Longtan Lake Park is just a local park in Beijing. It lies at the southeast inner corner of the 2nd Ring Road, next to the old city moat to its east and south sides.
“Longtan” literally means “Dragon Pool”, that refers to the three lakes in the park – the East Lake, the Mid Lake and the West Lake.
But today when we talk about the Longtan Lake Park, we often refer to the East Lake Park which is cut off from the Mid Lake and the West Lake by Zuoanmen Inner Street running through the park from north to south. The Mid Lake has been built into the earliest amusement park known as Beijing Amusement Park.
Longtan Lake Park may be not that famous as Beihai Park and Jingshan Park, but it is a peaceful and non-tourist place with all the classical elements of a Chinese park. It features rock gardens, dragon boats, moon bridges, gorgeous Chinese architectures and beautiful landscapes.
The northeast Longtan Lake Park mainly consists of one lake and peninsula that are circled by the stone paved paths and Chinese-style gardens and pavilions, a lovely place for an early morning stroll.
Every year Longtan Lake Park Temple Fair will be held in the park. As a temple fair in Beijing, Longtan Lake Park Temple Fair has many activities – special local food and snacks, plentiful products of arts and crafts, some interesting games.
The entrance fee is only RMB2, which allows you to have one or hours’s stroll and keep from the hustle and bustle of the Beijing.
Follow me to have an early morning walk along the lake banks in th park. The north entrance to the Longtan Lake Park ( east part )
A moon bridge links the circular patheway with the mid-lake in th park. The green belt and stone paved pathway circles the lake.
Pedals and electric boats. pedals priced at RMB 40 and electric boats at RMB80 each hour.
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