Despite the snow and hale this week, spring has definitely sprung here in Beijing. I love Beijing in the springtime. Flowers (magnolias, cherry blossoms, forsythia, and so many more), cleaner air, warmer temperatures . . . there is so much to love about springtime in Beijing.
I’m not a fan of cold weather, so my family usually enjoys indoor activities during the winter, and by the time springtime rolls around, we’re busting to go out and do some hiking or bike riding.
When I read this article from ThatsBeijing which gives suggestions for where to enjoy the spring blossoms, I started making my Beijing Bucket List for spring—things I want to do with my family in the next few months. It’s hard to say how much longer we’ll be privileged enough to live in Beijing, and I want to do better with enjoying the city and all it has to offer while we’re here.
What’s on my bucket list? Here. Take a look . . .
Would you believe that we’ve been here for two-and-a-half years now and I still have not taken my kids to the Great Wall? I know. It’s awful, and there’s no excuse. I’ve been there on my own about seven times now. Hubby has also gone several times. But we’ve never gone together. And we’ve never taken the kids. I intend to remedy that this spring. I plan go to the Great Wall at Mutianyu because this is a section of the wall that I have never been to myself and because the kids can enjoy the cable cars and toboggan ride.
798 Art Zone
The 798 Art Zone is an area of the city with a ton of art galleries, art on the street, really neat cafes and restaurants, and an atmosphere that makes it fun to walk around and spend an afternoon. I’ve been here myself, but haven’t made it a family outing yet. Another thing I intend to remedy soon.
The Summer Palace
This is another one that I feel pretty guilty about not having visited in the two-and-a-half years since we’ve been living here. In my defense, though, we did try to go here before. We even got tickets and entered the gate. Unfortunately the only thing we ended up seeing inside the palace were the bathrooms because this was the family outing that ended up in a trip to the emergency room. You can read about that experience here. Hopefully we’ll have better luck this time.
Beijing Botanical Garden
My son went here on a field trip to the Botanical Garden with his class two years ago, but the rest of the family hasn’t been here. This was listed in the ThatsBeijing article mentioned above as an excellent place to enjoy spring blossoms. I can’t wait to check it out for myself.
This is a Buddhist temple in Mentougou district of Beijing. It’s a nice place to see the magnolia blossoms. I love magnolias. I have to confess that the rest of the family isn’t as excited about this one . . . but I know I’ll be able to talk them into it. There is a Sam’s Club not far away from this temple, so that should help me convince hubby it’s worth going (since he’s not as into the spring blossoms as I am).
Fenghuangling Nature Park (Also called Phoenix Mountain Nature Park)
I love hiking. And it’s something I hope my kids will love too. The best way to make that happen is to give them lots of opportunities. This huge park, I’m told, is big enough that we won’t need to worry about crowds. Based on what I’ve read, the hiking ranges from easy to difficult, and there are lots of amazing views and interesting rock formations.
And there you have it. Only six things, but I know my family and how busy we are, and I know that this will be a challenging, but doable number for us to fit in before the end of the school year. I’ll come back to this post and update with active links as I write about each one.
Hope you all get out there and enjoy the springtime, too.