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Retreat to Houhai for Fun and Relaxation

If you want to get away from the summer heat and just kick back for a little while when visiting Beijing, nothing beats a retreat to Houhai. There are plenty of fun activities to explore in Houhai. Here are some fun things highly recommended for you!

Boat Cruise on Houhai Lake
Beijing Houhai Area

Though hyped to be the sea, Houhai is actually a huge artificial lake, and used to be a former royal family retreat. Located in downtown Beijing, it is only four or five stops from Tiananmen, next to the famous Jingshan Park, with the Imperial Palace standing not far apart facing each other. With a walk, you will see green glazed tile walls, as well as lush and towering trees. Reportedly, Houhai Lake is connected with the Imperial Palace, since ancient times has been the geomantic treasure ground. Back then, the monks built the temple here, the ministers set home by the shore, celebrities have also moved to the lakeside, making Houhai a gathering place of historic celebrities. Houhai has long enjoyed a good reputation as the summer retreat and a favorite playground of locals. Historical sites, lotus blossoms, teahouse, food vendors, and folk art and other kinds of booths can be found all over the area, attracting official eunuch, literati, and celebrities flood in a throng for fun and relaxation. No wonder the urban people just love hanging out in Houhai. Small bridges, lovely water, a bowl of bean milk all make a retreat to Houhai an essential Chinese experience.

Enjoy Night out to Houhai Bar Street
Beijing Houhai Area

It is not the scenic lake, boat cruise and lovely cityscapes Houhai can offer its visitors. There is more to Houhai than meets the eye. While having fun on a boat ride on Houhai Lake, you can also go for a night out to the Houhai Bar Street for fun. The Houhai Bar Street is lined with a wide variety of themed bars and pubs housed in traditional houses in Beijing. The bars and pubs as well as clubs make a night out to Houhai worthwhile and fun. You can enjoy some lovely time retreating to a bar for drinking, sightseeing by the lakeside or just kick back by the shore. Most importantly, the views at Houhai do look its best at night, which makes a night out here even more meaningful.

Overall, retreating to Houhai during summer days is a good bet to kick back and relax!

Summer Fruits Picking in Beijing

As we all know, autumn season is a golden period when all the harvests dropped. However, for the coming summer holiday, there are also many precious places housing luxuriant fruits for tasting and picking. Fruits picking could satisfy your desire of getting rid of the hot summer and fulfill your farm experience! Taking your stomach and hottest interests, let us walk into the harvest area of Beijing.

Grapes Picking in Daxing District
Grapes Picking

When the summer comes, we could see all kinds of grapes ranking in the markets, shopping centers and street peddler. We always regarded the grapes as the eyeball of people, because of its clear and crystal features. When summer comes, Daxing District will be full of thousands of tourists roaming in the grape garden. Once entry into the grape garden, various, all kinds of big purple dazzling grapes appeared into your vision and conquered your stomach. You could not help to pick one and foist into your mouth. Typical sweetness and fragrance flavor flow into your body and eliminate your summer heat. Picking together with your friends and families will be more exciting. Experience the unique happiness of farm land, your summer holiday will be perfect! These grapes are not the common. In the world, they enjoyed high fame and divided into different classes. So, coming here, you have the right to choose which one would fulfill your stomach.

Watermelon Picking
Watermelon Picking

Watermelon plays a very important role in the summer. Now, the most famous place for watermelon picking will be the Panggezhuang in Daxing County. Covering a large scale area, various watermelons are reaching their utmost fruits, big shape and clear texture. Mixing into the leisurely watermelon garden, picking one watermelon, it will be another spirit of enjoyment. They not only seize the first in the shape but also enjoy high fame in the tastes with unique fragrance. Before your picking, you should get some information how to understand their quality. Local farmer will tell you about their features and colors and texture. Finally, you successfully picked one and shared it with your friends. Taking your kids to experience the farm life is very meaningful experience for their summer holiday.

If you are still boring about your summer holiday, follow us and have a terrific fruits picking holiday!

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!

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