Yuyuantan Park (玉渊潭公园)

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10 Xisanhuan Zhong Lu

Compared to its easterly neighbours, the city’s westside might not get the same level of love from visitors, foreign residents or even us (hands up!), but sometimes – just sometimes – trips to the wild west are well worth it. Haidian’s masterfully crafted Yuyuantan Park, one of the city’s biggest, is one such worthy destination, endowed with a mighty fine and mighty wide central lake and lush greenery. It’s also surrounded by a host of noteworthy monuments, including the spindly Central Radio & TV Tower, the imposing Military Museum and the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse.


Best spot Not so much best spot as best time here – since a heavily tree-focused renovation in the early '90s, it’s become a picturesque hotspot for leaf-spotters, with a fabulous autumn palette and a sakura population that would make Japanese cherry blossom blush – a trip here in spring may make you wonder why anyone forks out thousands for a trip across the water, when Beijing’s home to such a beautiful spot of its own.

Venue name: Yuyuantan Park (玉渊潭公园)
Contact:
Opening hours: Open 6am-8.30pm (Apr-May, Sep-Oct); 6am-9.30pm (Jun-Aug); 6.30am-7pm (Nov-Mar)
Admission: 2RMB; 10RMB (during sakura blossom)
English address: 10 Xisanhuan Zhong Lu, Haidian district
Chinese address: 北京市海淀区西三环中路10号

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