Located in the south of Chaoyang Park, this is as extravagant as the capital's public pools get. Don't expect a gold lining, of course, but the sports complex also houses tennis courts and is streamlined for an expert swimming experience. One-off entry comes at a hefty premium, but commit to a member's card for 600RMB and you can get 10 sessions per year, or 2,800RMB for 90 sessions over three years.
At 50-metres long, the pool features ten lanes – eight 'speed lanes' for serious swimmers and two shallow-water lanes – as well as a separate children's play pool. The water is clean by city standards and shouldn't disappoint. Lanes can become busy during peak hours, but there's ample opportunity to pick and choose when you swim given their all-day hours.