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Zhoukoudian Cave

Zhoukoudian Cave © Mutt
Zhoukoudian Cave © Mutt

About 25 miles (40km) south of Beijing, in the Fangshan District, is the Zhoukoudian Cave, the source of the largest collection of Homo erectus fossils from any single site in the world. The fossils recovered from the cave represent about 40 individuals, most famous of which is a cranium element commonly known as the 'Peking Man', the world's earliest fire-using primitive man who lived between 200,000 and 700,000 years ago.

The Zhoukoudian site on Dragon Bone Hill has a comprehensive seven-room exhibition of fossils and artefacts depicting human evolution and the lifestyle of primitive humans. It showcases fossils from all over China, allowing visitors to compare the different lifestyles of the ancient communities that were discovered here.

Address: Zhoukoudian, Fangshan

Website: www.zkd.cn

Telephone: 010 6930 1272

Transport: Bus 917 from Tianqiao station to Zhoukou Cun Lukou, before taking Fangshan Bus 38 to Yuan Ren Yi Zhi (Zhoukoudian Cave)

Opening times: April to October 8.30am - 4.30pm; November to March 8.30am - 4pm.

Admission: CNY 30 (adults), concessions available