Tuanjiehu meaning the “united lakes” in English, is a park located in Chaoyang District not far from other parks like Chaoyang Park and Honglingjin Park. What sets Tuanjiehu Park a part from the others is the scenic bridges, Southern Chinese style buildings, and abundance of willow trees among the shores of the lake. One is almost transported into a poem of Xu Zhi Mo’s (renowned Chinese poet for writing about Southern Chinese stories).
Admission to the park is just RMB 1.50. The park boasts a big lake. For a deposit of RMB 100 one can take a boat (with oars) that costs RMB 30 for an hour on the lake. Peddling boats are also available but it is suggested that you take the boat with the oars as the scenery can be better admired. Getting used to the boat can take a while, but once the oars have hit the water, the adventure begins! Glide among the water enjoying the different sounds of Chinese instruments like er’hu, xiao (Chinese flute), and even a harmonica at times. The shores covered in green and white buildings with dark charcoal roofs decorate the view.
Kid’s trampolines and amusement park toys line the park, you can even find a little marry-go-round here.
After all the sight seeing, if not fully exhausted the Tuangjiehu Pool has a man-made beach that can momentarily satisfy the summer beach craving for kids and adults alike. Jindingxuan restaurant nearby features tasty dishes and treats sure to help tired bodies cool down after a day out at the park.