Beijing Planetarium located on Xizhimenwai Street, opposite of the
Beijing Zoo. It is both
a research and entertainment center, used to popularize science. It
consists of two parts: Beijing Planetarium and Beijing Ancient
Observatory, with the Ancient Observatory being located far away at
There are two buildings on site, an older and a newer. The older
planetarium building was built in 1957.
It was the first planetarium in Asia and contains two
exhibition halls, as well as the Celestial Theater which shows
celestial phenomena in high definition. The newer facility has
several exciting attractions: Digital Space Theater, 3D theater, 4D
theater, exhibition hall, two observatories.
trip to the Beijing Planetarium should really revolve around the
four shows on offer daily – ‘Cosmic Detective Kids’, ‘Escape from
Dino Island’, the ‘Digital Space Theatre’, and a 4D show – ‘Walking
the Cambrian’. As the names might suggest, this is really one to
please the little ones (or those young minded).
Block A, housed in an older observatory building, contains
exhibitions of cosmic images and telescopes. You can really tell
that the planetarium gears itself towards a younger clientele
because most things are positioned at waist-level, but there are
plenty of interactive screens (Chinese only) and space projections
to keep the experience lively for all. Men-Yung Wang
Reminiscent of a cinema, and with pervasive popcorn smells, Block B
houses most of the screening theatres, with exhibitions focused on
the ground floor. With sections dedicated to the sun, moon, planets
and meteors, it covers all the basics for understanding the
universe, with simple information set out in Chinese and English.
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