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Park Hopping in Beijing

Every city has some parks to offer its visitors, Beijing is no exception. As Beijing is running on a fast track, the sprawling city is teeming with public parks and theme parks. And hopping between parks in Beijing can be fun and an essential Chinese experience! Here are two must-visit parks in Beijing:

Former Imperial Haunt
Beihai Park

Beihai Park is located in central Beijing City, one of the oldest and most complete imperial garden existing in China, dating back to thousands of years. The park used to a favorite haunt with emperors and members of the royal family for lodging when traveling, or dealing with administrative affairs. The whole garden surrounds Qionghua Island as the center, the towering pagoda has become a symbol of Beihai Park. Beihai Park is built based on some ancient mythology, hailed as a classic example of Chinese gardens. Combining with the Northern Chinese Garden and private southern garden, it is very magnificent and graceful, with religious serenity and imperial solemnity blended perfectly into one harmonious whole - a treasure of Chinese garden art. Beihai has so far remained the oldest body of water in Beijing, featuring most complete protection of the Imperial Palace, unique garden art style, one of the cultural heritages of mankind and a refined ancient garden in China.

Colorful Museum of Ethnic Culture
Chinese Ethnic Park

Chinese Ethnic Park is located in Asian Sports Village sitting southwest of Beijing, covering an area of about 40 hectares. The park is a large national cultural base offering Chinese traditional architecture, folk customs of ethnic minorities, song and dance performances, processing as well as the national Food all rolled into one. The Chinese Ethnic Park is divided into North and south two areas, the park has 36 ethnic villages, also National Museum, National Gallery, sculpture plaza, and a number of natural landscapes on offer in the park. The north section has 16 ethnic villages, housing the largest iron statues and simulation of tropical fig trees, water, forest, cave dragon falls, Alisan Shenmu and Cangyuan rock paintings etc. Within the village pavilions and houses are well-proportioned, according to ethnic style, true reproduction of the cultural relics of various ethnic groups. When the tourists visit the ethnic village, they cannot only enjoy themselves but also participate in the ethnic songs and dances, festivals, production, sports and art performances.

Overall, hopping between parks in Beijing can be fun and costs little and hard-to-beat experience!