Zhongshan Park 中山公园
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Introduction

Tucked away in the centre of town right next to the Forbidden City, Zhongshan Park is full of beautiful pagodastemples and archways. It’s also a great place to catch locals dancing, singing or doing martial arts exercises – and you’re usually very welcome to join in! 

This local park is often overlooked by visitors to Beijing, but it’s the perfect place for a relaxing afternoon stroll.

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Alter of Land and Grain

Not the most exciting to look at, but of great historical and cultural interest, the Alter of Land and Grain consists of a large raised square on which different types of earth are embedded in a simple pattern. It was the site of sacrifices during the Mong and Qing dynasties. Nearby you can explore the stores, kitchens and butchering pavilion – where animals were prepared and killed as offerings.

Zhongshan Hall

Located to the North of the park, the Zhongshan Hall used to contain the remains of Dr Sun Yat-sen (the famous revolutionary after whom the park is named – his Mandarin name being Shun Zhongshan) and was where the emperors would come to pray. It is a spectacular example of Ming dynasty architecture, and one of the most intact in China.

Spring Flowers

Huge flowerbeds of tulips and cherry blossom trees burst into colour during springtime, making the park a beautiful place to enjoy an afternoon stroll.

Practical info

Tickets: 3 RMB.

Opening hours: 6:00 – 20:00 (winter), 6:00 – 22:00 (summer).

Recommended visit: 1 hour.

Transport: take metro line 1 to Tiananmen West (天安门西 – exit B).

Top tip: there is also a side entrance just to the East of the Forbidden City ticket office.

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