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“Nice, but nothing special though” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ritan Park (Ritan Gongyuan)

Ritan Park (Ritan Gongyuan)
Ranked #54 of 1,603 things to do in Beijing
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Built in 1530, this is one of the oldest parks in Beijing that once served as an altar site where the emperor made sacrificial offerings to the sun god.
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“Nice, but nothing special though”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014

A nice , peaceful place, nothing spectacular. Lots of people dancing, singing or even playing violin.

Visited May 2014
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“A nice quiet retreat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2014 via mobile

A nice peaceful place in the city. Nice walk watching people singing dancing and with a great scenery

Visited March 2014
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“Great park for jogging (among other activities)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2013

Like in many big cities, it can be difficult in Beijing to find jogging routes where you're not dodging traffic and waiting seemingly endlessly to cross streets. Ritan Park provides an excellent venue for running, jogging, and walking in a scenic urban oasis among trees, bushes, flowers, ponds, and well-manicured grass.

Ritan Park is very convenient to the St. Regis Hotel and the Diplomatic Residence Compound. There is a paved running/ walking path around the circumference of the park. I'd estimate each lap around is about 0.7 or 0.8 mile (or a little over 1 km). The pavement is primarily brick, but the bricks are laid flat and flush so there is little tripping hazard. The terrain is completely flat; the most elevation you'll encounter is an ornamental bridge near the southwest end of the park.

Most of the people on the path will be walking. Fortunately there seems to be an unwritten rule that the path is to be walked or run upon in a counterclockwise fashion, You can generally weave your way among the walkers easily, without having to vary your pace, but perhaps once per lap you may have to break your rhythm. But it beats playing real-life "Frogger" if you try jogging along the streets of Beijing.

While running, you can enjoy taking in the many sites of the park and the activities of its visitors. You'll see people engaged in such activities as tai chi, badminton, dancing, photography, playing on the playgrounds, calligraphy (using water on the pavement to create ephemeral works of art), and many others.

The U.S. television Program "Sunday Morning" on the CBS Television Network did a story about Ritan Park on its November 10, 2013 edition that you can search for and watch online if you're interested (I won't post URL here because I am not sure if that violates this site's terms & conditions).

I last visited in November 2013 but the pictures attached are from a July 2012 visit.

Visited November 2013
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Montclair, New Jersey
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“An urban oasis”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

The park is a wonderful place to go when you want to escape the noise and traffic of Beijing and to relax and stroll away a couple of hours. Families, musicians, kite flyers, fishermen, old trees, older rocks, you get the picture. I visited in the autumn but I understand there's a large swimming pool for those hot, dusty summer days. You won't regret the time you spend here.

Visited October 2013
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Redmond, Washington
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“Peace and solitude in a chaotic city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2013

My wife, two daughters (ages 7 & 10) and I decided to head over to Ritan Park on a hot summer day in August, and we sure are glad we did.

My youngest daughter wasn’t feeling very well, and we didn’t want to go too far, but we wanted to get out of the hotel. We were staying fairly at the Fairmont, so the taxi ride over was about 10 minutes long. You pass through the embassy district which was interesting in itself, lots of tall, leafy green trees with buildings with tall fences with barbed wire.

At one point in time there was an entrance fee to this park, but there is no longer one which was fine with us. Good way to save a little bit of money as the entrance fees add up pretty quick. The park itself is fairly small and manageable, immediately upon entering you see small bodies of water and trees, it very calming and relaxing particularly after experiencing frantic Beijing. During our wanderings, we noticed there are a lot of families, particularly foreigners who bring their kids to enjoy the park. It certainly didn’t feel like a tourist trap which is exactly the vibe we were looking for.

There is a small hill with a pagoda on top which gives you a decent view of your surroundings, to the north we spotted a bunch of buildings with Cyrillic script which we later confirmed is part of a Russian district in Beijing. It was really hot up there, so we made our way down to the little lake where there are paths that take you into and out of some interesting stone formations.

After an hour of exploring we found a little house which sold ice cream, soda, coffee, tea, etc. We sat inside in an air conditioned room which was great as we were all pretty tired and sweaty. The woman running the place was very friendly and she took good care of us. We bought cold sodas and ice cream and sat there for about a half an hour.

Refreshed, we ventured back out into the heat and came across the little amusement park which was a little depressing. The rides were pretty old, very few people, didn’t look like much fun. We watched a couple people fish in a little pond right by the rides (they didn’t catch anything), and then we went back to the south gate and caught a taxi back to the hotel.

Ritan Park is a great place to spend a couple of hours away from the hustle and bustle of Beijing…for free! If you have time to spare, please check it out!

Visited August 2013
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