Tucked between high-rise
buildings and busy roads
you can find a bunch
of calm and quiet dog-friendly
For scenery and shade, it
doesn't get much better
than a riverside stroll.
Dog walker favourites
Chaoyang Park) and Bahe
plenty of space on their
waterside paths and leafy
knolls for dogs to explore. For a spot of sightseeing, the courtyard between the Drum and Bell Towers, and the adjacent tree-lined paths, make a good pow-wow point for you and your pooch.
While, at least officially,
the majority of city
parks are strictly off limits to man's
best friend (sad face), there are still
a few pro-dog parks. For Sanlitun
dwellers, the unofficial, unnamed
small park on the northwest corner
of the Workers’ Stadium (near the
Workers' Gymnasium) is a sweet spot
for dogs to play and mingle with their
compatriots. By the Fourth Ring Road,
Taiyanggong Sports and Leisure Park
(just next to Taiyanggong Park) will let
dogs inside and has a plenty of space
for exploration. Alternatively, out by
the Sixth Ring Road, Tongzhou Grand
Canal Park is a safe option and perfect for a longer walk. Running along the
canal, it’s one of Beijing’s largest city
parks and has a 4.6km path for your dog
to sniff along.
Doggie day trips
Rent a car, pack a picnic and head a
couple of hours north out of the city
centre to Yunmengshan National
Forest Park (Huairou district). Home
to a 2,200 acre forest, streams,
waterfalls and more, this scenic spot
is perfect for the whole family. Pure.
Getting around town with your pet
With subways, buses and most taxis off limits, getting
around in Beijing with a furry friend needs a bit of
planning. Provided you give the driver notice, many
Didi Dache drivers are happy to let your pet hop on
board for a few extra kuai – just keep them safe and
sound in their travel carriers to avoid any mishaps,
which could result in a 500RMB fine.
When it’s a little bit of luxury you’re looking for you’ll
need Gou Gou Zhuanche (狗狗专车). Specialising
in luxury pet travel, Gou Gou Zhuanche works in the
same ways as Uber and Didi, but specifically designed
for dogs. Got things to do, people to see? No biggie.
Dogs can fly solo – with a human at either end of the
journey to take care of them – for an extra 10RMB. Gou
Gou Zhuanche can also arrange national air travel for
your canine pal (including a pre-flight health check),
training, kennels and more.
For a full list of services,
visit dogbus.com or follow Gou Gou Zhuanche on
WeChat (ID ‘gougouzhuanche’).