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“A peaceful sight worth a short visit”

Ancient Observatory (Guguanxiangtai)
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US$40.00*
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Beijing Then and Now Highlights Half-Day Bus Tour
Ranked #131 of 1,616 things to do in Beijing
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
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 explanation of how the instruments were used or the history of the observatory. There are modest displays with explanations of astronomical phenomena in the side buildings. The grounds are peaceful and an interesting contrast to the banks, hotels, highways and shopping centers in the surrounding area.

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Reviewed 13 May 2016

We were bored and I have been living in Beijing for 4 years already and had never seen one of the world’s most ancient observatories so we went. It is rather small and there are no crowds so you can go and actually read all of the exhibits and take some photos of the ancient artifacts. It’s not super exciting unless you are into observatories but we were not disappointed to have visit. The price is very cheap and it’s a way to pass some time.

Thank Daniel A
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Reviewed 25 March 2016

I walked to the Ancient Observatory from my nearby hotel and purchased entry ticket for 20 Yuan. Consists of observation tower with a variety of old astronomical equipment, a garden with more instruments and exhibitions in a couple of buildings around a court yard.
There are English sections on all interpretation panels, and while I found them insufficient to understand how different equipment works, it was probably satisfactory for most people in the exhibitions.
Well worth the entry charge.

Thank Rabby1
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Reviewed 10 January 2016

It's directly accessible from exit C of the Jianguomen metro station on line 1 or 2. The observatory houses the old astronomical equipment. The information sign is sparse on details. On clear days, this is a nice viewing area. There are 3 exhibition halls on the ground level have details on ancient time keeping instruments and constellation recordings. Only an hour is needed for the visit.

1  Thank Paulo D
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Reviewed 26 October 2015

This tower used to be part of of the old city wall, and the corner tower can be walked to from the observatory. The observatory has a number of buildings with interesting bits and bobs. The views from the tower are nice.

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