Taoranting Park in Beijing
Taoranting Park is also known as Leasure Pavilion Park or Taoran Pavilion Parkis. A former location for literati to get together, while most of Beijing's gardens were reserved only for imperial families during the Qing Dynasty, it gained its name from a poem by the Tang Dynasty poet Bai Juyi, "Wait till the chrysanthemums are yellow and home-made wine is ripe, (I'll) drink with you and be carefree."
English Name: Taoranting Park in Beijing
Chinese Name: 北京陶然亭公园
Attraction Type: Beijing Attraction, Nature, Park
Best Time to Visit: Whole year
Recommended Visiting Time: about 1-2 hours
Admission Fee: CNY2
Address in English: No. 19, Taiping Street, Xuanwu District, Beijing
Address in Chinese: 北京市宣武区太平街19号
Why is Taoranting Park in Beijing so Special?
Taoranting Park is also known as Leasure Pavilion Park or Taoran Pavilion Parkis. A former location for literati to get together, while most of Beijing’s gardens were reserved only for imperial families during the Qing Dynasty, it gained its name from a poem by the Tang Dynasty poet Bai Juyi, “Wait till the chrysanthemums are yellow and home-made wine is ripe, (I’ll) drink with you and be carefree.”
Where is Taoranting Park in Beijing?
Taoranting Park is located in Xicheng District to the north of Beijing South railway station, in the southern part of the city.
How to Get There?
- Take Metro Line 4 to Taoranting Station; go out from Exit C and walk eastwards for 650 meters to the north gate.
- East Gate: Take Bus No. 14, 40, 66, 70, 102, 106, or Zhuan 13 to Taoranqiao Bei.
- South Gate: Take Bus No. 50, 122, 458, 485, 692, 958, 997, Te 3, Te 12，Te 17 or Yuntong 102, and get off at Taoranting Gongyuan Nanmen.
- North Gate: Take Bus No. 40, 59, or Zhuan 13 to Taoranting Gongyuan Beimen.
The history of this park could be traced back to the Qing Dynasty. The Taoran Pavilion was built in the 34th year of the Kangxi Emperor’s reign (1695). The chief engineer, Jiang Zao (江藻), who supervised the kiln workshop, oversaw the construction. There is also an old temple, which was built during the Yuan Dynasty(1276 – 1368), located within the park.
Tao Ran Pavilion is a part of Mercy Temple. Mercy Temple is located in the southwest of the island, in the center of one of the lakes. It was built in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) more than 700 years ago. It is not only a scenic spot, but also a museum Temple containing many cultural relics. It has the history of Taoranting park. The inscriptions are displayed. What’s more, it also displays the stone Scripture pillars of the Liao Dynasty (916-1125) and the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234), which are far away from each other It has a history of more than 900 years.
Useful Travel Tips
- Admission Fee: CNY 2
- Opening Hours: 6:00-21:30 (stop selling ticket at 21:00)