Active Things To Do in Beijing

Staying active in Beijing isn't hard, especially when so many of the best attractions require loads of walking. Get your caffeine early and hit the pavement at these active activities around China's capital.

Naturally an active person would want to tackle the Great Wall. Did you know that the average visitor walks less than 2 miles on the wall! You can top that! Get out there in your running shoes and make us proud!

Hou Hai Lake is a beautiful and scenic walking area for shops, bars, restaurants and cafes. But in winter, the lake freezes and you can skate on the ice. In summer, rent a paddle boat and burn a few calories while taking in the sunshine.

Ri Tan Park is a beautiful and central place for a bit of Frisbee or flying a kite in the afternoon. Pack a picnic and head to the center for exercise and a snack.

A canyon outside Beijing attracts eager and active crowds. Escape the pavement and skyscrapers in exchange for a bit of nature and majesty.

Eight Sites Park offers the perfect scenery for morning tai qi, a quick jog or even a full-blow work out. Try as you might, its impossible not to feel like a child again when at the park.

The Temple of Heaven is a massive complex that takes a lot of walking and exploring to enjoy. Pull on your runners and bring a walking stick, this temple isn't for the faint of heart! The Bai Ta Si is a bit more relaxed if you are in it for the culture and religion rather than the exhaustion!

Zhong Shan and Chao Yang Parks offer respite form the city as well as a great excuse for a bit of heart-pumping activity. You'll find people playing Chinese hack-i-sack there at all hours of the day. Feel free to join in!

Finally, Nanluoguxiang is an alley full of shops, restaurants and bars. Stroll under the trees while absorbing traditional (revamped) Chinese culture and walking roughly 1k south to north (and back!) Never has getting exercise seemed like more fun!

Great Wall (The)

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North of Beijing city

World's longest wall... read more

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Hou Hai Lake

Yan Dai Xie Jie

A beautiful and romantic lake circled in classy bars and restaurants... read more

Ri Tan Gongyuan (Ri Tan Park)

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Ri Tan Lu 6
Chaoyang Qu

Ancient Temple To The Sun... read more

Tian Chi Canyon

Tian Chi Xia Gu, Huai Rou City
Huai Rou County

Features beautiful lake scenery, leisure caves and rock-climbing... read more

Eight Sites Park

Near the Fragrant Hills
Shi Jing Shan District

Park with temples and pagodas... read more

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Temple of Heaven (Tian Tan)

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Tian Tan North Road

Beautiful historic temple complex and park...
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Bai Ta Si (White Dagoba Temple)

Fucheng Men Nei Dajie 171
Xi Cheng Qu (a 10-min. walk east from the metro stop)

Georgous, historical hot spot... read more

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Zhong Shan Park

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East side of Tian'anmen tower
Dong Cheng District

Park within the Forbidden City's Outer Walls...
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Chao Yang Park

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1 Nong Zhan South Road
Chao Yang District

Fun park with lakes and swimming pool... read more

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Runs north to south between Jiugulou Dajie and Dianmen Dajie, respectively
Southern entrance a few blocks east of Houhai

Hutong chic, for shopping, cafes and adorable bars... read more
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