"People Watching in Beijing Parks 1" Temple of Heaven Tip by claudia1975

Temple of Heaven, Beijing: 229 reviews and 504 photos

  Old guys playing Erhu and dancing
by claudia1975

You are in a park. You hear some music. You walk to where the sounds are coming from. You notice that there are several groups of people playing different kinds of music and they are all sitting close to each other. The result is an interesting (dis-harmonic) symphony of Er-Hus (traditional Chinese instrument), old ladies singing opera songs, men drumming and some playing violin. But it is very cute to watch that they like to stay with other people to share their music and to not be alone. So they prefer a mixture of sounds. It is incredible how much joy is radiating out of many peoples eyes - despite the rollercoaster Chinese history many of them have gone through. If you find skilled players, an Er-Hu concert can really be a treat. For these music "performances" on the week-ends, I found the park at the "Temple of Heaven" south of Tian an men a good place.

Address: Most Chinese parks, especially at Temple of Heaven
Directions: Most Chinese parks. The ones close to downtown:
Temple of Heaven
Beihai Park
Zongshan Park
Houhai Park

Phone: 86-10-67028866
Website: http://www.tiantanpark.com

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 23, 2005
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