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Ancient Observatory (Guguanxiangtai)

No.2 Dongbiaobei Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005, China
+86 10 6524 2202
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This observatory is the best preserved in the world. On top of the “city wall” 8 ancient measuring... read more

Reviewed 23 October 2017
Erwin H
Antwerp, Belgium
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Staying at Marriott Beijing City Wall and went out for a stroll to the Silk Street market. Saw this... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2017
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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.
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  • Very good45%
  • Average22%
  • Poor0%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
No.2 Dongbiaobei Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005, China
+86 10 6524 2202
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Reviewed 23 October 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 6 October 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 3 October 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 25 September 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
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

After reading the reviews we decided to go and have a look. It's next to a subway (Jianguomen - exit C) and literally round the corner. It's 20yuan to get in. Once inside, there are three exhibition halls with signs in English with information on...More

Thank rumblejungle22
Reviewed 17 July 2017

I didn't know much about this place until going to it. First of all it was built in 1442 and the rest is even more amazing. This is actual history that really hasn't been disturbed much by time. On top of the original tower sits...More

2  Thank DK8989
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Take Jianguomen subway station exit C,turn on right and in one minute you are there.Although my edition Rough Guides from 2006 says it is closed during the weekend I tried luck and a lot has changed since 2006.It is opened every day from 9am until...More

1  Thank Jan S
Reviewed 18 December 2016

A little gem of a place in central Beijing, like most of the previous reviews we saw this place as it was near our hotel, also right alongside Jiangoumen subway. station (lines 1 and 2). Free to Chinese and 20 Yuan to others, need to...More

1  Thank Seadog40
Reviewed 14 November 2016

From ancient observatory, which covers an area of 10,000 m², has survived only its astronomical playground, which is located on a stone platform height of 15 m and represents a square of 40 by 40 m. This stone platform is a preserved part of the...More

Thank Vladimir M
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Located in the lee of the robust archaic city wall, close to where we were staying, we saw the solid ancient structure most every day. It was fascinating to visit it. Completed in the 1440s it served a key purpose in monitoring the heavens for...More

1  Thank permia
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