This peaceful park located to the south of Shanhaiguan makes a lovely afternoon walk. It is centred around a large lake, with picturesque bridges across it. When I visited, several families were enjoying themselves peddling small boats around the lake - it's clearly a popular spot for locals to relax with friends. The rest of … Continue reading Lianhuahu Park (Lotus flower lake Park)
After spending half an hour or so exploring the lovely Pule Temple, we walked up the path behind it into the Sledgehammer Peak Scenic Area. This is essentially a large, forest-covered hill with an unusually shaped rock at the top, apparently a great spot to enjoy the sunset. There is apparently a cable car to … Continue reading Sledgehammer Peak National Forest Park Scenic Area
Possible as a day or weekend trip from Beijing, Chengde's main attraction is the former mountain resort of the emperors. Built during the Qing dynasty, it is composed of a large imperial palace complex alongside administrative and religious buildings, set in extensive gardens around a beautiful lake. The main palace consists of a line of … Continue reading Chengde – the Emperor’s Mountain Resort
Like many Chinese cities, Beijing was once protected by a city wall. Time and development however have destroyed most of it, but there is a small remaining section in a small park by the Beijing Railway Station. While the park itself is free to wander around and admire the remains of the wall, you can … Continue reading Beijing Old City Wall
One of the largest parks in Beijing's city centre, Beihai Park is a popular local hangout and tourist spot. It was established in the Jin Dynasty as an Imperial Palace - used for relaxing, handling important government affairs and sacrificing for the emperors.The park surrounds a large lake, on which visitors can explore a small … Continue reading Beihai Park
Conveniently located next to the Forbidden City, this lovely park in central Beijing consists of various pagodas, statues and rocks centred around the Alter of Land and Grain. It made a lovely break from the busy city, with some nice places to sit and relax.There was an interesting section consisting of a wall of fish … Continue reading Zhongshan Park
A popular sight in Beijing, the birds nest stadium was the landmark setting of the 2008 Olympic Games. I have to admit there's not an awful lot to actually do here, just look at the interesting architecture and take some photos!It was particularly pretty lit up in the evening, with lights on all the buildings!