Explore the City’s Delightful Parks, See Locals’ Lifestyles
Beijing has special areas which are flocked by both locals and tourists to appreciate its green landscapes. From Jingshan park to Olympic park, whether you want to experience Beijinger’s lifestyle, look for nature or history, or somewhere to contemplate, and no matter what bit of the capital you’re in, you won’t be too far from one of the city’s amazing major green spaces. Here are ten of the best parks that are worth visiting.
- Yuan Ming Yuan
- Jingshan Park
- Taoranting Park
- The Olympic Park
- Yuyuantan Park
- Chaoyang Park
- Temple Of Heaven Park
- Zhongshan Park
- Beihai Park
- Ritan Park
10. Yuan Ming Yuan
Few parks in the world can compare to the beauty of the Yuan Ming Yuan Park. It features a perfect combination of gentle hills, man-made lakes, and a few special attractions. The jewel of the park are the ruins. The ruins come from bridges and stone buildings that existed in the park long ago. Unfortunately, over the course of many years spent at war, the buildings were destroyed and much of the stonework carried away. What is left today is a beautiful set of ruins and a reminder of the cost of war.
9. Jingshan Park
Easily one of the most beloved parks in all of Beijing. The Jingshan park is positioned perfectly, thus allowing it to overlook much of Beijing when at the park’s summit. It is filled with towering cypress trees and thousands of peony roses. And, of course, it is sprinkled with ancient architecture worth experiencing.
8. Taoranting Park
Also known as Joyful Park, this beautiful park is located in the Xuanwu District. It contains a small patch of land and access to a small lake. There are buildings, both ancient and modern, placed along the edges. Many people visit the park to walk the Taoran Ting, which is one of the famous historical pavilions.
7. The Olympic Park
This massive park stretches for almost 3,000 beautiful acres. Within those acres are buildings, stadiums, and separate parks. Most of those acres make up the main park known as the Forest Park, which features avenues that were used during the Olympic Games.
6. Yuyuantan Park
Also known as the Jade Lake Park, this park primarily consists of water surface, but there’s still plenty of land to traverse. This park is tucked away in the Haidan District and is host to the Zhongshan Garden, Liuchun Garden, and the Cherry Garden. Many visitors also come to explore the ancient pine forest.
5. Chaoyang Park
You’ll find several scenic spots to stop and enjoy the sites while walking through Chaoyang, or the Sun Park. This park combines a massive nature exhibit with a cutting-edge business district. Each year there are numerous festivals held in the Chaoyang Park.
4. Temple Of Heaven Park
Long ago, the Temple of Heaven Park was reserved for royal Chinese families. Today, it’s a large public park that attracts countless tourists every year. The main attraction is a large mound altar at the south and the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest at the north.
3. Zhongshan Park
This park was built as a dedication to the father of modern China, Sun Yat-Sen. The park is strategically placed just south of the Forbidden City. There are several ancient buildings, such as the Peace Safeguarding Arch, that can be found throughout the park. Aside from the buildings, there is plenty of beautiful landscape to enjoy. Each year a festival for Tulip Blossoms is held in the park.
2. Beihai Park
Not far from Jingshan Park is Beihai Park, an imperial park located near Beijing’s center. Much of the park consists of a large, beautiful lake. Next to that lake is a small mountain with a White Pagoda on top. It’s worth traveling up the mountain to view the park and the surrounding area from the pagoda. It’s a view unlike any other in all of Beijing.
1. Ritan Park
The Ritan Park houses some of Beijing’s most well-known historical sites. The main attraction is the Temple of The Sun that was built during the 16th century. There is also a large garden that spans more than 3,000 meters. Whether you prefer ancient architecture or beautiful gardens, the Ritan Park is worth a visit.
See Them All
Days are getting warmer, and if you want to experience Beijinger’s lifestyle you really should explore one of these parks filled with locals! See you soon!