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Taoranting Park in Beijing

Saturday, August 11th, 2018
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Plan your Beijing tour? Aside from so-called highlights in Beijing, it is advisable to add a common local park into your travel schedule to get a real feel of the local life. Taoranting Park is highly recommended. Taoranting Park (陶然亭公园)takes its name from a pavilion in the park known as “Taoran Pavilion” which is pronounced “Taoranting” in Chinese. “Taoran” literally means “Joyful” in Chinese.

Taoran Pavilion was originally built in Kangxi 34th year (1695), Qing Dynasty (1368 – 1644). The construction of the pavilion was overseen by Jiang Zao (江藻), who supervised a kiln workshop in the north of Today’s park. He had the pavilion built on the west side of the Cibei Nunnery, the oldest building in the park which was built in Yuan Dynasty ( 1271 – 1368 ). He named the pavilion “Taoran” from a line of words in a poem by the Tang Dynasty poet Bai Juyi, “When the chrysanthemums are yellow and home-made wine is well done, I’ll drink with you and be joyful.”(更待菊黄家酿熟,与君一醉一陶然).

The modern Taoranting Park was revamped in 1952, the first modern park in Beijing. The park now takes a total area of 59 acres and the water area has 17 acres. Taoranting Park is centered on the Taoranting Pavilion on the Huxindao (Mid-Lake Isle) which is linked to the surrounding banks by three hump bridges.

The three arch bridges cut the lake into three parts – East Lake, West Lake and South Lake. Unlike Summer Palace, Beihai Park, Ditan Park, Taoranting Park has no luster of imperial elements and it is well known for its pristine and natural landscape – pavilions, ponds, lakes, hills, gardens and historical sites. In 2002, Taoranting Park was listed as an AAAA scenic area approved by China National Tourism Administration.

Taoranting Park is famous for its wide spectrum of Chinese style pavilions with a total of 36. Some of the pavilions are self-designed, some are moved here elsewhere and other are replicas from the famous gardens in other cities like Hangzhou, Suzhou Wuxi and etc in the southern China. The park has a strong characteristics of Chinese traditional gardening and modern arts. It is popular with residents and visitors for morning exercises, walking and boating for a family outing.

Taoranting Park Add:
19 Taiping Street, Xicheng District, Beijing
Just to the north of Beijing South Railway Station (across the second ring road and north of the city moat)
Tel: 010-63532385
Entrance fee (Park): RMB 2
Opening Hours: 06:00 – 9:00pm
Cibei Nunnery and Taoran Pavilion: RMB 4 ( 9:00am – 5:00pm)
Get to Taoranting Park by Subway
Take subway line 4 and get off at the station of Taoranting ( 陶然亭 ) and exit from Exit C and walk eastwards along Taoran Road for over 600m, you will see the north gate to Taoranting Park on your right side.

Follow me to have a glimpse of the pretty park. I pefer to walk around the park in the early morning to feel the atmosphere featuring the lively morning exercises. I enter the park by its east gate, the main entrance to Taoranting Park. It is a beautiful morning, blue sky and white clouds.

The East Gate, the main entracnce to Taoranting Park

The East Gate, the main entracnce to Taoranting Park

After you enter the east gate, you will find a large signboard posted with the map of Taoranting Park. The map vividly shows you the location of the sites in the park. Basically, people would make a loop travel route around the banks in the park no matter from which gate you enter the park.

In some important places ( mostly the four corners in the park), there stand some direction signs telling people where you are and the locations of the nearby sights.

there stand some direction signs telling people where you are and the locations

there stand some direction signs telling people where you are and the locations

The early morning finds the park turned into a huge playground for seniors to do exercise, practicing Tai Chi, dancing, playing badminton…

A spectacular pailou, a Chinese traditional archway.

A spectacular pailou, a Chinese traditonal archway.

A spectacular pailou, a Chinese traditonal archway.

The Xiehu Bridge connects the Mid-Lake Isle with the bank. The Bridge cuts the lake into East Lake and West Lake.
The Xiehu Bridge connects the Mid-Lake Isle with the bank.

