Comfort Suites Yayuncun, Beijing
302 Hui Zhong Bei Li
Phone: (86) 10 59636699
Fax: (86) 10 59636655
The Beijing Olympic Green Convention Centre (BOGCC), also known as the National Convention Center, was inaugurated in August 2008, for the Beijing Summer Olympics. The spectacular Olympic events unfolded at this venue and enthralled spectators and viewers worldwide. The massive center covers an area of 2,70,00 square meters. The imposing building, made of glass, stands in the midst of a huge arena that is used for sporting extravaganzas. The excellent media facilities in the center are truly commendable. The Fencing Hall is a special attraction within the convention center. Post the Olympics, the center also began to be used as an exhibition center.
The spacious Olympic Green Tennis Center was designed as a venue for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. From afar, the tennis center resembles flower petals, while the gray finish represents the harmony between architecture and nature. The main venue has a seating capacity of 10,000 spectators, designed with amenities to suit large crowds.
Beijing International Tennis Centre is located near the Temple of Heaven in the important Chongwen district of Beijing. This venue hosts international tennis fixtures as well as local Chinese tennis tournaments. The surface is hard and tests the player's skill and talent to the core. The facilities at the center can also be availed by people, both members and non-members. Membership charges vary. Call for more information on matches and other details.
China's biggest paragliding club boasts the world's most advanced equipment, a full-time English speaking coach and some non-English speaking local coaches. The club has over 60 certified Gold Card members. It also offers training, which usually takes five to eight days. English instruction is provided upon request. Paragliding usually takes place at Shi San Ling, 50km outside of Beijing. Equipment is available. Alternatively, if you have the funds, you can purchase your own gear.
When you feel the urge to get out of Beijing's urban sprawl but don't know where to go, check in with the Beijing Hikers Club. Organizers of hikes in the mountains, villages and plains around Beijing, this group is serious about their fun. All their hikes are professionally planned and lead. Participants meet at the LIDO Starbucks and board a bus together. Hike times vary from an afternoon to two days with varying degrees of difficulty. One of their more popular hikes takes participants along little visited sections of the Great Wall. Originally operated by an expat and his wife who both loved to be outdoors, Beijing Hikers is not your typical Chinese tour company. All collected fees go directly into supplying transport, water, and maintaining their ever expanding collection of outdoor walks.
In Beijing, it sometimes happens that you need to spend your day in a green spot and relax. Although there are a lot of parks, not all of them are as nice as Nanguan Park. The artificial park was built some decades ago, but the landscaping looks very natural. The park contains a pleasant artificial lake with some trees around it, which adds to the serene atmosphere. It is near the Russian Embassy and some great Russian restaurants. There is no entrance fee. -Marina Burana
This Hou Hai boat rental has sailboats, kayaks, even a dragon boat for hire. It also has a waterfront bar. Rates vary per sea vessel and are charged per person.
Located in the basement of the Henderson Centre near Beijing Railway Station, this entertainment center has done a lot of marketing and promotions, and enjoys big name backing. It now features a selection of multimedia shows, plus the weekly "Children's Happy Time" and the popular "Woody Paradise". Also on attraction are games, dances and songs. Local radio stations also use this venue for an occasional party. Entry to Universal Studios is free, but some of the activities require a ticket.
This shop belongs to a chain of bike rentals located throughout Beijing. Although they are more expensive, their bikes can be returned to any of their storefronts, making them more convenient for bike tours. Rates start at CNY10 an hour. Deposit is required (CNY 300-500, plus photo ID) and can be reimbursed at any of their Hou Hai locations.
This Taoist temple dates back over 1000 years and played a major role in the Changdian temple fair for more contemporary Beijingers. The architecture may seem more recent than that -- sporting fresh coats of paint and repairs, it may be more accurate to say this temple site dates to over 1000 years, as the buildings have been regularly rebuild about every 250 years or so. The latest update occurred just before the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The area around Hou Hai originally was called Shishahai or "Sea of Ten Temples" of which Huoshen Temple was one.
Bike Rentals for single, tandem and three rider bikes (good luck getting those through some of the hutongs). Rentals start at CNY20 and hour. Rates are also available for half and full day rentals
This is a full service Hou Hai boat rental service, trying their hardest to give you the most. Not only can you rent out a wooden boat and oarsmen, but you can also hire musicians and even refreshing snacks from Kao Rou Ji to make your Hou Hai water tour complete. Of course, all this imperial comfort comes at a cost, but the tremendously accommodating staff do their best to make it worth your while.