Purple Bamboo Park (紫竹院公园)

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35 Zhongguancun Nan Dajie
Although the bamboo is abundant at this park next to the National Library, it is unfortunately not a psychedelic shade of purple. Don’t let the misnomer put you off though, because it’s a fine destination for all manner of outdoor revelry, from lively taichi-practicing groups, gatherings of elderly musicians and boating on its central lake (from 10RMB per person). If crowds aren’t your thing, it’s easy to get away in this vast park, with top spots including grassy hillsides tucked away by the water and plentiful tree-shaded nooks and pavilions. Later, make your way to the park’s northwestern corner, where you can jump on a canal river cruise to the Summer Palace.

Best spot Look for the high-arching moon gate bridge (and its reflection) along the canal that runs along the north of the park. The banks here make for a great pensive waterside perch.
Venue name: Purple Bamboo Park (紫竹院公园)
Contact:
Opening hours: 6am-9pm daily
Admission: FREE
English address: 35 Zhongguancun Nan Dajie, Haidian district
Chinese address: 海淀区中关村南大街35号