The Xiehu Bridge connects the Mid-Lake Isle with the bank.

In the northwest corner of the West Lake lie two yellow-eaved pavilions – Chenghuai Pavilion and Zhijin Pavilion.
Chenghuai Pavilion and Zhijin Pavilion.

Chenghuai Pavilion and Zhijin Pavilion.

Have a close look at the two two yellow-eaved pavilions – Chenghuai Pavilion and Zhijin Pavilion
 The pleasure boat dock in the west lake.
The pleasure boat dock in the west lake.

The pleasure boat dock in the west lake.

Taoranting Park boast green trees and beautiful gardening.
Taoranting Park boast green trees and beautiful gardening.

Taoranting Park boast green trees and beautiful gardening.

By the west gate to Taoran Park is the Chinese Rose Garden
By the west gate to Taoran Park is the Chinese Rose Garden

By the west gate to Taoran Park is the Chinese Rose Garden

This is the Immerse-in Moonbeam Pavilion.
This is the Immerse-in Moonbeam Pavilion

This is the Immerse-in Moonbeam Pavilion

Leisure fishing in the lake
Leisure fishing in the lake

Leisure fishing in the lake

This is Bai Po Pavilion.
This is Bai Po Pavilion.

This is Bai Po Pavilion.

This is Cloud Painting Tower and Clear Sound Pavilion.
This is Cloud Painting Tower and Clear Sound Pavilion.

This is Cloud Painting Tower and Clear Sound Pavilion.

The Yunan Bridge connects the bank with the Mid-Lake Isle.
The Yunan Bridge connects the bank with the Mi-Lake Isle.

The Yunan Bridge connects the bank with the Mi-Lake Isle.

Taoranting Park has several areas for viewing the blooming lotus flowers.

The Taoran Pavilion and Cibei Nunnery are located in the southwest corner in the Mid-Lake Isle. The sight is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm.Entrance fee: RMB 4

The Taoran Pavilion and Cibei Nunnery are located in the southwest corner in the Mid-Lake Isle

The Taoran Pavilion and Cibei Nunnery are located in the southwest corner in the Mid-Lake Isle

 

Aiwan Pavilion
Aiwan Pavilion

Aiwan Pavilion

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 guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Dinner & Night Boat Tour. from US$ 59P/P

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


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

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

For any questions, just drop a line.

Morning Stroll around Ritan Park

Thursday, August 9th, 2018
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Ritan Park stands out from the numerous public parks in Beijing. “Ritan” literally means “Altar for the Sun” or “Temple of the Sun”, a place for ritual sacrifice to the Sun by the successive emperors in Ming and Qing dynasties. Besides “Temple of the Sun”, in Beijing we have Temple of Heaven, Temple of the Earth and Temple of the Moon.

The original altar was built in 1530 during the late Ming Dynasty. The altar faces west and it is a square base made from white stone with its surface glazed red symbolising the sun. In Qing Dynasty it was rebuilt in bricks with nines steps in its four directions – east, south, west and north, which was surrounded by a red-colored wall with glazed tiles.

The present altar was built in 1951 accordance with its original form in Qing Dynasty. For the same year, a public park was built with the Sun Altar in the center.

Ritan Park is located in the heart of the embassy area in Beijing. Now Ritan Park is a peaceful and serene respite from the bustle of Beijing. If you are planning your Beijing tour, spending one or two hours in the park is a pleasant escape from so called classic attractions in Beijing for an appealing opportunity to feel and touch the daily life for the common people in Beijing.

A morning stroll around Ritan Park will reward you with a chance to mix with the locals. Ritan Park is like a family park where men and women do all sorts of exercises – practicing Tai Chi, dancing and singing, playing music, playing badminton, jogging, walking, meditating…on and on. It is also a green park with many benches, an oasis in the city of Beijing. In a word, Ritan Park is a place where you just slow down and recharge.

