In Imperial China, citizens hoping to obtain state official roles in the bureaucratic system had to pass the grueling imperial examinations. Educational academies across China helped applicants to prepare for the challenging examinations, and the Songyang Academy in Luoyang was one of the most prestigious institutions of its time. The peaceful atmosphere and exquisite natural scenery surrounding the academy made this a perfect setting for scholars to focus and study.
The nearby Star Watching Observatory was once the national observatory of China and is one of the oldest astronomy buildings in the world today. Yuan dynasty stargazers made many important measurements and discoveries at the observatory, and many calendar years were plotted from their findings.
Average time for this activity : 1 hrs
Opening hours : 8:00am until 5:30pm