Beijing Attractions: Ritan Park
Ritan Park 日坛公园
- One of Beijing's oldest parks
- Built for ritual sun sacrifice in 1530
- Lots of fun things for kids
- Located in Beijing's Central Business District
- Lots of places to eat and drink
- Name means 'the temple of the sun'
- Place to relax, exercise or just stroll
- Located near the Jianguomenwai embassy area
Ritan Park, situated near the Jianguomenwai embassy area and north of the Friendship Store in the heart of Beijing's growing CBD dates from 1530 and was built as a temple to the sun god and was a place of worship for the Chinese imperial court of the Qing (1644-1911) and Ming (1368-1644) dynasties.
Chinese emperors would make ritual offerings at the central altar to the sun god.
Now the large square-shaped park provides some welcome shade and a modicum of peace in what is becoming a very busy and frenetic part of modern Beijing.
Ritan Park has some great facilities for children: trampolines, inflatables and a merry-go-round as well as mini-golf, a fishing pond and a number of bars and restaurants with outdoor terraces adjoining the park for more adult tastes.
The surrounding area has something of a Russian flavor with a number of Russian eateries and shops setting up in nearby streets in recent years.
Getting To Ritan Park
6 Ritan Beilu
Tel: 8561 6301
Ritan Park is a walk north of both Yongangli and Jianguomen Subway stations.
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