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“My favorite site in Beijing Region”

Zhoukoudian Peking Man Site
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Owner description: “Peking Man” was the nickname given to the human fossils dating as far back as 18,000 – 11,000 B.C. that were discovered in this small Chinese village. ,
Reviewed 7 October 2013

This site is my favorite site in Beijing partly for I majored in Anthropology at University. I took the subway to Suzhuan station and then transferred to bus 917. I like the Upper Cave and the exhibition of the museum. This site is good for discovery tour or education tour.

1  Thank Billy Z
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Reviewed 13 September 2012

While in Beijing I hired a car to visit the Peking man caves in the outskirts of Beijing about a 40 ninute drive.It is out of the usual popular tourist destinations.At the site entance there is a huge head of the Peking Man made in Bronze and a museum.Inside the museum (A small fee is charged) there are some tools used by Peking man and some bone fragments of animals that have been eaten by Peking man found during excavations. It also has many pictures and lifelike statues of Peking Mans family life in the area when they lived in the caves.

These is also story about the skull of peking man found on this site and was stolen many years ago.

The museum also has a souvenir shop and washrooms

There is a trail that leads to several caves ( The Caves are empty) . There are some staues around the caves which depict various activities of the Peking man like hunting, preparing a meal etc
The trail to the caves has some narrow high pathways and steep stairs.

The caves are abandoned and well kept. One cave has the sign where the Peking Mans skull was discoverd

I found it exciting to visit this place.

5  Thank Jariya
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Reviewed 23 May 2012

find the describtion what you can see also from others,
i just have to add, that the area is the original one, you can walk through ... and thats it.

the museum is 70year-style and you learn nothing.

the place is difficulty to reach (but you can reach it with different busses), it's within the beijing bus system area, the bejing public transport card is nicely working.

some people wrote that this is located 150 km outside: thats completely wrong, may be 40 km from the center of beijing. as mentioned: you can reach it without problems by public transport.

coming back: no, save time and read in the net what is behind and save the time.

2  Thank joedi2
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Reviewed 20 May 2012

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.

4  Thank NotThereYet59
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Reviewed 18 April 2012

I enjoyed my trip out here. It may not be the most enthralling World Heritage Site but it did provide a nice way to get off the beaten track from the Chinese capital.

Just thought I would post some details on getting to Peking Man site on public transport, as there wasn't anywhere that had a full run down when I was looking:

You will need bus 917.
Busses leave regularly (every 10/15 minutes) from Tianqiao Bus station (天桥) It isn't really a bus station it is just some bus stops on Beiwei Road, near the western gate to Temple of Heaven Park.

There are a few bus stops with 917 on them but it is the one with just 917 no Chinese character after it that you are looking for.

The bus stop you are aiming to get off at is called 周口村路口 (Perhaps it is called Zhoukoudian Town Hall in translation, as that is where you are let off, but I am not sure about it's actual name)
It is about 1.5 – 2.25 hours on the bus depending on traffic. It goes on the highway for a long time, then pulls of and goes around little suburban towns. Zhoukoudian is where the mountains start to get really close, so keep an eye out the window and if the mountains are still a long way off you can have a doze.
Showing the conductor the name of the stop I needed ensured I paid the correct price (9 yuan) and also meant she, and the rest of the bus, could tell me where to get off.

From this bus stop you can wait for the small shuttle bus #38 to take you to the site proper, or it is about a 2km/ 20 minute walk. If you decide to walk just carry on the main road in the direction you have come from. The road bends to the right, goes straight and then bends to the left. The site is then just the other side of the little 'Olympic' square and railway tracks, though it should be obvious by this stage.

To get back it is just the same but in reverse. There was a taxi waiting outside that took me to the 917 bus stop (10 yuan, probably could be battered down, but the price was fine for me).
The 917 was a really regular bus. If one turns up that is full it is probably worth waiting for the next one so you don't have to stand for 2 hours. Though it is worth noting the service stops about 4-5pm so later in the day it may just be worth taking whatever comes.

The whole visit took me about 4.5 hours from my hotel which was near Tianqiao station.
It was a tiny adventure doing this under my own steam and people were so friendly to me it really made the trip worthwhile. So if you are in Beijing with some time to spare it is probably worth doing!

19  Thank meltwaterfalls
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