), located in 50 kilometers to the southwest of Beijing
proper, is the former residence of Peking man
, who lived here approximately 200,000 to 500,000 years ago. Since the discovery of a complete skull on December 2, 1929, Zhoukoudian, which had more recently been noted for its production of lime, became world-famous as the "home of the Chinese ape-man". After the establishment of the People's Republic of China
, the number of sightseers and scientists increased rapidly, and Zhoukoudian has become a great tourist attraction. (More...