One of the more authentic local experiences you can find in Beijing is to wake up early in the morning, around 5 or 6, and head to one of the local parks to watch the morning exercise. Tiantan Park, or Temple of Heaven Park, is famous for its morning activities.

 

True, it’s not easy to get yourself out of bed that early on a vacation, but I managed to do it. Twice. And oh, was it worth it.

 

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

 

Of all the things that I saw in that park, I think this elderly woman – I’d guess well over 70 – was perhaps the most memorable. On the two occasions I visited the park she was there, in full force, two rackets – one in each hand, playing badminton for hours like there’s no tomorrow. While she wasn’t really able to bend down or move too quickly, the control she had over those rackets with both her hands and the force she exhibited was mind-blowing.

 

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

 

It seemed like if she were to compete with anyone else there, she would definitely kick their ass.

 

Just next to the east entrance, is a large outdoor gym area, with lots of people making good use of the facilities …

 

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

 

If you continue into the park, this is where you’ll find all sorts of group activities.

 

Stand-walking?

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

 

Lots of people doing Tai Chi …

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

 

A few dance groups…

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

 

And if you’re not into sports, you can listen to some Chinese opera and folk music jam sessions…

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

 

read the local daily newspaper posted on the walls…

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

 

perhaps play some cards…

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

 

a game of domino…

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

 

or just sip some tea.

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

 

Ready for some videos? here we go…

 

Tibetan Dancing

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

Tai Chi

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

Folk singing

Temple of Heaven (Tiantan) Park : Morning Exercise in Beijing

 

 

A lovely park. Don’t miss it if you’re visiting Beijing.



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