Ritan Park has three major entrances, namely, south, north and west with its southern gate close to the Chang’an Avenue. Take subway line 1 and get off at the stationg of Yonganli, then walk for about 1.4km, you will reach the southern entrance to Ritan Park.

The park is free of charge and open 24 hours a day. Its address: 6 Ritan Beilu, Chaoyang District, Beijing ( tel: 85611389 ). This is the southern entrance to Ritan Park.

This is the southern entrance to Ritan Park.

This is the southern entrance to Ritan Park.


Just follow me along the central axis towards the north entrance to the park. In the park here and you there you could see the wooden signboards pointing to the places in the park.
you could see the wooden signboards poining to the places in the park.

you could see the wooden signboards pointing to the places in the park.

There is a central road north of the southern gate where you will see plentiful people doing morning exercises, practicing Tai Chi and so on.
you will see plentiful people doing morning exercises

you will see plentiful people doing morning exercises

This is the mural on the ritual sacrifice to the Sun
This is the mural on the ritual sacrifice to the Sun

This is the mural on the ritual sacrifice to the Sun

Behind the mural or to the northeast of the mural is the circular mound altar. This is the north gate to the walled Sun Altar.
This is the north gate to the walled Sun Altar.

This is the north gate to the walled Sun Altar.

In an area to the east of the Sun Altar, the local Beijingers and foreigners as well do morning exercises, stretching their bodies…
the local Beijingers and foreigners as well do morning exercises, stretching their bodies

the local Beijingers and foreigners as well do morning exercises, stretching their bodies

Located in the east outside the north gate to the Sun Altar are the Divine Warehouse and Divine Kitchen within a square courtyard. There are three rooms used for Divine Warehouse facing west where memorial tablets of Ming Dynasty is placed while three rooms facing south used for Divine Kitchen where offerings are stored and processed.
the Divine Warehouse and Divine Kitchen within a square courtyards

the Divine Warehouse and Divine Kitchen within a square courtyards

To the west of the Divine Warehouse and Divine Kitchen is a garden with pretty wooden benches
To the west of the Divine Warehouse and Divine Kitchen is a garden with pretty wooden benches

To the west of the Divine Warehouse and Divine Kitchen is a garden with pretty wooden benches

Just slow down and recharge.
Just slow down and recharge.

Just slow down and recharge.

This building with red wall and glazed tiles is the famous restaurant known as Xiao Wang’s Home Restaurant that offers unique Chinese food.
Xiao Wang's Home Restaurant that offers unique Chinese food

Xiao Wang’s Home Restaurant that offers unique Chinese food

North of the Divine Warehouse and Divine Kitchen is a decent and clean toilet in the traditional style.
North of the Divine Warehouse and Divine Kitchen is a decent and clean toilet in the traditional style.

North of the Divine Warehouse and Divine Kitchen is a decent and clean toilet in the traditional style.

Outside the north gate to Ritan Park and most of the early risers are retired senior citizens.
Outside the north gate to Ritan Park and most of the early risers are retired senior citizens.

Outside the north gate to Ritan Park and most of the early risers are retired senior citizens.

An old man is practicing Chinese calligraphy by writing Chinese characters on the ground with a large brush using water instead of ink
An old man is practicing Chinese caligraphy by writing Chinese characters on the ground with a large brush using water instead of ink

An old man is practicing Chinese calligraphy by writing Chinese characters on the ground with a large brush using water instead of ink

Follow me and enter the park again through its north gate and to the southeast of the north gate is the Bell Tower that is still under reconstruction at the time of my writing.
the Bell Tower that is still under reconstruction at the time of my writing.

the Bell Tower that is still under reconstruction at the time of my writing.

The Dressing Hall is also under reconstruction at the time of my writing.
The Dressing Hall is also under reconstruction at the time of my writing.

The Dressing Hall is also under reconstruction at the time of my writing.

