It is an interactive educational center for promotion of science and education. The combination of science and technology is the main theme of Sony ExploraScience.It connects interactive educational exhibits from the Exploratorium in San Francisco with Sony’s latest digital technologies to help your kids to experience the attraction of science. Sony ExploraScience is divided into four sections, namely,”illusion,”, “refraction/reflection”, “light/colors”, “sounds”.
The purpose of Sony ExploraScience, as Nobuyuki Idei, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sony Corporation, said, is to fulfill the dreams of the world’s Digital Dream Kids.
Address: located inside Chaoyang Park, near the south gate, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9.30am-6pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-7.30pm, closed on second Mon and Tue of each month
Telephone: 10 6501 8800
Website:: http://www.explorascience.com.cn （only in Chinese )Beijing Public Bus:
31,117,302,350,406,419,431,499,502, 635,672,673,675,677,682,686,729,731,734, 750 ,758,852,973,976,984, 985,988 ( enter the south gate to Chaoyang park, turn left and walk 200 meters)
2. Beijing China Science & Technology Museum （中国科学技术馆）
It is a nationa-level museum of science and technology, an important destination for popular science education in China. Its purpose is to disseminate knowledge of science and technology among the public, and help increase the scientific and cultural literacy of all citizens.
The museum is composed of 3 main exhibition halls – A, B and C. The Exhibition A show the exhibits of ancient Chinese technology about astronomy, the compass, gunpowder, bronze smelting and casting, papermaking and printing.
Exhibition Hall B has over 300 items from aeronautics, astronautics, energy, communications, material science and mechanics, information technology, life science and environmental science. Exhibition Hall C is one of the museum’s major attractions and also one of the largest Astro-vision theaters in the world.
Address: No 1, Beisanhuan Zhonglu, on northern section of the 3rd Ring Road Beijing
Admission: Exhibition hall A: RMB 30 for adult; RMB 20 for student.
Exhibition hall B: RMB 30 for adult; RMB 15 for student.
Exhibition hall C: RMB 10 for adult; RMB 20 for children.
Opening Hours: 9:00 – 16: 30. (Closed on Monday)
Website:: http://www.cstm.org.cn/ （only in Chinese )Beijing Public Buses: Bus Lines: Bus 1, 300, 302, 367, 380, 387, 406, 407, 422, 702, 718, 725, 730, 731, 734, 735, 801, 825, 830, 831, 834, 835, 967 or Yuntong bus 201, 101, 104.
3. Beijing Zoo (Giant Pandas) 北京动物园
Beijing Zoo is located to the west of Beijing City ( 2km west of Xizhimen Subway Station Line 2 ). It has both rare Chinese animals, such as the Giant Panda and the Golden Monkey, and also a wide selection from around the world – from Polar Bears to Kangaroos. Over 6,000 animals of over 500 species are on show.
The present place of Beijing Zoo was originally the imperial garden in the Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). Various plants and trees were cultivated and animals were raised here in the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911). After 1949, the site was renovated and was later well known as the West Suburban Park.
In 1955, the name was turned into Beijing Zoo and the range of animals was increased. The visits by the heads of states have brought some of the animals as gifts.
Address: No.137 Xizhimenwai Main Street, Xicheng District Beijing
Opening Hours: 7:30-18:00
Telephone: 68315131 68390274
Beijing Public Buses: Bus Lines: 103, 103, 808…
4. Beijing Aquarium （北京海洋馆)
Beijing aquarium is home to thousands of fish, coral reefs, turtles and other underwater creatures, and is packed with children on weekends. A good place to take children. Listed as “the world’s largest inland aquarium”, this huge building offers a close-up view at the vivid life of the world’s rivers and oceans.
The porpoise performance and fish feeding times in the big tank are not to be missed. It has an Amazon rainforest area, coral reefs, a shark aquarium, whales, dolphins and a marine mammal pavilion. Two children under 1.2 m are free with each adult accompany. Aquarium tickets include admission to the zoo.
Address: No.137 Xizhimenwai Main Street, Xicheng District Beijing
Opening Hours: 9:00- 17:30
Telephone: 62176655 ext 6391
Website: http://www.bj-sea.com/ （only in Chinese )
Beijing Public Buses: Bus Lines: 103, 103, 808…5. Beijing Happy Valley （欢乐谷）
Dubbed “Disney in Beijing”, a Chinese theme park, one of the “Happy Valley” chains. The first “Happy Valley” has been successfully operating for many years in Shenzhen in south China’s Guangdong Province.
At the same time, the group is going to build on two more “Happy Valleys” in Shanghai and Chengdu. Beijing Happy Valley is composed of six theme parks, including Firth Forest, Atlantis, Aegean Sea, Lost Maya, Shangri-La, Ant Kingdom.
