After hours of combing through our archives, we feature some places worth a visit over the holiday period to get the most out of Beijing before the cold has us shuddering at the thought of having to go outside. These places are action packed and hopefully the weather and air quality index permit a day out. Avoid the crowds at places like Tiananmen as even walking 200 meters will take an eternity.
It’s no secret that autumn is one of the best times to be in Beijing. Though the days are winding down, there are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy some outdoor fun. Tucked away in the northeast of Beijing between the Airport Expressway and the Fourth Ring Road, the area around Si’de Park in Lido is ripe for exploration. The presence of several hotels, international schools, and foreign companies make this a popular spot for expat families. Though small, this diverse and laid-back neighborhood is dotted with restaurants, cafes, and shops.
Before heading into Si’de Park, stop by Maan Coffee (1). Kids will love the Korean cafe’s heaping Belgian-style waffles (ranging from RMB 28-62). Maan Coffee also offers bingsu (shaved ice bowls), sandwiches, salads, and coffee. However, avoid the greasy breakfast plates at all costs. The cafe occupies two floors and boasts inspired decor: floor-to-ceiling windows, lots of wood, glass chandeliers, and a large tree sprouting from the ground floor. There’s also a nail salon called Nail Mania within the building. Another bonus is that the Lido branch of Ai Jiang Shan, arguably one of the best Korean chains in town, is located right next door.
Walk off those waffles and head to Si’de Park North Gate (2). At 167,000 square meters, Si’de Park is modest by Beijing standards. However, the impeccably landscaped grounds and range of facilities attract locals and foreigners of all ages. After entering the north gate, turn right and follow the park’s circular path. You’ll come across a children’s amusement park, complete with an inflatable castle, tiled playgrounds, merry-go-rounds, and all kinds of colorful rides. The amusement park is open every day from 9am-7pm to children 8 years and younger. Each rides costs around RMB 5-15.
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Photos: Sijia Chen