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!
After exploring the Beijing science museum, I had a few hours to spare wandering around the nearby area. I headed north to the Olympic Forest Park to explore.This park is absolutely HUGE - judging by the map you could easily spend all day wandering around and not retrace your steps at all! I only spent … Continue reading Olympic Forest Park
A lovely park in the centre of Shijiazhuang, Chang'an park made a lovely spot for us to relax after spending a good half day exploring the nearby Hebei Museum and shopping.Nearby there are several shopping malls and a small underground market area where we bought the most delicious frozen yoghurt concoction!
Formerly part of the Tianning Monastery, this wood and brick pagoda dates back to the Tang Dynasty (although it's current style is from the Song Dynasty renovations).The pagoda is set in a (modern) temple park, with some pretty gateways, bridges and small pavilions to explore.Inside, it is surprisingly simple - with just a small shrine. … Continue reading Lingxiao Pagoda
For our first morning in Plovdiv, we headed first for this large garden, conveniently located near our hostel and en route to the main sights. We started at the main feature of the garden - the singing fountains, which were surprisingly unspectacular. I think if you headed across to the restaurant complex on the other … Continue reading Garden of Tsar Simeon