Temperatures are starting to rise in Beijing, with Qingming Festival marking the arrival of spring. You know what that means: Playing outside! This month, we spotlight day trips and parks in and around Beijing to help shake off those lingering winter doldrums.
Next weekend, venture to lesser-known mountains and nature reserves like Changyucheng, Yunmengshan, Lingshan, Songshan, Mengshan, and more. If you can’t get out of the city, hop on the subway and head to some of Beijing’s most picturesque parks: Beihai Park, Longtanhu Park, Olympic Forest Park, and Purple Bamboo Park, just to name a few. What’s more, touring experts Beijing Sideways and Beijing Hikers offer their tips and essentials for hitting the trail safely with your family.
For something a bit closer to home, we take you on a walking tour of the Legation Quarter in What’s Fun In. Located just east of Tiananmen Square, this storied neighborhood used to contain the bulk of the city’s foreign legations and has been revamped into a picturesque shopping and dining district.
In Health, we welcome new health columnist, naturopath, and mom-of-two Melissa Rodriguez. She offers tips on harnessing nutrition to build resistance against pollution. In keeping with our outdoor theme, Dr. Richard teaches us how to recognize poisonous plants on the trail and treat associated skin irritations. Plus, School Editor Ellis Friedman broaches the awkward subject of talking about sex with your kids or teens.
Does your child struggle in a traditional school setting? Consider homeschooling, one solution that many parents in Beijing have embraced. We hear first-hand from families who made the switch. Also in Learning, students from Harrow International School Beijing weigh the costs and benefits of living in a heavily-polluted city.
What’s more, read our review of the newly-opened Fourteen Bistro Lounge in Beixinqiao, which offers pizza-making parties and sweet fondue for kids. In Living, we check out Cuccina’s new Indigo branch and Yosemite Art Center’s birthday packages.
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