Located in Haidian District, Yuyuantan Park
is easily accessible, with the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse
to its eastern gate, China Central Radio and Television Tower
to its west, Navy General Hospital to its north and China
Millennium Monument to its south. With 1,820 meters (1.13
miles) wide from west to east and 1,106 meters (0.69 miles)
long from north to south, Yuyuantan Park covers an area of
136.69 hectares and the water surface spans an area of 61
Back in Jin Dynasty (1115-1234), Yuyuantan
Park was already a famous scenic spot. Today, celebrated for
its "Cherry Blossoms Festival" every spring, Yuyuantan
Park attracts tourists from all over the world.
Located to the northwest of the park, Cherry Garden is famous
for its cherry blossoms. In the spring of 1973, 180 cherry
trees were sent as gifts from Japan and were planted in the
garden. Later on, more and more cherry trees were cultivated
here. Today the garden has been the home for over 3,000 cherry
trees. When cherry trees blossom in early spring (from late
March to early April), tourists pour into the garden to enjoy
the beautiful flowers. Metasequoias and bamboos flourish in
the garden making Cherry Garden a wonderful place even when
cherry blossoms are not in bloom.
Built in 1983, Liuchun Garden ("Liuchun" means to
let the spring stay) sits to the east of Yuyuantan Park. Every
spring, forsythias, magnolias, roses, crab-apple trees and
other plants blossom one after another like a perpetual spring
in the garden.
Inside the south entrance of Liuchun Garden,
you will see a screen wall. Paintings on it are depicted by
porcelain pieces. The three front pictures respectively portray
a new-born baby in his mother¡¯s embrace, a girl
dancing with a swan, and a youngster pursuing knowledge, whilst
three pictures designed for children are painted on the back
of the wall. From a pavilion in the southwest corner of Liuchun
Garden, you can enjoy a distant view of the whole garden.
Zhongshan Island is located to the southwest of Yuyuantan
Park. Spanning 800 meters (875 yards) long and 30 meters (33
yards) wide, Zhongshan Island is actually a small hill lying
between Bayi Lake and West Lake. A pavilion with a double-tiered
roof is built on the hill, from which the full view of Zhongshan
Island and the lakes can be seen.
Yinshui Lake Scenic Area is situated to
the northeast of Yuyuantan Park. Pine trees, gingko trees,
poplar trees, crab-apples and other plants are scattered in
the area. You can also go fishing in this area.
Ancient Pine Forest
Near the south gate of Yuyuantan Park, there is an ancient
pine forest. The trees were planted in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)
and are over 100 years old.