Time flies, even before you are aware of it, Xiaoshu has passed for 10 days and Dashu is coming , the hottest summer of the year is really on its way! When the high temperature strikes, you may always feel like somewhere beautiful and a cool to calm down, i.e. go for a cool trip in the hot summer. Today, we will recommend some wetland parks with wooden bridges, flying birds and various cute flowers and plants, which are really good places to relax yourself. Just plan your trip now!
Hanshiqiao Wetland Park
Hanshiqiao Wetland is the only large reed marsh wetland in the plain area of Beijing. The water surface is clear, the green fields are vast, the reeds are swaying, and the waterbirds are singing. It is like a sea with spectacular scenery. Walking along the reeds, watching the green hills and floating clouds in the distance, and occasionally there are waterbirds flying, really worthy of the title of “Little Baiyangdian in Beijing Suburb”.
In 2019, the Wetland Office comprehensively analyzed the observation data of more than ten years, and found that there were 182 species of 17 orders, 50 families of birds. Compared with the year 2005, there were an increase of 29 species, i.e. 19%. 111 of them are protected species, accounting for 61% among all, and the Wetland is a habitat and transit station for the migration of many rare and endangered birds. This year, Hanshiqiao Wetland Birdwatching in spring also borken two “new records”, Goldcrest and Blackbird appeared for the first time here.
Hanshiqiao Wetland Scenic Area has large-scale sightseeing boats, battery boats, pedal boats, zodiac boats and boats in particular shapes. They are all specially designed with simple colours that correspond with nature. The visiting area of the water is 500 acres. When “riding the wind and waves” in the lake, you can enjoy a variety of aquatic plants such as chrysanthemum, cattail, iris, lotus, water lily, as well as birds such as small soak, heron, egret, black water chicken and so on.
Address: Hanshiqiao Wetland, Muyan Road, Shunyi District, Beijing
Yeyahu (Wild Duck Lake) Wetland Park
Located at the foot of Badaling Great Wall, Wild Duck Lake Wetland Park is known as “Jiangnan in North Beijing”. It is the largest wetland nature reserve in North China and one of the few wetland bird nature reserves.
Wild Duck Lake Wetland Park has more than 1.5 million square meters of water surface, with a swamp area of more than 50,000 acres. The four seasons here are distinct, with unique landscape, and vegetation and water coverage of above 90%.
Clear water, blue sky, beautiful wetland landscape... Come to the Wild Duck Lake, you will find yourself in the purest nature!
The green mountains and water and trees of the Wild Duck Lake all retain the beauty of the original ecology of the countryside. This is a place with great fun of wild life, and almost all people who come here will linger and not willing to return.
Wild Duck Lake is also one of the most ideal places for birdwatching lovers in Beijing. Here you can see that the wild ducks walking in the reed grass and the gulls flying in the air.
Blessed with good natural environment, it has been approved as a Municipal Wetland Bird Nature Reserve in Beijing by the Beijing Municipal Government in Dec. 2000. It is also a national site for studying precious, typical, and rare birds.
Flocks of wild geese and ducks fly overhead and sometimes rest in groups in the lake, and gray cranes and cormorants passing by from time to time in the sky looking for new territory. The birds are bathed in the golden sunlight, on the quiet lake, in the blue sky... Such vivid scene will make you feel very comfortable.
Address: West of Liuhaoying Village, Kangzhuang Town, Yanqing District, Beijing
Dongjiao Wetland Park
Dongjiao Wetland Park is really big enough to hold boundless scenery in this vast world.
Entering from the west gate of the park, you can see the Yuling Lake, which is known as the First Lake in Jingdong. The clear water sparkles in the sun, and it looks as if it is connected by water and sky. Looking at the Lancui Tower above, as the commanding height, it is truly worthy of the name. The beautiful scenery in the garden is unobstructed, and you can see the verdant green everywhere.
There is a internet celebrity site-Lover Wharf. White swan-like buildings, purple romantic flowers on the ground, couple’s cartoon avatar at the front, red and white love symbols, and a series of other elements, all form a very romantic must-see place for couples.
Going all the way north to the North Gate, you will find ponds on both sides of the Baisha Guanlu (White Sand Heron Watching) Scenic Spot, most of which are planted with unique white lotus flowers, and you will truly understand the prose “How stainless it rises from its slimy bed! How modestly it reposes on the clear pool!”. Gently swaying in the breeze, the lotus are heavenly gorgeous when it’s still as well as moving!
