A stroll in the park is a good way to shave off time when the weather and pollution make it possible to do so. Beijing has numerous parks from the very well know Olympic Forest Park to the city-centered Chaoyang Park. The parks highlighted below are scattered around Beijing with one being the first Eco reserve park for milu, an endangered deer species once indigenous to the central swamps of China. These hidden gems require that you walk around though under the shade of tree. To get to some of these places will require that you take a taxi or car.
Xishan National Forest Park
Xishan National Forest Park is the largest national forest park in Beijing, which is situated in Small Western Hills, 20 kilometers (12 miles) from the urban area of Beijing. It’s the nearest forest park to the urban region of Beijing. The park began to be constructed in 1984. The forest park has five main scenic areas, including Changhua, Baiwang, Jingfu, Lingyun and Beiling. The tickets are RMB 10 per person and it’s opened from 8am till 6pm.
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Tongzhou Grand Canal Park
Tongzhou Grand Canal Park (通州运河公园) is located in Tongzhou District, southeast of Beijing. It covers a total area of 368 square meters (909 acres) with length of 4,600 meters and width of 600-800 meters. The park was first formed in 1936 and expanded in 1985. It is an over water attraction site with space for biking around the canal areas and taking a boat ride. It’s free to visit this place and opens from 5am till 10pm.
The Nanhaizi Park (麋鹿公园)is located in the Daxing District along the No. 5 Ring Road. It includes a glade landscape zone, an imperial culture zone, and an ecological reservation zone for the once an indigenous species living in the central swamps of China, milu, a nearly extinct deer species that got reintroduced in China in 1985 by a British aristocrat. The park has also introduced other kinds of deers like the red deer, water deer, spotted deer, sambar, roe, hog deer and the white-lipped deer.Be sure to carry some binoculars to see far away animals. The park opens from Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 6pm.
Changpu River Park
This is a small park about 513 meters between the Beijing Hotel and the Forbidden City. It is officially called Outer Jinshui River and originated from Xiyuan Zhonghai lake of Imperial City and flows eastwards into Yuhe River along the south wall of Imperial City in front of the Tiananmen Gate Tower. The river is well stocked with a variety of gold fishes that are swimming about in the river. An arch bridge and two curved bridges modelled after the old architectural Chinese style. Afforestation covers 65 percent of the park with tree and flowers scattered all over the park.
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