Playing badminton by the side of the Sun Altar Museum in the west of the park.
Playing badminton by the side of the Sun Altar Museum

Playing badminton by the side of the Sun Altar Museum

This is the Heavenly West Gate where the emperors in Ming and Qing dynasties entered and exited when they walked from the Heavenly West Gate along the sacred way to the Sun Altar for worshipping the god of the Sun.
he Heavenly West Gate where the emperors in Ming and Qing dynasties entered and exited

he Heavenly West Gate where the emperors in Ming and Qing dynasties entered and exited

This is the Sacred Way where the emperors walked to the Sun Altar.
This is the Sacred Way where the emperors walked to the Sun Altar.

This is the Sacred Way where the emperors walked to the Sun Altar.

On the west of the Heavenly West Gate people are dancing for morning exercises.
To the west of the Heavenly West Gate people are dancing for morning exercises

To the west of the Heavenly West Gate people are dancing for morning exercises

The sacred way between the Heavenly West Gate to the west gates of the Sun Altar is filled with people who are seeking “Happiness through exercising”.
The sacred way between the Heavenly West Gate to the west gates of the Sun Altar is filled with people who are seeking Happiness through exercising.

The sacred way between the Heavenly West Gate to the west gates of the Sun Altar is filled with people who are seeking Happiness through exercising.

Walking along the sacred way, you soon get to the west gates to the Sun Altar. So on its west, the Sun Altar has three Tianxing Gates.
the west gates to the Sun Altar

the west gates to the Sun Altar

Dancing to the music played from a music recorder
Dancing to the music played from a music recorder

Dancing to the music played from a music recorder

Never too old to play badminton
Never too old to play badminton

Never too old to play badminton

This is the Qinghui Pavilion on the rockeries, the high point in the park where you are able to have a good view of the surrounding buildings.
This is the Qinghui Pavilion, the high point in the park where you are able to have a good view of the surrounding

This is the Qinghui Pavilion, the high point in the park where you are able to have a good view of the surrounding

Below the pavilion is the waterscape in the park dotted with rockeries and lotus leaves
Below the pavilion is the waterscape in the park dotted with rockeries and water ponds

Below the pavilion is the waterscape in the park dotted with rockeries and water ponds

The Stone Boat Cafe where you can enjoy a cup of tea or drink beer and watch the world going by
The Stone Boat Cafe where you can enjoy a cup of tea or drink beer and watch the world going by

The Stone Boat Cafe where you can enjoy a cup of tea or drink beer and watch the world going by

The pond is teemed with lotus leaves dotted with lotus flowers
The pond is filled with lotus leaves dotted with lotus flowers

The pond is filled with lotus leaves dotted with lotus flowers

Actually, we’ve made a loop walk back to the south gate to the park. The rows of trees are to the northeast of the south gate.
To the northeast of the South gate to the park is the Children’s playground.
To the northeast of the South gate to the park is the Children's plaground.

To the northeast of the South gate to the park is the Children’s playground.

Ballroom dance
Practice tai Chi

Practice tai Chi

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 guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Dinner & Night Boat Tour. from US$ 59P/P

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


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

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

For any questions, just drop a line.

How to Visit Ditan Park

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018
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Beijing has five royal altars left from Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 – 1911) including Tiantan ( the Altar for the Heaven, also knowns as the Temple of Heaven), Ditan ( the Altar for the Earth, also known as the Temple of Earth), Ritan ( the Altar for the Sun, also known as the Temple of Sun), Yuetan (the Altar for the Moon, also known as the Temple of Moon) and Xiannongtan ( the Altar for Agriculture, also known as Temple of Agriculture).

Now four of the original altars have been extended and turned into public parks known as Tiantan Park (the Temple of Heaven), Ditan Park (the Temple of Earth), Ritan Park (the Temple of Sun), Yuetan Park (the Temple of Moon).

Ditan, or the Altar for the Earth and the Temple of Earth, was built in 1530 during Ming Dynasty. It was the place where the emperors in Ming and Qing Dynasties who would attend the annual summer solstice ritual of sacrifices to the earth. In 1925, the Temple of Earth was built into a park open to the public. Later the park was destroyed and discarded due to the successive wars. The park was repened to the public in April, in 1957.

