Billed as the oldest imperial garden in the world, Beihai Park is often neglected by first time visitors to Beijing who would flock to the neighbouring Forbidden City. Before you glamorously start to visit Forbidden City, it is worthwhile for you to have a one-hour loop stroll around Beihai Park on your Beijing tour, viewing the magnificent architectures and Chinese landscaping layout and immersing yourself in the artistic and religious atmosphere.
A morning stroll around this lake park, in particular, allows you to touch the grass-root life of the local Beijing people. Those local early risers, mostly seniors are spontaneously organized into different morning exercise groups – practising swords, Taiji, singing, dancing, reading newspapers, writing on the ground with water brushes and so, an authentic way of routine life for the common people.
People are socially connected through the activities carried out daily in the parks like this. That’s why you find little possibility of local people suffering from cabin fever here.
The spontaneous activities of this kind do help a lot alleviating the burden on the part of the governments at all levels in terms of social stability.
People get together, practising, gossiping, singing and dancing, a healthy outlet to keep them balanced physically and psychologically. Come and you may join them extending your legs and your minds.
Tip: Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours, here are some options for Beijing guided tours:
Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites
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