For Skaters, Bladers, and Scooters, Wanjing SOHO is Paradise Found, but there is nowhere to even buy a bottle of water. In fact, with the exception of three beauty salons and the ever-present real-estate offices, there is nothing to shop for at all. But if your kids like to ride skateboards, scooters, or rollerblades, then Wangjing SOHO is already a paradise in Beijing. The smooth central pathways beckon children (and a few adults) to grab their wheels and have some fun.
Along the perimeter of the towers, smaller paths wend their way through the gardens and lead to the crown jewel, a giant fountain on the north side of tower one.
Although tower three (the tallest) and the large park to the south are still under construction and will not be complete until late summer, the areas around the other two towers provide a wealth of places to roll and stroll. If you do get peckish, or in need of a beverage, 7-11, Burger King, Obentos, Zoo Café, and Costa Coffee are among the many places you can find just across the street. No doubt, as spring gives way to summer, businesses and restaurants in the SOHO buildings will open and you won’t even need to cross the road unless you want to.
Photos by Christopher Lay