Marlita Thinnes, Ken Bang, and their two sons, 8-year-old Nolan and 6-year-old Vincent, hail from the US. Both boys attend Yew Chung International School of Beijing (YCIS). Because it is so close to their home, the Bang family has been visiting Chaoyang Park ever since they first arrived in Beijing two years ago.
We are always surprised with something new when we go. Last time we were there, we saw miniature horses. Now there is [equestrian show]Cavalia playing there.
We love this park because it is across the street, free for kids, and RMB 5 for adults. Last time we were there, Nolan and Vincent played in the biggest bouncy house we have ever seen.
Note that the south gate has heavy traffic because the entrance for the games and rides is there, so it is not very clean. The further you get from the rides, the cleaner. The bathrooms are not acceptable.
The boys love renting the four-person bike and take turns driving it around the park. One time, we rented the electric car and they said it was too slow; the bike is better.
The Rug [near the south gate]– great food and coffee.
The boys’ favorite memory is the first time we visited and rented the four-person bike. We rode all around the park and got to see everything it had to offer and got to sample lots of food. Every time we visit, we always get the twisted potato on a stick.
This is the second post of a three part series. Find part one here.
This article originally appeared on page 46 of the 2016 June-July Issue of beijingkids magazine. Click here for your free online copy. To find out how you can obtain a hard copy, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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