Mt.Zijin observatory is located on the west peak of Mt. Zhongshan. Constructed in 1934, it is the first modern observatory built by Chinese in China. Thus, it occupies a very important position in the history of Chinese astronomy. Considered the cradle of modern Chinese astronomy, this observatory houses a remarkable collection of bronze Ming and Qing astronomical instruments once used by Jesuit missionaries as a tribute to her forbearers. The exhibits, full of artistic and scientific values include: Celestial Globe, Sundial, and Altazimuth.
The mountain dominates the eastern fringes of Nanjing and is a heavily forested area of parks and the site of most of Nanjing’s historical attractions. It's also one of the coolest places to escape from the steamy summers. A half-hour ride on a cable car carries you to the top of the 448m hill for a panoramic, if somewhat hazy, view of Nanjing, or you can walk up the stone path that runs beneath the cable cars.
Location: No.2 West Beijing Road, Nanjing
Entrance Fee: RMB 15
Opening Hours: 08:30-16:30
Transportation: Take Bus No.3 or 20 and get off at the cable station.