Perhaps the most successful part of the Olympic legacy (particularly in the warmer months), the mighty Olympic Forest Park is also one of the city’s biggest, which means you won’t be troubled to find a quiet green corner to set up camp. While the south entrance of this green giant is more of a hectic tourist trap than outdoor reprieve, following the trails through the park you’ll soon find an ideal spot; there’s plenty of higher-octane entertainment too, with an amusement park and pedalos available for hire. Given its relative distance from the city centre, this is one to prep for and spend a day in – the food options are pricey, and by the time you reach the park’s centre at the Fifth Ring Road, you’ll be a long way from any cold cuts and cheese outlets – a picnic without those? Oh the humanity!
Best spot The peak of Yangshan – technically a separate park adjoined to the Olympic Forest Park – offers fantastic views back towards the Bird’s Nest stadium and the city beyond.