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Zhoukoudian is a cave system located 42 km to the southwest of Beijing, China. It is famous for the discovery of the remains of the Peking Man, or Sinanthropus pekinensis, a Homo erectus dating back to at least 500,000 years ago.

The Peking Man Site was discovered by Swedish paleontologist Johan Gunnar Andersson in 1921. The caves at Zhoukoudian has been used for early men in the later Upper Palaeolithic period. Evidence in the form of stone and bone tools have been discovered there.

The Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 11th session of the World Heritage Committee meeting in UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, on 7-11 December, 1987.

The Outstanding Universal Value to humanity of the site lies in it being an exceptional reminder of the prehistorical human societies of the Asian continent.

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Zhoukoudian Peking Man site, Beijing, China
Zhoukoudian Peking Man site, Beijing, China
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Zhoukoudian Museum, Beijing
Zhoukoudian Museum, Beijing
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 39 44 E 115 55
Inscription Year: 1987
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: III, VI

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Visiting Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian

Best is to arrange with a taxi in Beijing or with a Beijing tour agency.

Local Tours of China

At times, it is faster, safer and cheaper to join a local tour than to go there yourself. This is especially true for many places in China. However, you need to be wary of the tour operators, especially those in China.

Here are a few local tours of China that you may wish to add to your itinerary. These tours are arranged by Viator, one of the most reputable tour agencies in the market.

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