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Escape the city among the greenery at Ritan Park

Although it is located in Beijing’s central business district, the Ritan Park’s surrounding foliage seems to have insulated it from the hustle and bustle of the city. Indeed it appears as a safe, peaceful nook amidst the turmoil and offers the privacy and isolation of a quiet walk for some and for others, the variety of activity and amusement.

The Ritan Park is one of the oldest in China, with its origin as far back as 1530. Its name means the ‘temple of the sun’ and indeed its current location is where ancient emperors used to offer sacrifices to the sun as a ritual during the Ming and Qing dynasty. This square shaped park is spacious, lined with tall tree and thick shrubs with intermingling of water ways and ponds creating a delightful diversity of land and water. Some of the trees are exotic, while others belong to ancient eras such as the 1,100 year old cypress trees as well as another 44 ancient trees. The nine dragon cypress, named for its curved dragon like flowers is another exotic tree to look at.

Gracefully shaded by the bunch of bushes that spread their leafy branches like an umbrella, the Yuxin garden offers a pleasant and tranquil walk even in summer as the scenery is simply breathtaking. The south west section of the park is blessed to have a thick forest as well a ravishing lake to create the most alluring landscape in the garden. The view of breathtaking sunsets can be all yours at the south west corner of the garden where the Qinghui pavilion is located. The park has its own amusement area for children, as well as a separate fishing zone for fishing enthusiast, while each year flower shows and related plant preservation activities brings in a refreshing change of air and scene to the garden.

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