In some ways, this feels like the closest Beijing will get to having an NYC-style Central Park – not for its size, nowhere near in fact, but its surrounding on three sides by high-rise apartment blocks and modern towers give it the most tangible ‘city’ feel of all our parks – and it’s a fine escape from it, too.
At dusk (or dawn) you’ll find locals congregating, dotted in concrete courtyards and beneath willow trees. Elderly men and women practice taichi, and ordinarily timid office workers jump up and down to vigorous aerobics routines or lilt to romantic waltzes. Elsewhere, the encircling lake offers opportunities for boating, and some serious fish-watching – the carp population is absolutely thriving here, and actually make for a far more intriguing spectacle than that sentence may first sound. Tuanjiehu Park also has a bumpin’ water park
, open in the summer months.
Best spot Head to the lake – there are plenty of benches alongside it, for a snacking or picnicking spot, all offering awesome views to the city beyond its peaceful walls.