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“Excellent, if you have an interest in Anthropology!”

Zhoukoudian Peking Man Site
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Ranked #371 of 1,618 things to do in Beijing
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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 27 April 2014

Having first heard of Peking Man in anthropology classes in university, I had to visit the site while living in China. It's true that there is not a whole lot for average tourists but those with an interest in the field will likely enjoy it. Having a car, I drove out, which was straightforward enough. Travel time was around 75 minutes there, with medium traffic. A bad accident added another 30 min on the return leg. The site is pleasant to wander around and well signed. Although the main site (#1) is a bit confusing - two groups of Chinese asked me for help to find it (some signs say "Peking Man" and other refer by number "1" - same place). It was nice to see locals interested in the history, including some nice elderly folks I kept running into. If you are in Beijing for a long time, make the trip and use it as a reason to get out of the city for a day to see a UNESCO site.

4  Thank WaynePod
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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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