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.