Ditan Park is open 24 hours a day all year around with a small entrance of 2 Yuan. But the entrance to the inner site of the Altar costs you another 5 Yuan. Each year during the Chinese Spring Festival ( Chinese new year), a grand temple fair will be held inside Ditan Park with added up entrance fee of 10 Yuan.

Ditan Park has four entrances – South, North, East and West. Its south gate is easily reached by taking the Subway line 2 and you get off at the station of Lama Temple and exit from Exit A and walk to the north for about 300m, you will get to the southern gate to Ditan Park. We recommend that you make a circular tour of the park from the south gate, to East Gate, North Gate and exit from West Gate, or back to the southern gate.

A morning stroll around Ditan Park is very much rewarding, seeing people ( most of them are seniors ) doing all kinds of morning exercises, dancing and singing. Ditan Park is also one of the best places to view autumn leaves in the downtown Beijing when the Ginkgo trees are all yellow, blanketing the major roads in the park.

Another important occasion to come to Ditan Park is Chinese Spring Festival when a large temple fair will be held here annually, attracting huge crowds of visitors. There will a plenty of vendors selling all kinds of stuff, food, entertainment, and games.

Morning Stroll around Ditan Park
First, follow me for a relaxing stroll around Ditan Park in the morning. This time I enter Ditan Park through its west gate instead of its south gate. What allures you is the grand pailou outside the west gate. Pailou, also known as Paifang, is a traditional Chinese architectural form like an archway.

Pailou ( Paifang ) is a traditional Chinese architectural form like an archway.

Pailou is a traditional Chinese architectural form like an archway.

Pailou is a traditional Chinese architectural form like an archway.

 Then walk from the decorated pailou to the west entrance, a 200m some walking with its pathway covered by the dense trees. Actually there are two west gates – one 3-arch gate and another one arch gate both with green glazed tiles and re-colored wall. The ticking office is set by the inner west gate, a one-arch gate.

After entering the west gate, walk to the north, soon you will see a square red wall which houses the Palace Fasting where emperors would fast before they went to the Altar for sacrificial ritual.

the Palace Fasting where emperors would fast

the Palace Fasting where emperors would fast

To the north of the Palace for Fasting are the Devine Horse Stable and Bell Tower.
the Devine Horse Stable

the Devine Horse Stable

The Bell Tower in Ditan Park
The Bell Tower in Ditan Park

The Bell Tower in Ditan Park


Each morning many local residents, especially senior people come to Ditan Park or the Temple of Earth for doing all kinds of exercises. This group of people are Tibetan dancing fans, dancing in front of the open space by the west gate to the Palace for Fasting.
This group of people are Tibetan dancing fans

This group of people are Tibetan dancing fans

Move on to the east from the Tibetan dancing group, I see another group of people learning Tai Chi.
I see another group of people learning Tai Chi.

I see another group of people learning Tai Chi.

Soon, I reach the wide paved road running from north to south leading to the North Gate. Many people are doing morning exercises on the road covered with high Ginkgo trees.
Many people are doing morning exercises on the road covered with high Ginkgo trees.

Many people are doing morning exercises on the road covered with high Ginkgo trees.

This is the northern gate to Ditan Park.
This is the northern gate to Ditan Park.

This is the northern gate to Ditan Park.

Let’s go on to make a loop tour of the park and move on to the east side of the north-south main road. Here you may find even more people doing Tai Chi, doing plentiful morning exercises.
Here you may find even more people doing Tai Chi

Here you may find even more people doing Tai Chi

A veteran of martial art is practicing in order to attract new students for commercial purposes.
A veteran of martial art is practicing in order to attract new students for commercial purposes.

A veteran of martial art is practicing in order to attract new students for commercial purposes.

Relying on apparatus to do exercises. Some just go to the extreme. 
Relying on apparatus to do exercises. Some just go to the extreme.

Relying on apparatus to do exercises. Some just go to the extreme.

