Beijing Attractions: Ritan Park
Ritan Park 日坛公园
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
Ritan Park is a walk north of both Yongangli and Jianguomen Subway stations.
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