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Jianguomen (simplified Chinese: 建国门; traditional Chinese: 建國門; pinyin: Jiànguómén; lit. 'Gate of Construction of a nation') was a gate in the city wall that once stood in Beijing and is now a transportation hub to the east of city centre. At Jianguomen bridge, the eastern 2nd Ring Road divides Jianguomen Inner Street to the west from Jianguomen Outer Street to the east.
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Great piece of history! I learned a lot from this place! The artifacts are very well-kept. Right behind the subway station! However, the staff seem very bored, as they are always doing other things, like making clay structures. This area is also in the rather poor district of Beijing. The opening times are also a bit inconvenient.
I haven't been, but how can it be bad?
Very interesting. A good and cheap way to spend half an hour. Quiet place. 20 rmb per adult, 5 for kids
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.
This is one of the oldest observatories in the world. It feels almost like it has been abandoned, since there is not much of a tourist attraction. The structures are beautiful, and well preserved. It was worth the price of admission.
The Beijing Ancient Observatory, on the UNESCO Tentative List, is located on the top of a fort-like building at Jianguo Gate. It is one of the oldest observatories in the world. It used to be a part of the city wall once surrounding Beijing. Although there were no telescopes at this observatory, there were many sophisticated instruments for taking astronomical measurements, introduced in the 17th century from Western Europe. Here are eight bronze instruments constructed in the Qing dynasty. Six of them were built by the Flemish Jesuit Ferdinand Verbiest (1623–88) in 1669. The first was constructed by the Portuguese Jesuit Kilian Stumpf (1655–1720) between 1713 and 1715, while the maker of the latter is not clear. The seven instruments made by the two Jesuits are based on Tycho Brahe’s design but with Chinese decorations, while the last one belongs to the Chinese tradition but with a European system of graduation and sighting. Overall, the observatory is now the only example in the world that is equipped with Tychonic instruments.
Good for everyone. This is an interesting place . You have to walk for a while but not so far.
It is worth a visit anyway, it's not expensive, and if you enjoy science and cosmology this place is worth 5 stars. The history and equipment on show is first rate. It could take 2-3hrs to view it all.