Olympic Forest Park
Olympic Forest Park
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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CameronP432
Beijing, China162 contributions
Sep 2012 • Solo
Why I give this a 5? Because I live in Beijing. I agree that if you are here on a 3 day holiday then there is no reason to come to the park, but for someone who lives here, this is the best park in Beijing. For one the park is the largest in Beijing. For another, it's perfect for runners; it has measured course distances of 3km, 5km and 10km. There isn't another place in Beijing with such facilities, and this is especially important when running outside your door-front is downright crazy, and near impossible. In the warmer months this is also the best place to have a picnic. You can actually find places here where there are few people, a surprising rarity in this city. Consider this place to be Beijing's competitor to Hangzhou's West Lake, or Nanjing's Xuanwu Lake, only with less lake and less cultural attractions, but with more forest and more seclusion.
Written December 27, 2012
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William Wang
34 contributions
Nov 2013 • Friends
overall this place is very good at night.. when you come here at morning or afternoon, they are nothing to see.. just like a regular sport centre in your country.. its just this olympic park is bigger then i ever see in my country..

but when you come at night, the tower, the "bird nest" look alike centre, and others place is very very good.. there is enough light for you to take a pic at night here.. worth for you to come and see this place at night even so far away from the center of beijing city..

my suggest is, dont take a personal car here since hard to find parking lot here.. except you are willing to walk so long away to enter this olympic park from available parking lot.. its better to have a subway going here.. its not hard to find this place in subway map.. just remember that this place is at line 8 of beijing subway.. so you can consider what is fastest route from you hotel area to get transit to line 8 of this olympic park..
Written October 5, 2014
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lulu10007
Bamberg, Germany111 contributions
Jul 2014 • Solo
It is a nice one day trip, if one wants to get out of the busy city life and just enjoy the day in the park. Close to the Olympic center and easily accessible with Subway line 8. You can rent a kind of golf cart motorized like a bicycle if you don't like to walk or have a boat tour on the sea. Culturally there isn't that much to see there, however the nature and surrounding is clean, quiet and peaceful.
The least walking distance you will take is about 3km as this is also made as a running/exercising park, which gives a great opportunity for those staying close to the park and wanting to have a jog in the day (3km, 5km or 10km) There are signs everywhere reminding you of the distance you have already accomplished.
So also bring comfortable shoes!! There is no entrance fee, but be in mind that there are small shops on the map, however only few of them are actually open and what they sell is only some probably expensive drinks and some ice cream. So, especially if you want to spend the day there or exercise, stop at a Supermarket and buy food and drinks before you start your trip. There are some more stands in front the Subway station, however they don't offer as much and are not really cheap. And don't forget headwear.

Summarizing, if you have the weekend/day and don't know what to do, go there and take a walk :)
Written July 16, 2014
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Qupnicely
Beijing, China5,175 contributions
Apr 2011
...but I suspect most overseas tourists won't have given themselves enough time in Beijing to see the outlying city attractions such as this. The south gate of the Olympic Forest Park lies directly north of the Bird's Nest and Water Cube, about 25 minutes walk up the central axis. It can also be reached by subway line 8. There is a small children's fun fair close to the entrance and boats can be hired on the lake just behind. At the time of writing, construction work on the northern extension of line 8 has resulted in a large part of the lake being cordoned off. The park is extensive; in fact, it covers such a large area that there is probably more than can possibly be seen in one day. I've been here more times than I can actually remember but have not yet visited all the different areas. The Arboretum and underwater tunnel are still on my list of things to do, for example.

Partly because it is so big, it is a relatively peaceful and quiet escape from the normal hustle and bustle of the city, especially on working weekdays. It is possible to wander smaller paths, designed or trodden in, as well as the main arteries and roadways. However, the latter are less appealing, I feel, and function better as routes for the sightseeing carts than foot traffic. Entry to the park is free but the sightseeing carts are quite expensive. It is also possible to hire electric buggies or quad-cycles on a deposit basis which are then charged by the half-hour. The trouble with these is that you have to take them back to the station you started from so you can't use them to travel through the park to leave by another exit, as such. I did have a quad-cycle once and just managed to go from the east to the west side and back before the hour ticked over - just. Of course, you can't really leave the things unattended to go looking about while you're in a different area and, as I said before, the roadways aren't really that interesting in and of themselves.

The park was created for the 2008 Games but didn't actually open to the public until the event was well over. And herein lies the least attractive aspect of the place and the main reason why I haven't rated it any higher: it is a very young park. I can actually remember cycling through the rubble and desolation of nothingness that remained after the area was levelled five years before the Games. The intention is laudable and I definitely would recommend it as a place to visit. However, as yet, it lacks the establishment or maturity of vegetation to render it any more than a work-in-progress and has more of a 'managed' feel to it, akin to the Botanical Gardens, rather than a 'natural' feel, like Fragrant Hill Park, for example. It will change for the better in due course, if allowed to prosper, but at the moment it retains a perceptible sense of artificiality.
Written April 12, 2011
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Tanzer856
6 contributions
Aug 2019
Nothing special here, just the name of olympic stadio makes citizens crazy. It was not worth my time.
Written January 14, 2020
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jrtaylorfl
Wesley Chapel, FL48 contributions
Nov 2019
It was a great experience to walk around Olympic Forest Park. The Bird's Nest and Olympic torch were great to observe first hand. The engraved wall with all the Special Olympian's names was a special sight to see and experience. This is a relaxing way to spend some time in Beijing.
Written December 14, 2019
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MikeJuliya
Colombo, Sri Lanka682 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
Very beautiful place , I recommend you to visit there in the evening and night also beautiful there.
Written July 16, 2018
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Jim Timber
Greater Manchester, UK89 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
We went here after visiting the Olympic park, great choice. You can walk a 3k or a 10k route, take a motorised car or, as we did, hire an electric boat and gently drift around the park. A big flock of heron and loads of ducks and fish. We thought it cost 400rmb but when we returned we got 320 back so it's 80 for a big 5 seater boat and a deposit. Definitely worth a visit.
Written October 24, 2017
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cathypangw
Beijing, China34 contributions
May 2016 • Couples
The forest part is free and very big, including the south park and the north park. It has a 10.7 km track, which attracts a lot of people to run in the park. Except in winter, the park is filled with people, running, walking, strolling and camping on weekends. Try not to go there on weekends if you want away from crowds, or try to go as early as you can in the morning. There won't be less people in the late afternoon because the park is next to the Birds Nest and Water Cubic, and many people visit the park first and then go to watch the night-time lighting of the Birds nest and Water Cubic.
Written May 3, 2016
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Mat2818
Jinja, Uganda282 contributions
Aug 2015 • Friends
this place is huge. I suggest you take the tram for 30RMB or rent a mini car for 100RMB or a bicycle to see the whole thing. Admission is free and when you get out of the subway, you are there. Bring snacks or lunch as there are no restaurants and the two mini stores only sell drinks and snacks at a very high price.

It is a nice park, but nothing special. Trees, canals, lakes, just like other Chinese parks. If you only have time to see one park, visit YuanMingYuan-far better and prettier. However the "Bird's Nest" and "Water Cube" are very close so you can see these as part of your trip. Have fun!
Written September 5, 2015
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