Address: Xiaowuji Beilu, Dongsi Huan, Chaoyang District, Beijing (located on the south east end of the city) Entrance Fee: RMB 160 for adult; RMB 140 for student; Kids: RMB 80; Kids under 1.2 m: free
Opening Hours: 9:00-19:30 (weekday); 8:30-19:30 (weekend)
Telephone: 67383333, 67389898
Website: http://bj.happyvalley.cn/ （only in Chinese )
Beijing Public Buses:
Take bus 52 and get off at Jinsongqiao Dong Station , then take bus 41 and get off at Houfengqiao Nan Station, walking about 50 meters and get to the park;
Take Metro Line 1 and get off at Dawang Lu Station from Exit A, then connect bus 31 and get off at Houfengqiao Nan Station, walking 50 meters to the park.
Take Metro Line 10 and get off at Jinsong Station, then take bus 41 at Jinsong Qiao to Houfengqiao Nan Station.
6. Beijing Shijingshan Amusement Park
Shijingshan Amusement Park is located north of the Bajiaocun subway station of Metro Line 1, about 15 km west of Tian’anmen. It is easily accessible either by the line 1 subway or many public traffic.
In the theme park, there are Gothic Cinderella Castle, Arabic restaurant, Euro style Blue Bridge, Russian gate tower etc. You can enjoy the games, such as jet tower, gorge drift, big dipper and rocket bungee etc.
Address: 25 Shijinghsnan Lu, Shijignshan District, Beijing
Entrance Fee: RMB for adult: RMB 5 for student; Free for kids under 1.2 m
Opening Hours: 8：30am – 5：00pm (April 1 – October 31); 9：00am – 4：30pm(November 1 – March 31)
Telephone: +86 10 68876016
Beijing Public Buses: Bus 337,327,325,354, 385, 389,318,959,958,728,622,965; Bajiao Amusement Park Station Line 1
7. Beijing Natural History Museum,
When you walk into the nature museum, you can see the fossil that has kept the record of the ancient life, the lively creature specimen in different poses, and realistic nature sights.
You will be naturally driven by them and be excited to explore the origin of preliminary life, the process of creature evolution and the dawn of human history. The collections include paleontology, ornithology, mammals and invertebrates, and include a major collection of dinosaur fossils and mounted skeletons.
Add:126 Tianqiao Nanlu, chongwen District, near the west gate of the Temple of Heaven
Address: No. 126 Tianqiao South Street, Beijing.
Opening Hour: 8:30 to 17:00 everyday, stop selling the ticket after 16:00
Beijing Public Buses: Bus Nos. 102, 105, 110, 120, 54, 20, 17, 2, 6, 25, 45 and 59, get off at Tianqiao Station.
8. Beijing China Aviation Museum
China Aviation Museum is about 40 miles north of Beijing and located in the foot of fascinating Xiao Tang Hill (XiaoTangShan) in Chang Ping County. On November 11, 1989, it was opened to the public in the 40th Anniversary of the Founding of Air Force of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.
At present, the aviation museum has a collection of over 200 airplanes with the types more than 100, and weapon and equipped samples like ground-air missile, high cannon, radar, aviation bomb and aviation cameras. Among which, many of them are the precious cultural relics of domestic and world aviation treasure works.
Address: Xiaotangshan Town, Changping District, 9km east of the Xiaotangshan Exit on the Badaling Express.
Entrance Fee: RMB 20
Opening Hours: 9:00 to 16: 00. ( Closed on Monday )
Telephone: 010-61784882，66916919 FAX：010-61784882
Beijing Public Buses: Take a taxi along Jingchang Expressway and get off at the middle way, turn left and drive 10km.
9. Beijing World Park
It is said to be one of the largest miniature theme parks in Asia with about 100 models of world famous artificial and natural wonders on display.
As a miniture park, the Beijing World Park is situated in the Fengtai District southwestern of downtown Beijijng. It is 20 kilometers from Tian’anmen and 40 kilometers from the Capital International Airport.
Address: 158 Fengbaolu, Huaxing, Fengtai Distict, Beijing
Entrance Fee: RMB 65 per adult and RMB 24 for child
Opening Hours: 9 – 17:00
Telephone: 8361 3344
Beijing Public Buses:
Bus No. 905: Summer Palace – World Park
Special Bus No. 7: Qianmen – Changchunjie – Liuliqiao – World Park
Beijing Railway Station Special Line: Beijing Railway Station East Street – Qianmen – Tianqiao – World Park
10. Le Cool Ice Skating
Le Cool is located at China World Shopping Mall. It has a light atmosphere unlike most indoor rinks. It is opened to the public all year round and is crowded in winter. The rink is popular among children and young adults, usually office employees who work for companies located around the mall.
Entrance Fee & Hours: Weekdays: RMB 30 for 90 min (10am-6pm), RMB 40 for 90 min (6-10pm). Weekends: RMB 50 for 90 min. Skate rental included
Beijing Public Buses: Take Subway Line 1 to Guomao station, or take bus 9, 502 or 976 to Dabeiyao stop
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