5 Ways to Enjoy a Wonderful Weekend in Beijing2016-07-14 10:15:59Share:
The sun is shining. You're studying abroad in Beijing. How do you make the most of the weekend ahead? Our local staff got a few suggestions!
TAKE A BOAT RIDE
What better way to feel refreshed on a hot Summer's day while you're studying abroad in China than by heading out in a boat on one of Beijing's lakes? There are popular boating facilities at Yuyuantan Park as well as on the lake at the Summer Palace's Kunming Lake. A group of three or four friends sharing a small peddle or rowing boat is the best option. Book yourself an hour or two and relax on the water.
GET CLOSE TO NATURE
Not far from campus where CAPA Beijing students study, there are a few lovely parks where you can enjoy the great outdoors. Go for a relaxing stroll where much appreciated shade is provided by the trees. Listen to the sound of lapping water and admire some of the beautiful lotus flowers in bloom. You can also hear the birds singing and feel close to nature despite being in the middle of a global city. The two near CAPA are Yuyuantan Park or Zizhuyuan Park (Purple Bamboo Park), but there are many others around the city as well.
VISIT THE SUMMER PALACE
There is never a bad time to visit the Summer Palace. Since so much of it is located outdoors, a nice sunny day always helps. Refresh with a coffee part way through at the cafe that used to be a Starbucks. Then, on your way out, relax in the tree-lined Imperial Garden at the back of the Palace. This area used to be used by the Imperial family to sip tea, play chess, meditate and generally relax. Feel free to do the same.
GO FOR A HIKE
No need to exert yourself for a full on grueling hike on such a hot day, but when the sun comes out, it's a great time for a gentle walk to take in a nice view and spend some time in the great outdoors. Consider heading out to Fenghuangling (Phoenix Mountain) Nature Park in the Haidian District. This scenic area is nicknamed "the lung of Beijing City" and it is an excellent choice if you're looking for a place to take in a breath of fresh air.
EXPLORE THE OUTSKITRS OF THE CITY
If being in the hectic city is a bit overwhelming in the heat, then take advantage of a sunny day to leave the center of Beijing and get to know the Western Hills area. Take subway line 4 and transfer to bus 630, It's an hour journey, but once you're there you can stroll off of the beaten path, past farms, streams, little used single track railway lines and countryside, take in some fresh air and leave the city sounds and smells behind.
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