Comfort Inn & Suites Sanlitun, Beijing
No. 6 Gong Ti Bei Lu
Phone: (86) 10 85235522
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Tuan Jie Hu Park is located in the southwest part of the Tuan Jie Hu area, Chao Yang District. It covers an area of 13.8 hectares with a water surface of 5.4 hectares. The park features a southern Chinese garden-style layout. In summer, the lake in the center of the park is open. A large swimming pool with a yellow sand beach has become a major draw card for summer swimmers, especially with the addition of a wave machine. Beach bums may find a volleyball competition in progress.
The Hong Ling Jin (Red Tie) Park is located at Bai Li Zhuang outside of Chao Yang Men. Built in 1958, the park covers a land space of 95,000 square meters and a water surface of 200,000 square meters. The park offers children's amusement facilities and boats. A group of sculptures of young heroes stand in the park. Inscriptions on the sculptures tell the stories of outstanding young people at different times throughout Chinese revolution to encourage the red-tie visitors to study hard for their motherland.
In Beijing, it sometimes happens that you need to spend your day in a green spot and relax. Although there are a lot of parks, not all of them are as nice as Nanguan Park. The artificial park was built some decades ago, but the landscaping looks very natural. The park contains a pleasant artificial lake with some trees around it, which adds to the serene atmosphere. It is near the Russian Embassy and some great Russian restaurants. There is no entrance fee. -Marina Burana
A children's arts and crafts center with an emphasis on ethnic minority arts. Clean and well managed, the center supplies all materials required for children to work with paper, make tie-dyes, craft pottery and do a lot more. Required of all children—creativity.
Although the Dongdan Fitness Center has no free weights or aerobics, it does have an impressive indoor Olympic-sized swimming pool and an Astroturf soccer field. Other facilities include tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, and a martial arts training center. A membership may be purchased for the pool. English is not spoken here.
The Dongdan Gymnasium is situated in the bustling and commercial road of Da Hua. This sporting facility is truly a boon for gym lovers anf fitness freaks. All kinds of sports facilities are available here and the grounds are available for regular sporting events and games. The fully equipped gymnasium is a pleasure to work out in. In the surrounding facility one can see people enjoying basketball, table tennis, tennis, badminton, swimming and diving. The facility also comes alive with the glee of school students who frequent the facility often.
When you feel the urge to get out of Beijing's urban sprawl but don't know where to go, check in with the Beijing Hikers Club. Organizers of hikes in the mountains, villages and plains around Beijing, this group is serious about their fun. All their hikes are professionally planned and lead. Participants meet at the LIDO Starbucks and board a bus together. Hike times vary from an afternoon to two days with varying degrees of difficulty. One of their more popular hikes takes participants along little visited sections of the Great Wall. Originally operated by an expat and his wife who both loved to be outdoors, Beijing Hikers is not your typical Chinese tour company. All collected fees go directly into supplying transport, water, and maintaining their ever expanding collection of outdoor walks.
This shop belongs to a chain of bike rentals located throughout Beijing. Although they are more expensive, their bikes can be returned to any of their storefronts, making them more convenient for bike tours. Rates start at CNY10 an hour. Deposit is required (CNY 300-500, plus photo ID) and can be reimbursed at any of their Hou Hai locations.
The most striking aspect of this park is the hill. It was made from earth dug-up to create the moat around the Forbidden City. Five pavilions stand symmetrically on the hill with the top pavilion offering a magnificent view of the city. This park is also (infamously) known as the place where the last of the Ming Emperors (Chong Zhen) committed suicide. He selected one of the park's locust trees to hang himself from after some say he mercifully killed his family to save them from humiliation and persecution.
Bike Rentals for single, tandem and three rider bikes (good luck getting those through some of the hutongs). Rentals start at CNY20 and hour. Rates are also available for half and full day rentals
This is a full service Hou Hai boat rental service, trying their hardest to give you the most. Not only can you rent out a wooden boat and oarsmen, but you can also hire musicians and even refreshing snacks from Kao Rou Ji to make your Hou Hai water tour complete. Of course, all this imperial comfort comes at a cost, but the tremendously accommodating staff do their best to make it worth your while.
This Taoist temple dates back over 1000 years and played a major role in the Changdian temple fair for more contemporary Beijingers. The architecture may seem more recent than that -- sporting fresh coats of paint and repairs, it may be more accurate to say this temple site dates to over 1000 years, as the buildings have been regularly rebuild about every 250 years or so. The latest update occurred just before the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The area around Hou Hai originally was called Shishahai or "Sea of Ten Temples" of which Huoshen Temple was one.