Lianhuachi is the "source of life" of Beijing, it has existed since 1046 B.C and now it is an AA National Tourist Attraction, Municipal Cultural Relic Protection Unit and Level-I Ancient Ruins Park of Beijing. Lianhuachi Park locates at the junction of Fengtai, Haidian and Xuanwu Districts 8km away from Tian’anmen Square, and it faces the South Square of Beijing West Railway Station on the east and borders the west part of Third Ring Road on the west (from Liuliqiao to Lianhuaqiao). The Park, as a Municipal Cultural Relic Protection Unit of Beijing, closely relates to the origin of the ancient city of Beijing and the development of old Beijing, which gives it profound historical and cultural connotation. In 1046 B.C, King Wu of Zhou Dynasty gave the city of Ji to the descendants of King Yao as a fief. Ji city was the beginning of Beijing, and Lianhuachi is the cradle of Ji city; as historians would say: Beijing came after Lianhuachi. The founding of Beijing as a capital dates back to 1153 A.D when the capital of Jin Dynasty was moved to Yanjing, which is historically known as Jin Zhoungdu. And the Jin Zhongdu was extended from the east, west and south parts of Ji city. The founding of Jin Zhoungdu was an important link between the preceding and following development of Beijing. Lianhuachi, which used to be called "Xihu Lake", had been the major water source of ancient Beijing. In addition to its ancient name: Xihu Lake, Taihu Lake and Nanhebo, the place was subsequently named Lianhuachi for its extensively planted lotus flowers. According to Shui Jing Zhu: "The lake is the old lake of Yan Dynasty, with two li (1 li equals 500 meters) from east to west and three li from south to north. It has clear and jade water and pavilions sitting around, also a great place for sightseeing." So we can see that Lianhuachi has long been a beauty spot for viewing lotus and excursion. For the development and the urban construction of Beijing as a landscape garden city, and for the improvement of Beijing's ecological environment, it is very important to preserve the original style and features of Lianhuachi and to resume its waterscape. In 1998, as an priority project of Beijing Municipal People's Government for the 50th anniversary of China, the long-deserted Lianhuachi was re-built into a park that covers 446 thousand square meters of land area, 150 thousand square meters of lake area and 245 thousand square meters of green area, and contains scenic spots as Taoyuan Quanyong, Hefengting, Lotus-light Square, Lotus fairy and lotus root man, Lotus Cultural Garden, Children's Playground and ten-thousand-meters fitness area, and it was opened to the public in December 2000. There are 6 clusters of lotus flowers on the 150 thousand square meters of water with 15 thousand square meters of total planting area. During each year's flowering season, visitors can see 280 rare varieties of lotus flowers with different patterns and colors in Lotus Cultural Garden and more than 20 planting ponds; there are 41 types of varied animal-shaped plants in the plant modeling area on the lawn by the north bank of the lake; the Park also boasts 5,000 square meters of peony garden and herbaceous peony garden on south island. Moreover, there are various color strips and flower strips by the crossings and roads of the Park shaping into multi-tiered green landscape where arbors, shrubs, grass and flowers are combined, delivering a pleasant landscaping effect in which flowers flourish in three seasons and green plants grow in four seasons. TheLianhuachi Park has extensive grass, beautiful lakes and mountains, prosperous flowers and pleasant scenery. Instructed by the concept of cultural development, today's Lianhuachi Park pays more attention to building landscape and carrying out entertainment activities. You can row a boat in the lake to experience the happiness when "flourished duckweed blocks the way of your boat"; the exquisite white marble statues by the lotus pond can tell you "the tale of Lotus fairy and Lotus root man"; the "fishing garden" by the south bank can help you with your self-cultivation and meditation; or you can take your children or grand children and let them have some fun in "Children's Playground" with the modern and hard-to-get-off rides, enjoying the happiness as a family; the "fitness area for middle-aged and elderly people" has more than 200 pieces of fitness equipments for your exercise; you and your partner can also have dance on a 1000-square-meters "open ballroom"; a unique and the largest "culture square" in the Park can offer you various options for activities; or maybe you can take a picture by the flowing and pouring "Taoyuan Quanyong" pool of which the magnificent view can make you linger here; or you can ascend a height and overlook the beautiful landscape of Lianhuachi from "Fengheting". In the "Twelve