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Beijing Parks and Gardens

The city of Beijing was China’s capital throughout several dynasties, and successive Emperors bestowed it with magnificent gardens and parks, an inheritance appreciated by modern Beijing people and tourists. The Summer Palace, built in 1750, was inscribed into UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1998.It includes many beautiful structures, and boasts a large collection of valuable cultural relics. Beihai Park is one of the most popular parks in the city of Beijing. An Imperial Palace in successive dynasties, it was known as the Winter Palace in the West. It is now regarded as one of the best of China's classical gardens. Houhai is a lake and its surrounding district in central Beijing. In recent years it has become famous for nightlife because it is home to several popular restaurants, bars, and cafes especially popular with foreign tourists, the expatriate community and younger locals. Fragrant Hills Park at the foot of the Western Mountains in north-western Beijing consists of a natural pine-cypress forest, hills with maple trees, smoke trees and persimmon trees, and landscaped areas with traditional architecture and cultural relics. The name derives from Xianglu Feng (Incense Burner Peak) a hill with two large stones resembling incense burners at the top. Autumn here is spectacular, with fiery red smoke tree leaves covering the mountain side. Every year, thousands come to see the Autumn colours and the annual Red Leaf Festival of Beijing. Enjoy yourself in these magnificent parks.