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“A Piece of Peacefulness ”
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Ditan Park
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Beijing Walking Tour: History of Chinese Thought...
Ranked #106 of 1,566 things to do in Beijing
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 26 December 2017 via mobile

Beijing is such a loud city, and it was hard to find a piece of peacefulness. The temple of earth offered a place of quietness and all.

My husband and I came after Christmas day, and it was just like a normal day in Beijing - with the senior group exercising and practicing Tai-Chi. There was almost no young people in the morning (maybe it was too cold to be out or may it was just a workday so the working group was at work), we enjoyed having the park to ourselves.

The admission is 2 Chinese dollars (About US$0.5), and there is an another small fee (5 Chinese dollars - About US$1) to enter the alter. I highly recommend one to pay the extra fee and visit the alter - back in the Ming and Wing dynasties, the emperors came to pray to the God(s) of earth, asking for a prosperous year. The park has basic introduction of the ceremony and sacrifice that were provided back in time. During the Chinese New Year, ceremonies are put on as shows for Chinese people and all to see. Histories never to be forgot :)

Recommend time to spend - 1 hour to 90 minutes.

There are many food places nearby. Highly recommend this Peking Duck place called “Si Jee Min Foo” roast duck. Exit the park through it’s West entrance, and bus 119, which leaves right outside the exit, takes one directly to the restaurant. Get on bus 119 and takes off at He-Ping-Li Xi Jie and ask for the it, people will direct you :)

Thank Rachelle W
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Reviewed 1 December 2017

Very much off-season, on a weekday afternoon. Lovely walk along tree-lined paths. A nice introduction to Beijing for me before taking on the major sights. Enjoyed seeing older citizens playing croquet and others exercising. Fall colors past their prime but still enjoyable. The Temple of Earth is within the park and worth the small additional admission.

Thank Andrew E
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Reviewed 4 November 2017 via mobile

I got here at 6.30am. Easy to find and only 2¥ to enter. Up in the far north corner is an adults playground. Go join in with the elderly doing their morning exercises. Nimble, fit folk! Others are busy playing croquet, a version of soccer and tai chi. Here and Temple of Heaven are my favourite spots to retreat to.

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Reviewed 23 September 2017 via mobile

We went here as it's near our hotel. Entry is very cheap only 2 yuan. It was a really lovely and pleasant walk, we went on a late afternoon on a Saturday. The park was peaceful and despite the large number of people and children relatively quiet. The most interesting aspect aspect of the park for me wasn't the temple of the earth which is quite unassuming but the lovely traditional Chinese gardens and water features. The sight of people practicing tai chi also adds to the ambience of the park. My most favourite experience in this park though was coming to a courtyard, I believe it was of Chinese medicine, and seeing elderly people practice their instruments. The sound of classical music filling the air was truly magical and it was really nice to see old and young both enjoying the park peacefully side by side. I also had a really nice conversation with a friendly old Chinese man who spoke very good English and he was very welcoming and played us some songs on his violin for us. The park is also incredibly clean and well maintained, this experience really enforced the idea in my mind of how much we in the west could learn from the way the Chinese do things. This for me was the ideal park and serves the function of what a park actually should be for. I'd highly recommend this place if you are in the local area and have an hour to spare or want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city streets and experience something more local and authentic.

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Reviewed 28 March 2017

Ditan Park is a 40 acre square of towering pine and cyprus trees. Ditan is the Temple of Earth and complements the Temple of Heaven in the South. Popular among locals for morning exercises like tai-chi, dancing and sword play, this is a nice place to spend some quiet time under the giant trees. The park is open 24 hours a day, all year round with a small entrance fee of RMB2.

Thank nellielim
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