Chinese Zodiacs Tracking Garden", you can find the statue of your own Chinese Zodiac and take a picture with it. Rather than an important waterway of Jin Zhongdu, Today's Lianhuachi Park has become a lotus theme park known in the whole Beijing. Lianhuachi Lotus Festival and Fair are two culturally iconic activities of Lianhuachi Park which have been established for years and take place in summer and winter respectively, showing the breeze and sprinkling of summer, and prosperity of winter. Lianhuachi Fair has become one highlight of all Spring Festival activities in south Beijing and grown into a characteristic iconic fair; it combines the modern singing and dancing show with traditional folk arts, flower show and tour de force, bringing out the best of both modern civilization and folk culture. The Lotus Festival (from June to August) beloved by visitors also attracts numerous photography fans to admire and photograph lotus flowers, which adding strong cultural tinge to the Festival. During the flowering of lotus flowers, with the clusters of bowl-shaped lotus contending each other in fascination, the beauty and fragrance will spread the Park, intoxicating people with the breeze. Rafting on the lake in summer, the blowing lotus breeze and whirling shadow present you fairyland-like scenery. In the prosperity of lotus flowers in summer, visitors can be spoiled with fascination of endless green and glorious red. The 15 thousand square meters of red lotus and space lotus of more than 300 varieties in the lake, and more than 10 thousand potted lotus spread in the Park can present you "unsullied and unsophisticated" beauty, and make you relax in the "willow reflection in water and mixture of lotus fragrance and summer breeze". Lianhuachi Park is not only unique in natural scenery; it is also a lotus paradise that reconciles lotus culture and modern tinge. On the lotus festival of each year, the Park digs the connotation of lotus culture and presents the glamour of lotus to visitors; it has also launched a variety of cultural activities such as exhibition of lotus-chanting calligraphies and paintings by masters, poem and couplet exhibition, lotus photography works exhibition, Gao Zhanxiang's Lianhuachi Photography Works Exhibition, and exhibition of excellent lotus-chanting works by middle school students and pupils of Fengtai District. The profound historical and cultural foundation, rich cultural connotation and beautiful garden construction of Lianhuachi Park continuously attract visitors for sightseeing. Lianhuadu (marina): covers 150 thousand square meters of water, there are battery boats, water cycles, rowing boats and laser target-shooting boats available for visitors. Twelve Chinese Zodiacs Tracking Garden: locates in the northwest of the Park, and there is a cultural rock by every lifelike Chinese zodiac sculpt, on which the words tell the character and behavioral characteristics of people of that Chinese zodiac; visitors can take picture with their own Chinese zodiac and check themselves against the words on the rock for similarities for fun. Lotus fairy and lotus root man: the aesthetic sculpture tells a sad but moving fairy tale and will give you a deep impression.
Address: No.38, West Third Ring Middle Rd, Fengtai District, Beijing Tel: 63972892, 63951656 Business hours: 6:00—21:00 from April to October; 6:30—20:00 from November to March of the following year Fare: RMB2 / person, free for the disabled How to get here: 1. South Plaza of Beijing West Railway Station: (into the Park through the east gate) bus No. 72, 349, 53, 410, 616, 109, 122 2. Wujiacunlu: (into the Park through the east gate or the south gate) bus No. 927 Qu, 927 Zhuan, 941, 981, 981 Linkuai, 982, 993 and 997 3. Nouth Plaza of Beijing West Railway Station: (go through underground hall to south plaza and into the east gate of the Park) bus No. 65, 802, 21, 437, 52, 320, 695, 373, 319, 374, 387, 823, Te-6, 320 Qujian and 937 4. Liuliqiaobeili: (into the west gate of the Park) bus No. 300, 301, 323, 324, 368, 394, 473, 483, 50, 57, 613, 616, 620, 631, 661, 662, 694, 698, 937 feeder, 937 Zhuan, 937 feeder 3, 944, 968, 977, 699, 65867, 901, 321, 339, 620, 836, Yuntong 120, Yuntong 108, Yuntong 201, Te 2 and Te 8 5. Liuliqiaodong or Lianhuachi: (into the Park through the south gate or the east gate) bus No. 38, 6, 349, 340, 620, 309, 57, 394, 715, 704, 613, 917, 687, 390, 477, 691 and Te-7 [Self-Driving] 1. You can drive from south to north along West Third Ring Road, pass Liuliqiao, turn off to side road and keep driving for 300 meters to the west parking lot of Lianhuachi Park on the east side of the road. 2. You can also drive north from the traffic light of Liangguanglu and Beijing West Railway Station South Road to the west of south plaza of Beijing West Railway Station where the east parking lot of the Park is located.