5 cute date spots in Beijing

Where to seal that kiss this Valentine's Day

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, take your date to one of these more romantic spots that the city has to offer.
Meander through Beihai Park

Meander through Beihai Park

It's beautiful, it's not too busy, and there's plenty of activities to woo your boo with nearby. Take a walk around Beihai along the lake and its droopy willows. Start from the northeast side and head towards the southern exit to move away from popular to sparser spots, until you end up with striking views by the lake to your left.

Go ice skating at the Summer Palace

Go ice skating at the Summer Palace

Show your partner how supportive you are by literally supporting them on the ice at one of Beijing's magnificent outdoor ice rinks. There are plenty to choose from, but the frozen lake at the Summer Palace feels particularly romantic, and is a scenic getaway from the busyness of central Beijing.

Watch the sun set at Jingshan Park

Watch the sun set at Jingshan Park

Climb to the top of Jingshan just before sunset, then watch over and sigh at the delight that is the hill's pretty much bird's eye view of the Forbidden City.

Once the sun's down, saunter back down the hill and ask for a dance, along with the ol' grannies and grandpas. Very cute.

Warm up with some toasty roast chestnuts

Warm up with some toasty roast chestnuts

This date is all about creating opportunities to cuddle up close and share. And make sure you go on an empty stomach for maximum effect.

No better excuse to cuddle up close than queuing up in line for piping hot chestnuts at Qiu Li Xiang (秋栗香). And a great heck of a line there will be if you want to be there at a reasonable hour. After you get your paper bag of scrumptious nuts to share – make sure it is to share – offer to show your date how to crack em' open the clever way (quickly read the packet first).

Afterwards, head diagonally across the street and show off your knowledge of old Beijing food at Huguosi (护国寺), where sweet snacks, noodles, yogurt and baked confections sit waiting galore.

Have a date with history at the tomb of Matteo Ricci

Have a date with history at the tomb of Matteo Ricci

Beijing Administrative College may sound like somewhere your great aunt hangs out, but don't judge a book by its cover, or you'll miss out on one of the best spots in Beijing. And also, don't judge it by the fact there's a cemetery on this campus (all the best places have one) – it's obviously there because no one ever wants to leave.
Behind a nondescript looking building, in the midst of much tranquility, China's first Jesuit missionary, Italian priest Matteo Ricci (1552-1610), lies at rest in an intimate but gorgeously ornate tomb.

After impressing your date with art history knowledge about the tomb (the architecture is classically Chinese with a European twist: in the Latin inscriptions and Western rose motifs that adorn the doorway under traditional dragon carvings), walk around the greenery and admire the ground's semi-European buildings.

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