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Beijing – Places to Visit
Jiufeng National Forest Park
Jiufeng means “vulture peak” in Chinese, and the park got its name because its two peaks are just like two vultures soaring while seen from a distance. Jiufeng National Forest Park is currently a popular science activity base for teenagers, and in history, Jiufeng was one of the seventy-two barracks of the Liao Dynasty.
Beijing World Park
Beijing World Park is a miniature of the world with the five continents represented and located inside following the patterns of how they exist on earth. Here you can see 109 world-famous attractions from 40 countries.
West of the Forbidden City and Jingshan Park is Beihai Park. Beihai Park is one of the oldest, largest, and best-preserved of all the ancient imperial gardens in China and it is conveniently located in the very center of Beijing. Beihai literally means the "Northern Sea." There are also corresponding "Central" and "Southern Seas" — both are located in an area called Zhongnanhai.
Located in Haidian District, Yuyuantan Park (玉渊潭公园 Jade Lake Park) is easily accessible, with the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse to its eastern gate, China Central Radio and Television Tower to its west, Navy General Hospital to its north and China Millennium Monument to its south.
Taoranting Park is a city park located to the north of Beijing's Southern Railway Station in Xuanwu District, the southern part of the city. A former location for literati to get together, while most of Beijing's gardens were reserved only for imperial families during the Qing Dynasty, it gained its name from a poem by the Tang Dynasty poet Bai Juyi, "Wait till the chrysanthemums are yellow and home-made wine is ripe, (I'll) drink with you and be carefree."
The Beijing Zoo was known for a short time after the founding of the People's Republic as the "Western Suburbs Park" (Xijiao Gongyuan). The grounds combine cultivated flower gardens with stretches of natural scenery, including dense groves of trees, stretches of grassland, a small stream, lotus pools and small hills dotted with pavilions and halls. The Beijing Zoo mainly exhibits China’s wild and rare animals.
Fragrant Hills Park
Fragrant Hills, located at the east foot of Xishan Mountain of Beijing, is so named because the huge stones within the mountain look like the censer. The Yong'an Temple was built here by the emperor of the Jin Dynasty in 1186, with temporary palaces built aside. The temple was expanded by later generations. To the tenth year of Emperor Qianlong's reign (1745), it was expanded to be a temple with 28 spots, and was renamed Jingyi Garden.
Jingshan Park, occupying an area of about 23 hectares, is located right on the north-south central axial line of Beijing. It is connected to the Shenwu Gate of the Forbidden City to the south, and faces the Drum and Bell Towers to the north and is adjacent to Beihai Park to the west. Jingshan Hill is 45.7 meters high, and is the best place in downtown Beijing to have a panoramic view of Beijing and the Forbidden City.
Beijing Happy Valley
If you're looking for Disneyland in the city of Beijing, then Happy Valley is the answer.
Divided into six themed regions, which include: the Wild Fjord, a Greek Village-Atlantis, the Aegean harbor, a Mayan temple and the Tibetan Shangri-La, Happy Valley's 120 attractions have so much to offer to visitors who wish to come.
Built in September 1957, the Beijing Planetarium is a National first-level natural science museum. As a "Palace for Science", it was built to popularize science, and is used to hold exhibitions. It was the first large-scale planetarium in China; Building B has several exciting parts: Digital Space Theater, 3D theater, 4D theater, exhibition hall, and two observatories. In the courtyard are the two astronomical observatories, one of which is equipped with a huge telescope measuring 13 centimeters in diameter, and visitors can observe the moon, planets, nebulae and star clusters, etc., via the telescope.