Xiangjulou

Xiangjulou, Beijing: Address, Phone Number, Xiangjulou Reviews: 3.5/5

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Local place of interest... if you're passing
Sometimes people ask, ‘where do the locals go for a trip out of town?’ Well, this is one of those places that Beijingers will drive to for lunch and a bit of R&R. It isn’t on the tourist map, so to speak, and probably won’t be of interest to anyone on a short stay (less than a week) in Beijing unless combining it with a visit to another attraction north of the city. Located outside the 6th ring road, east off the Litang Rd - the map listing might be a bit off, private transport is really required to get to/from Xiangjulou. The closest attraction is probably the Aviation Museum at Xiaotangshan, due west, but it is en route (or rather, a minimal diversion) to the Mutianyu, Jiankou, or Huanghuacheng sections of the Great Wall (or Yinshan and Mangshan forest parks, for the more adventurous).
Aside from the restaurant, which has a good selection of fresh country fayre, the grounds have a separate pay-in park (currently 10rmb) that includes play areas and farm exhibits, as well as animal enclosures. It is suitable for both children and adults but some of the play areas are a little too ‘rustic’ for smaller children and parents need to be aware that most of the ‘adventure playground’ type of swings and slides etc. are ‘home-made’ and probably not up to any of the health & safety standards that westerners may be accustomed to.
The animal enclosures have a selection of mainly farm animals and they appear generally well-cared for. There is also a pony riding track and fishing ponds (separate charges), a few more exotic animals, a little maze, small areas planted with different crops – some of which you may pick and pay for, and working mock-ups of irrigation devices, ploughing machines, corn kernel strippers and the like. So there is partly an educational function to the exhibits, although there isn’t a lot in the way of labeling or legends and virtually no English language translations. Still, the kids seemed to enjoy the common-sense explanations from as much as I could fathom of the things.
I think it’s good for a couple of hours (in good weather - mostly outside) and a decent dinner and may appeal if you have time or are looking for something a little different with a more ‘rural’ feel, but generally speaking it’s probably not worth a special trip out for the average overseas visitor to Beijing.
Written October 2, 2010
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