About Lincoln C
Lives in Hong Kong
Since Mar 2010
25-34 year old male
Canadian Chinese guy living in Hong Kong. Loves to go hiking, camping and always up for an adventure ! Enjoys eating things, exploring hidden gems, and other awesome stuff.
Science Museums, Parks
Educational sites, Bodies of Water
Architectural Buildings, Castles, Historic Sites, Monuments & Statues, Gardens
Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Lookouts
Parks, Bodies of Water, Points of Interest & Landmarks
The Botanical Gardens are about a 40-minute drive from the city center, allowing you to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Great for leisurely strolls and getting some 'fresh' air, the gardens are made up of 12 unique areas specializing in over 6,000 different species of plants. Great for the entire family, it's a nice change in pace from the other parks within Beijing.
A short drive out of the city, Fragrant Hills park has been popular with Emperors for many dynasties, and it's easy to understand why. This area was developed from 1186 and offers a great mix of temples, pavilions, and palaces dotted around the park, along with great natural scenery. The park also has historical significance in more recent times as Mao lived in a villa here when he directed the final battles of the revolution in 1949.
Not your traditional tourist attraction, Peking University is one of the most prestigious universities in China. A stroll around this well-designed and beautiful campus, full of historical sites, gives you a glimpse of university life in Beijing. The campus is well known for its traditional architecture preserved in many of the older buildings.
Chaoyang Park is Beijing's equivalent of Central Park. Spanning 2.8km in length and 1.5km in width, it is certainly Beijing's largest park. Located conveniently in the city, it doesn't have the historical and architectural attractions of other parks in Beijing, but is more of a family-friendly attraction. What it lacks in pagodas and temples, it makes up for in open green spaces. Very popular with local Beijingers, the park features gardens, fairgrounds, grassy knolls, a few small forests, and swimming pools. Chaoyang Park has a bit of everything for the entire family.
Infamously, the Empress Dowager Cixi diverted three million silver taels from the Chinese Navy to the enlarging and rebuilding of the Summer Palace. One of Beijing's many UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Summer Palace is the largest and most well-preserved imperial garden in China. Situated around the picturesque Kunming Lake, the entire palace spans over 700 acres (283 hectares). With stunning scenery, beautiful architecture, and a rich history, The Summer Palace is a must-see sight in Beijing.
Being almost like the backyard of the Forbidden Palace, Jingshan Park offers one of the best vantage points to see and photograph the palace. It's a quiet park, frequented by locals, and a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Jingshan Park also has significant historical context — the last Ming Emperor hung himself here, ending the Ming dynasty.
Right in the middle of the central business district, this often-overlooked park is a nice break from your shopping and exploration of the city. Conveniently by the metro station, it's a great place to watch locals practice tai chi and qigong and is one of the more peaceful parks around town as not many tourists know about it.
Another Imperial garden turned into a public park, Beihai park is one of the largest Chinese gardens in Beijing. More than half of the park is a beautiful lake, with the center of the park featuring Jade Flower Island, with the famous White Dagoba. The entire park is dotted with various pagodas and pavilions that are historically significant — don't miss the Five Dragon Pavilions, Nine-Dragon Screens, and the Hao Pu Creek Garden.