This is the Chinese Traditional Medicine Health Cultivation Garden telling people how to keep fit and self-cultivation. The garden is located at the East gate to Ditan Park.
This is the Chinese Traditional Medicine Health Cultivation Garden

This is the Chinese Traditional Medicine Health Cultivation Garden

It is a beautiful garden immersing people into a mesmerizing environment while learning the basics of Chinese traditional medicine.

Well. let’s walk to the middle of the park – the Altar in a square pond (Fangzetan) circled by red-colored wall with yellow glazed tiles.

 Fangze Tan ( The square and moated terrace), popularly known as “the Altar” was the place where the emperors in Ming and Qing Dynasty offered sacrifices to the God of the Earth. It is locked in the early morning, so I have to peep through the wooden gate and take a picture of the Altar from a distance.

peep through the wooden gate and take a picture of the Altar from a distance.

peep through the wooden gate and take a picture of the Altar from a distance.

Old pine trees and green lawn by the Altar. I happen to take a candid photo of a cute baby escorted by his grandpa.
happen to take a candid photo of a cute baby escorted by his grandpa.

happen to take a candid photo of a cute baby escorted by his grandpa.

Now I come to the southern gate, the most popular gate of the four gates in the park. In front of the gate is the House for worshipping the Earth God. The house is also surrounded by the red-colored wall with yellow glazed tiles.
the House for Worshipping the Earth God

the House for Worshipping the Earth God

This is the exterior of the Southern Gate to Ditan Park.
This is the exterior of the Southern Gate to Ditan Park.

This is the exterior of the Southern Gate to Ditan Park.

Just outside the southern gate, you can find one of the popular Cantonese restaurants in Beijing known as Jindingxuan Restaurant. You may have a bite of the Cantonese food.
the popular Cantonese restaurants in Beijing known as Jindingxuan Restaurant.

the popular Cantonese restaurants in Beijing known as Jindingxuan Restaurant.

Fall Foliage at Ditan Park.
Beijing is at its best in autumn with blue sky, comfy sunshine and colourful leaves. The best time to see the foliage in Beijing spans about one month ranging from October 15 to November 15.

There are many places to view fall foliage in Beijing including the mountainous areas (all sections of the Great Wall) and downtown parks. Among them, Fragrant Hill is unanimously considered as the most famous place to see autumn leaves in Beijing.

If you are scared of the huge crowds of visitors at Fragrant Hill or don’t want to go to the mountains or the Great Wall outside Beijing, and would rather have a leisure time in viewing the autumn leaves in downtown Beijing, Ditan Park ( The Temple of Earth ) is definitely your best option. 

Autumn Ditan 1

Ditan 1

Ditan 1

Autumn Ditan 2
Ditan 2

Ditan 2

Autumn Ditan 3
Autumn Ditan 3

Autumn Ditan 3

Autumn Ditan 4
Autumn Ditan 4

Autumn Ditan 4

Ditan Temple Fair during the Chinese spring festival
As a foreign visitor, if you are in Beijing during the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year),  visiting a temple fair is definitely a good choice to experience the traditional  Beijing custom and Chinese culture.

Like elsewhere in the world, temple fairs (Miao Hui)originated and developed as groups of vendors did business near temples when many pilgrims came to pay tribute to the gods during traditional festivals.

Now there are over 10 major temple fairs held each year in Beijing during Chinese New Year. Most of them are in the parks, wide streets and other non-temple areas.

Though some commercialization is greatly reinventing the essence of the Beijing’s temple fairs, and old Beijing culture is becoming a smaller part of the fairs, going to a temple fair is still one of the opportunities to know something about our Spring Festival traditions: eating, shopping and entertaining.

Eating and drinking at Ditan Temple fair. Shopping at Ditan Temple Fair

Shopping at Ditan Temple Fair

Shopping at Ditan Temple Fair

Entertaining at Ditan Temple Fair
Entertaining at Ditan Temple Fair

Entertaining at Ditan Temple Fair

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 guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Dinner & Night Boat Tour. from US$ 59P/P

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


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

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

For any questions, just drop a line.