Renmin Park (Renmin Gongyuan) is a charming and very typical Chinese park. Situated in the southwest of the city, this is a great place to relax and soak up some atmosphere while watching the Tai Ji (Shadow Boxing) or Wushu (Martial Art) enthusiasts work out.
The park consists of a pretty bonsai garden, a children's funfair and a Monument to the Martyrs. These sites are all situated around a lake where you can hire pedal boats. The nicest way to see the park is just to spend some time wandering around and taking in the ambience of the city. The gates open here at 6.30 am when the martial arts enthusiasts move in, and close at 2 am to allow for dancing to take place in the park squares.
Perhaps the best thing about this place however, is the wonderful teahouse in the grounds. Teahouses abound in this city and here is a particularly popular one with locals who come to sip, chat and stay all day!
Opening hours: 7:00 -- 14:00
Location: Jinhe Road
Transportation: Take trolleybus No. 4 from the center of town.