronomical instruments at the site absolutely did not waste your time. There are not many visitors at site and a short and close visit is possible and fun.
Written November 16, 2014
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vhay H
Markham, Canada45 contributions
Not necessary
Mar 2014 • Family
I love astronomy and thought this would be a place of interest but in the end I felt it was a waste of time. I would have enjoyed hanging around my hotel, ChanWu longer and just watch the kids practising kung-fu. I've been told by my guide, Charlie from China Odyssey Tours, not too many people visit this place. It's interesting to see the apparatus they used in determining when the seasons would be arriving, also, to see the damage from a cannon ball during WWII from Japan along the side of a building. Overall, I would have loved to spend my time more at the Shaolin temple.
Written April 1, 2014
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Rich C
Southampton, UK28 contributions
Not for everyone, but probably fascinating for engineers and physicists
Sep 2013 • Couples
Using this observatory the Chinese managed to calculate the length of the day to within 12 seconds of the value we know today.
Unfortunately on the day we went, air pollution prevented us from getting a shadow.
There are marks from 2nd World war Japanese shells fired at what they took to be a military observation post.
We were the only people present on the day we went apart from our guide and the staff. Our guide said he only went here about once a year as it wasn't that popular.
There is a second scale model which makes it slightly easier to understand what is going on.
Remember that noon is when the sun is overhead and with all of China on a single timezone, the local noon might be somewhat different to what it says on your watch.

It could stand improvement of the explanation with diagrams and more English text.

Probably not suitable for small Children with a short attention span.
Incidentally we found a scale model of this in the Beijing science museum.
Written September 22, 2013
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