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Beijing Science and Technology Study Tour

Beijing, China's scientific and technological education center, owns top-class universities, scientific research institutions, and numerous museums. Apart from the usual historical and scenic attractions, spending one or two days learning the light of science and technology, especially which of the ancient China will also make your China tour memorable and fruitful. Here, TravelChinaGuide offers a two-day Beijing independent tour:
Day1 China Science and Technology Museum - Geological Museum of China - Beijing Planetarium
Calcite in China Geological Museum
The new venue of the China Science and Technology Museum is located on the east of the Olympic Park and can be reached by subway line 8 and line 15. Take Exit B of Olympic Green subway station and walk eastward for 380 yards; then turn north onto Hujing East Road; head for another 400 yards and you will see the museum on your right. The museum has five permanent exhibitions - Glory of China, Scientific Paradise, Exploration & Discovery, Sci-tech and Life, and Challenges and Future. We recommend you pay a careful visit to the Glory of China part, which exhibits many smart works and achievements of ancient times. The Scientific Paradise is specially designed for children aged from 3 to 10, providing young kids an easy access to science. Moreover, the scientific movies in the dome theater, huge-screen theater, motion theater, and 4D theater will show you a splendid science world. 

Afterwards, walk back to Olympic Green Station to take subway line 8 to Nanluoguxiang and change to line 6 to Ping'anli, where you can connect line 4 to Xisi station. Leave the station from Exit D and your second destination, Geological Museum of China, is in the presence of you. You can have lunch in a nearby restaurant and visit the museum later. It is one of the earliest museums in China and contains more than 200,000 geological samples. The museum opens from 09:00 to 16:00 and closes on Mondays. After that, if time permits, you are advised to continue your independent tour to Beijing Planetarium, which is near the Exit D of Beijing Zoo Station of subway line 4. Please note that it is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Day2 CCTV Tower - Ancient Observatory
Ancient Observatory
In the morning, you may take 323, 374, Yuntong 102, or Yuntong 103 to Yuyuantan Ximen, which is about 350 yards north of the CCTV Tower. Here's another option for backpacking travelers - catch bus 40, 74, 77, 323, 374, 437, 624, 631, 698, 968, or 977 to Hangtianqiao South, and then walk for another 450 yards southwards to the tower. The admission fee is CNY90 per person if you want to ascend the tower. You can have a bird's eye view of this city on the top of the tower. At noon, you can enjoy a buffet lunch in the revolving restaurant in the tower while enjoying the scenery outside the window. The Pacific Underwater World under the tower also deserves a visit if you are interested in the ocean creatures. The admission fee is CNY120 per person. 

In the afternoon, take a taxi to the Ancient Observatory at a cost of CNY40. The ancient building was built in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) and had been working as the national observatory of the feudal dynasties from then on. Nowadays, you can still find many old astronomical instruments there. The opening hour is 09:00 - 17:00 from Tuesday to Sunday, and it is closed on Monday. The admission fee is CNY 20 per person. You should notice that the ticketing stops at 16:30. Make sure you arrive there before that time.
Note for Self-Guided Tourists:
There are two airports in Beijing, Capital International Airport and Nanyuan Airport. Capital Airport operates flights to international destinations, such as USA, Canada, UK, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Singapore and Malaysia, and most domestic destinations including Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xian, and Guilin. Nanyuan Airport only has some domestic flights.
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