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“A fun place to visit with kids”

Beijing Planetarium
Ranked #176 of 1,611 things to do in Beijing
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Situated near the zoo, the Planetarium makes the skies interesting with models of the planet & solar systems, telescopes, space simulator and shows at the 4-D theatre and a Digital space theatre.
Reviewed April 22, 2012

After some other very disappointing "children's" attractions in Beijing, we were very pleased with this. It is easy to get to at the Beijing Zoo stop on the subway, almost across the street from the zoo. Unlike several other places we've seen this was is very good repair and had some really great displays and creative exhibits with limited info in English. There are a couple of options for movies. We saw the 3D movie about stars. It was all in Chinese which we didn't understand, but we still enjoyed the movie - fun 3D experience. (There may have been English audio devices, but we didn't bother asking for them.)

It was a LOT more expensive than most attractions in Beijing - 120 yuan for 1 adult and 2 kids, but that is still only about $20.

Don't miss the lunar exibit! It has a moon rover simulater where up to 4 people can sit in the vehicle and "drive" all over the moon, playing a game trying to hit various targets. That was fun.

Just next door and across the street there are huge "malls" where the locals shop. GREAT prices for clothing and other items - not too much touristy stuff. You can haggle here, but not too much since prices are already so low. Little to no English is spoken so be brave. No one annoys you, though, like Yaxiao, Silk Alley, etc. It's busy, but fun.

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Reviewed October 21, 2011

The planetarium is opposite the zoo, just west of the subway station and bus depot. As you enter the main gate you’ll see the old building, exhibition hall A, directly in front and the large modern building, exhibition hall B, is behind. Tickets are sold in a separate office towards the left and on the other side of a tourist information/shop building. It can be a bit confusing here because it looks like, and basically is, a cinema box office. The big draws here are the various 3D and 4D shows as well as the traditional planetarium screen. All the information I saw was only in Chinese but I didn’t go for any of the shows. Basic admission to the exhibition halls only was 10rmb, free for kids under 1.2m and OAPs with ID. You must retain your ticket to show when entering each building and door staff may have difficulty understanding elderly overseas persons’ ID as no ticket is issued.

Building B has most of the exhibits on the ground floor. There are some astronomical items in the basement whilst the upper floor is home to the cinemas but also has a few interactive consoles in the ‘game zone’. Again, these are only in Chinese. The ground level has more in the way of English translation but you would probably need an audio guide to get a full understanding of all the sections, which are divided into parts of the solar system. On my visit, the installation about the Sun had an unbearable solvent-type odour to it, guaranteed to bring on a headache, which cut short my time in it; a pity because it was quite a big room with a good amount of info, seemingly. The spaces dedicated to the other heavenly bodies appeared by and large well-conceived but the multi-media were again restricted to the Chinese language. Building A, by contrast, had much more comprehensive English language legends but occupied a much smaller area. On my visit, half of the building was given over to an art exhibition that appeared to have no link with the subject of the solar system. The permanent exhibition concentrated on celestial motion and the observations possible from Earth.

Overall, not bad for a short visit but it might benefit from a better dual-language set-up and more competitive prices in the shops and kiosks that were liberally dotted about.

2  Thank Qupnicely
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Reviewed February 22, 2015
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