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Located in the southeast part of the Beijing city, Beijing Ancient Observatory was first built in 1442 during the Ming Dynasty and was home to several large bronze instruments for measuring the positions of the sun, moon, planets, and stars. Even though the observatory was in use after the invention of the telescope, all observing was naked eye--there are no telescopes installed. It turns out that most of the instruments presently installed are fairly "modern", having been built in the 17th and 18th centuries. This observatory is one of the oldest astronomical Observatory in the world, well-known throughout the world for its magnificence, beautiful crafts and well-protection.

Beijing Ancient Observatory

In total, the observatory covers an area of 1,000 square meters (about 0.25 acre). It is divided into two parts, the platform and the affiliated building. The platform is 17.79 meters (about 58.4 feet) high, 24 meters (about 78.7 feet) long and 20 meters (about 65.6 feet) wide. Eight bronzed astronomical instruments stand on this platform, all of which are ornately carved, having been well preserved since the time of the Qing Dynasty. They are huge but exquisitely carved. The design of the instruments reflects both the influence of Oriental craftsmanship and European Renaissance understanding of measurements and physics. Under the platform stands a group of affiliated buildings, built with simple elegance. Beijing Ancient Observatory is a milestone in Chinese architecture, marking a cultural exchange between the Orient and the West. It is not only a place to observe the heaven but a unique historical treasure.

Address(English):No.2, Dongbiaobei Hutong, Dongcheng District, Beijing China
How to get there:


Take Subway Line 1 or Subway Line 2 and get off at Jianguomen Station then get out of the station from Exit C (southwest exit)


  • Take bus No.1, 4, 9, 10, 20, 29, 37, 39, 52, 120, 122, 403, 420, 728, 802 or 938 and get off at Beijing Railway Station East
  • Take bus No.44 or 48 and get off at Jianguomen Stop.


Other information:

Tickets: CNY10

Tel: (86-10) 6512-8923

Opening hours: 9:00-4:30 (winter)
9:00-6:00 (summer)

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