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Xizhimen to Summer Palace
The Exhibition Hall meets Beijing Zoo in the west, and you can reach the zoo in 5 minutes. Once a royal garden in the Ming (1368 - 1644) and Qing (1644 - 1911) dynasties, Beijing Zoo is one of the largest zoos with various kinds of animals in China. We specially recommend that you pay a visit to the panda house to see the lovely panda bears eating bamboo and playing with each other. The admission fee is CNY20.
Continue to ride the west along the street for about 1 km to Baishi Qiao (White Stone Bridge) at a big intersection. Cross the road and you will see Purple Bamboo Park on your right side. The park was built in 1953 and named after the Ming-dynasty Purple Bamboo Temple in it. The park takes up an area of 47.35 hectare, and one third of it is covered by water, including one river, one canal, and three lakes. As the name suggests, the park is also abundant with all kinds of bamboos. The park is free of charge and it will be very relaxed to have a rest while enjoy the beautiful scenery. The National library is next to the Purple Bamboo Park in the north. It is the one of the largest libraries in the world for its rich collection and number of librarians.
Kindly Note: It is impossible to finish all the spots mentioned above in one day, so we suggest that you visit some in the morning, and leave the whole afternoon to Summer Palace, as it is really worth a half-day trip.
Taoranting Park Cycling: from Taoranting Park to Temple of Xiannong, Fayuan Temple, Niujie Great Mosque, and Grand View Garden.
Peking University Biking: starts from the West Gate of Peking University to visit the campus.
Eastern City Cycling: to Temple of Earth, Confucian Temple, Imperial College, Lama Temple, Jiudaowan Hutong…