I decided to go to the Zhoukoudian site to get out of Beijing and to do something different. For an archaeologist, this might be terrific but as a tourist, this is an attraction that can be skipped. Despite the excellent directions provided here, I ended up hiring a car to get here so the trip was relatively fast.
What I liked:
I loved getting out of Beijing and having the chance to do some walking. The site is on a hill and, like many things in China, is not handicap accessible but there are nice paths that are well shaded. There are several animal sculptures throughout the park which does give you a sense of the size of the animals that were also found in the caves.
There was a small museum that had a good collection of the fossils and bones (or replicas) which were interesting. There were several booths with animations that showed various aspects of human life which were also in English and somewhat entertaining.
What I didn't like:
In general, there was not enough to read in order to learn more about what you were looking at. If you didn't know much about Peking man before visiting, you would not have learned much more after going to this site.
The site was much smaller than I expected. I was hoping for a couple of hours of beautiful scenery but the entire trip was less than an hour.
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