Wetlands tour around Beijing

08:52, March 31, 2010      

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Hanshiqiao park, which is located in Shunyi District of Beijing, has a wetland which is considered the only existing natural reed marsh in the capital. The wetland covers an area of about 1900 hectares, with 163.5 hectares of reed in the center of the area. (travel.sohu.com Photo)



Tour operators at the park offer bicycles and tourists can ride through the three major sections of the park, the forest area, the wetland and the road ringed lake. (travel.sohu.com Photo)


Wetlands, which cover only 6% of the Earth's surface, provide habitat to 20% of known species in the world.

Wetlands are called the "kidneys of the Earth" for their irreplaceable ecological function. In addition, they are also popular travel destinations. There are three wetland parks around Beijing, which lure city dwellers constantly for weekend escapes.

Hanshiqiao Wetland Park - Hide and Seek in the Reed.

Hanshiqiao park, which is located in Shunyi District of Beijing, has a wetland which is considered the only existing natural reed marsh in the capital. The wetland covers an area of about 1900 hectares, with 163.5 hectares of reed in the center of the area.

There are 292 species of plants in the nature reserve, with reeds, cattails, lotus and water lily making up the majority. The wetland is also home to 153 kinds of birds, many of which are nationally protected.

Every year from March to May and from September to November, numerous birds including rare species such as herring gulls, large swans, white-rumped grass snipes migrate to the wetland. Some of them breed here and from May to October, tourists can observe the reproduction and brooding of the birds.

Flowers of varying colors decorate the wetland in different seasons, among which, water lily and lotus are two species the wetland is most famous for.

The best way to tour Hanshiqiao Wetland Park – Family Bicycle Tour

Tour operators at the park offer bicycles and tourists can ride through the three major sections of the park, the forest area, the wetland and the road ringed lake.

Travel tips

The park is a 45-minute drive outside of downtown Beijing and is free to enter.

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