What’s the flower power? Chinese flowering crabapples.
Why here? Yuan Dadu Park
is a 9km strip along Beijing’s northern canal, forming the capital’s longest park. Every spring it becomes an easy-to-follow romantic stroll among cherry blossoms either side of the Xiao Yue River (or a long, uninterrupted jog – hard to come by in central Beijing), when the flowers are in full bloom.
When’s the best time to go? First two weeks of April. A good spot to see the crabapples in bloom is by Beitucheng subway exit C, the South East corner of the park.
What else is nearby? The park has been constructed around the remnants of the Yuan Dynasty city wall that protected the city back in the days when Kublai Khan made it his capital. This rammed earth structure is still visible on the east section near Anzhenmen subway station (Line 10), where garish, large statues of the emperor himself commanding a herd of elephants can also be found.
What's the entry? It's free, and open 24 hours, all year round.
Image: Bridget Coila via Flickr