We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ancient Observatory (Guguanxiangtai)

No.2 Dongbiaobei Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005, China
+86 10 6524 2202
Website
Save
Book In Advance
More Info
US$40.00*
and up
Beijing Then and Now Highlights Half-Day Bus Tour
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
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.
  • Excellent32%
  • Very good45%
  • Average23%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
LOCATION
No.2 Dongbiaobei Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100005, China
CONTACT
Website
+86 10 6524 2202
Write a Review
Reviews (59)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 34 reviews

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 16 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 David K
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

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
Reviewed 13 September 2016

The Ancient Observatory in Beijing is more if you are looking for a place to go because you have time to fill, or if you are interested/studying the subject. My husband is very interested and so we went and he had a blast. They have...More

Thank HWCrew
Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

I visited here as we were walking past on our way to the hotel - though interesting I don't think that I would have gone out of my way to visit, as there really isn't enough there to warrant more than a fifteen minute visit....More

Thank applefishuk
Reviewed 25 June 2016

Nice stop for science-minded folks passing through the area or simply looking for a unique place to visit if one has plenty of time in Beijing. When we visited yesterday there were three somewhat interesting small indoor exhibition halls open for a visit, each staffed...More

Thank Vespid23
Reviewed 16 May 2016

The ancient observatory has a display of large astronomical instruments both on the grounds and on the roof of the observatory from which you can get a view of this part of modern Beijing. There is little in the way (at least in English) of...More

Thank KSfamily00
Nearby
Nearby Restaurants
The Lounge ( Beijing Marriott Hotel City Wall)
12 reviews
.35 km away
Chuanjiao Seafood Buffet
9 reviews
.34 km away
City Wall Bistro
15 reviews
.44 km away
Orchid Terrace Coffee Shop, Hotel New Otani Chang Fu Gong
11 reviews
.29 km away
Nearby Attractions
Ritan Park (Ritan Gongyuan)
209 reviews
1.04 km away
Beijingzhiye Cultural City
13 reviews
.93 km away
Red Gate Gallery
12 reviews
.65 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Ancient Observatory (Guguanxiangtai) staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Submit