About Beijing National Observatory

The Beijing Ancient Observatory is one of the world's ancient observatories, originally built in 1442 during the Ming Dynasty. It is located in the southwest side of Jianguomen crossroad in Dongcheng District. It is a special museum and has many ancient astronomy exhibits. Its ancillary architectural buildings are also a must see. The observatory is 58 feet high. There are eight sets of ancient bronze astronomical instruments displayed on its platform. The royal astronomical tower enjoys a high reputation as the best observatory in the world and attracts a large number of tourists from all over.

Must See

Astronomical Instrument Exhibition Hall

How to reach

By Subway:

Subway Line 1, Subway Line 2: get off at Jianguomen Station and get out of the station from Exit C (southwest exit).

By Bus:

Take bus no. 805 Express, 434, 957, 668, 9, 829, 640, 827, 637, 674, 638, 29, 25, 39, 938 Express, 673, 639, 666, 59, 403, 420, 10, 122, 204 Outer Line, 209, 729, 805, 938, 52, 203, 204 Inner Line, 20, 692 and get off at Beijing Railway Station East.


  • If you're a lover of astronomy, don't miss viewing the copper astronomical instruments.
  • You can view the astronomical instruments with the backdrop of modern buildings to get a feeling of the timeline and China's past and present.
  • Don't miss the special viewing events held at the observatory on the occasion of special celestial happenings, such as comets and eclipses.


Visit Time

Sunday: 09:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Monday: 09:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday: 09:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday: 09:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday: 09:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Saturday: 09:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Entrance Fee


CNY 20 (Ticket selling stops at 4.30 PM)

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Time you can spend

2.5 Hours


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Clear Sky 32.95°C


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