A locals favourite in the summer time, this otherwise ordinary park has a wildly popular outdoor swimming complex with three water slides in the main pool and a collection of less-frightening slides and shoots in the shallower kids pool.
It’s quite old fashioned, but the children won’t care; especially if you buy them one of the two-foot long water pistols on sale at stalls by the entrance.
Don’t worry if you didn’t bring your swimmers to Beijing. You can buy everything you need here (swimming costumes, goggles, rubber rings, inflatable balls). There are also a few stalls running along one side of the complex selling savoury pancakes, noodles, lamb skewers, drinks (including bottles of beer) and snacks.
The pool area is floodlit in summer evenings.
If you don’t fancy swimming, there’s a large lake here too, where you can rent out pedal boats.
It’s free to enter the park, but it’s ¥40 to go swimming (¥30 for kids under 1.3m in height).
Qingnianhu Lu, off Andingmenwai Dajie