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Taoranting Park Cycling

Taoranting Park - Temple of Xiannong - Fayuan Temple - Niujie Great Mosque - Daguanyuan
Fayuan Temple
This tour starts with Taoranting Park. It is the first modern park that was constructed following the foundation of the People's Republic of China. The park is also famous for some of its historical sites and cultural relics, including the Longshu Temple, the Black Dragon Pool and the Nezha Temple, as well as tombs of some famous historical figures. The most famous building is definitely the Taoran Pavilion, from which the park gets its name. The admission is CNY2 per person and you may need half an hour to one hour to visit it.


From the south of the park, you can ride east along the Yongdingmen West Road for about 1 km and turn left on Yongdingmen Inner Street. Ride for another 600 meters and you will find Temple of Xiannong (Altar of Agriculture) on your left side. This was where emperors worshiped and offered sacrifices to the gods of agriculture for good harvests and fine rain in the Ming (1368 - 1644) and Qing (1644 - 1911) dynasties. The Museum of Ancient Chinese Architecture is also located in the temple, which houses exhibits and does researches on Chinese ancient architecture.
Jiaozi Hutong
Continue to ride north along the street for about 1.5 km and turn left on Zhushikou West Street. Head west for about 1 km to the junction with Luomashi Street, you will find the Huguang Guildhall on your left side. Huguang Guildhall used to be a meeting place for business men of Hunan and Hubei provinces. It was here that the great revolutionary Dr. Sun Yatsen announced the foundation of Kuomintang, the National People's Party. Now it is a popular theater in Beijing where you can enjoy tea and fantastic Peking Opera.


Ride west along Luomashi Street and on to Guanganmen Inner Street for about 1.4 km and turn left on the Jiaozi Hutong. Then ride straight southward and turn left on Fayuansi Front Street, the entrance of Fayuan Temple is just 200 meters ahead. The temple is classical Qing-dynasty architecture and a quiet retreat in the busy city. With a history of over 1,300 years, it is the oldest temple in Beijing city. The Chinese Buddhist Academy and the Buddhist Library are also located in the temple.
Ride west along Luomashi Street and on to Guanganmen Inner Street for about 1.4 km and turn left on the Jiaozi Hutong. Then ride straight southward and turn left on Fayuansi Front Street, the entrance of Fayuan Temple is just 200 meters ahead. The temple is classical Qing-dynasty architecture and a quiet retreat in the busy city. With a history of over 1,300 years, it is the oldest temple in Beijing city. The Chinese Buddhist Academy and the Buddhist Library are also located in the temple.
Ox Street Mosque
After visiting the temple, ride all the way west from Fayuansi Front Street for about 450 meters, you will reach the famous Niujie Street. This is a Muslim street and renowned for its variety of Muslim food. Here you can either dine at a restaurant or stroll along the street where lots of vendors sell snacks and souvenirs. Niujie Great Mosque is located on the street, and, as the oldest mosque in Beijing of both Chinese and Islamic architecture styles, it is well worth a visit.


Ride southward along Niujie Street and then on Youanmen Inner Street for about one kilometer. Turn right on to Baizhifang West Street and turn left on to Nancaiyuan Street after 900 meters. Head south along the street and you will see Daguanyuan (Grand View Garden) on your left side. The garden is a replica of the one described in the famous Chinese novel "A Dream of Red Mansions" and it was here that the movie of that name was filmed.
After visiting the garden, ride eastward along the You'anmen East Street (to the south of the garden) back to Taoranting Park. The total distance you will have traveled is about 12.5 kilometers (approx. 8 miles).
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