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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.
Beijing, China
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“Green island next to business district”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

This is a relatively small but nicely laid out park only few 10 min away from CBD. The park has few traditional pavilions around the lake and a rockery. You can actually walk along the rockery and go to the man made caves but need to wear comfy shoes. Water lilies bloom in July so highly recommend as the pink huge lilies are beautiful.

We used children playground in the winter. A bit ran down. Need to pay for all the rides and it gets quite noisy as all rides have various music blasting simultaneously. Kids had fun anyway.

If you are visiting Beijing for few days, you don't need to spend your time here. But if you leave in Beijing and want to visit a park, I would recommend.

Visited June 2014
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“Good respite from the summer sun”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2014

This is a nice park but it is hard to see why it would be rated as a "must-see" feature of Beijing. Perhaps its position in the middle of lots of concrete and chaos makes it a good place to escape. It is certainly very scenic with lots of mature trees offering shade. Maybe sunsets are (were?) spectacular but one has to be lucky to see the sun in Beijing when it gets close to the horizon these days. It may be a great place for the locals but if you leave Beijing without seeing this park, you can still sleep well. Still, it is a nice place and it is free so, if you have time, go check it out.

Visited June 2014
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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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Perth, Australia
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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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