What better way to spend a Sunday in Beijing than visiting Tiantan Park where many of the locals gather for activities or just a stroll among the cedars? Enjoy some photos from a pleasant day and read my
Sunday in Tiantan Park blog post when you’re done. Dance groups often frequent the park and set up sound systems for themselves. A group of musicians playing traditional Chinese music sets up for a few songs and a crowd gathers. Jianzi, a game similar to hackysack, is played by young and old alike. This man stalls the shuttlecock on his foot. Impressive at 74 years old! A Chinese form of checkers is popular among the older men. Plenty of kibitzing but this man’s game seems sunk. A man contemplates his cards in a game along the walkway outside the Temple of Heaven. Strangers, like myself, take photos of everyone’s kids in Tiantan Park. A man plays a reed instrument akin to a harmonica, inhaling and blowing for different notes and using his thumbs to change notes as well. The four big pillars inside the Temple of Heaven represent the four seasons. The Temple of Heaven, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is Tiantan Park’s main draw, but the real life around the park is its own attraction. Portable karaoke, and all the horrible crooning that comes with it. Ouch. Tiantan Park offers wide walkways among cedars. Parkgoers playing with long ribbons in the wind. I don’t know who brought the ribbons, but passersby were welcome to just pick one up and start playing with it. The gate opening into the courtyard known as Echo Wall and the Imperial Vault of Heaven inside. Playing with the grainy black and white feature on an Olympus E-620.