Taoranting Park China, Beijing

Taoranting Park

Taoranting Park is a major city park located in Xicheng District to the north of Beijing South railway station, in the southern part of the city. 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."(更待菊黄家酿熟,与君一醉一陶然).

The park has a total area of 59 acres (240,000 m2), and water area accounts for 17 acres (69,000 m2). It was built in 1952. There are Cibei An, Taoran Pavilion in it. It also hosts the tomb of the lovers Gao Junyu and Shi PingmeiThis story has been retold in a book and a film. Gao Junyu and Shi's graves are a place of pilgrimage for young couples. as well as that of Sai Jinhua.

The history of this park could be traced back to the Qing Dynasty. The Taoran Pavilion was built in the 34th year of 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 Yuan Dynasty(1276 - 1368), located within the park.

The park has a lake with many pavilions scattered around its bank. It is popular with residents and visitors for walking and boating.