Wetland scenery is the most characteristic feature here. The wooden planks hidden in it are criss-crossed, walking in it, you can enjoy beautiful scenery with every step, and see more various little animals moving freely in the pond.
In addition, the Dongjiao Wetland Park also has a tent building area, which is a resort for family and children to spend the weekend, you can’t miss it!
Address: East 6th Ring Road, Tongzhou District, Beijing
Nanhaizi Park was the largest wetland in Beijing. As the royal hunting ground of the Liao, Jin, Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties and the royal courts of the Ming and Qing dynasties, it has been listed as one of the “Ten Scenes of Yanjing”.
Nanhaizi Park is not only one of Beijing’s four largest country parks, but also the largest wetland park. With waves, flowers, and elks, you might feel like being in the wild land and unwilling to return... As Beijing’s largest wetland park, Nanhaizi’s size is equivalent to that of four Summer Palaces. It looks like a “sea” in Beijing, and even takes you 2-3 hours to walk around it.
Walking through the Nanhaizi Park, you can see the extremely endangered (even compared to panda) blue-headed pochard duck, the national second-level protected animal grebe, the white-headed sand duck and other birds flying freely in the sky; you can also see the swan, wild ducks, etc. playing in the clear river waves; you can hear the sly elk screaming in the colourful plants...
Address: Park South Ring Road, Daxing District, Beijing
Changping Shahe Ecological Wetland
In the Changping Shahe Ecological Wetland, the egrets fly freely, a variety of lotus flowers are competing to bloom, and a harmonious and beautiful ecological picture is slowly unfolding. Shahe Reservoir is located in Shahe Town, Changping District, a wetland very close to the city centre. Although small in size, it is a treasure that bird watching enthusiasts must not miss!
Forest and water, blue and green, the breeze is blowing, and the sun is shining. In recent years, with the strengthening in environmental protection, the water surface of the reservoir area has gradually expanded, water quality has gradually improved, aquatic plants have been enriched, and the water ecology has also gradually shown vitality. Migratory birds come and stay here every year.
A large number of people come here every day, or walk in the woods by the lake, or exercise along the lake on a bicycle. There are also people capturing the first ray of sunshine and birds with their photography equipment. You can always come here and experience a different beauty!
Various birds, some dancing in the sky, some perching on treetops, some sucking duckweed on the water, freely roaming among the green trees on mountains, attracting many photography enthusiasts and tourists come to watch and take pictures.
The various lotus flowers in the lotus pond, pink and white, are blooming under the scorching sun, and become more and more glamorous under the background of a green lotus leaf. In the patch of lotus leaves, there are some lotus buds waiting to be released, revealing their pink little head, which is really coy and cute.
The reservoir is cooler in the morning and evening. Come here during sunset and enjoy the stunning view. What a great place for relaxation!
Address: Shahe Town, Changping District, Beijing
Niukouyu Wetland Park
Niukouyu Wetland Park is located about 2km southwest of Chengguan in Fangshan District, Beijing. It is located in the hilly area at the junction of Taihang Mountain and North China Plain. Niukouyu Reservoir was built in 1959 and covers an area of 1.4k㎡ with a catchment area of 800,000㎡.
Niukouyu Wetland Park is equipped with wood-plastic bridge, viewing platform, walking path, rest pavilion, children’s entertainment area and other facilities, together with the cruise area to provide tourists with a variety of leisure and entertainment experiences. Through the Niukouyu Wetland Park exhibition hall platform and the publicity exhibition boards in the pavilion, etc., an ecological education trip route was established to enhance the public’s environmental awareness and promote environmental protection concepts.
The park has wet meadows of different densities and free water surface with floating aquatic plants, forming an ideal bird habitat. So far, more than 50 wild birds inhabit here, including the National Level 1 Protected Rare Bird black stork, Level 2 rare bird big swan, mandarin duck, sparrow hawk, goshawk, red kestrel, kestrel, and rare bird black bream, purple back bream, kingfisher, etc.
The park adopts the internationally popular “naturally treated wetland” design concept and provides shelter for biodiversity. During the construction of the wetland park, reeds, scallions, flat stalks and cattails were planted in the terraced ponds, and aquatic plants with high purification ability and high tolerance and submerged plants such as Myriophyllum spicatum, Echinocephala, Verticillata, etc., to deeply purify industrial external drainage.
Among the vast reed ponds, the great fun of natural wildness in the water lanes makes here a quiet and peaceful place. It is such a charming place that you can’t help but be immersed in it!
Address: Southwest of Chengguan, Fangshan District, Beijing