Visiting the 2008 Olympics and bringing the family? Beijing can be lots of fun for the sports lovers as well as their kids. Check out these ideas for fun activities for kids and kid-friendly places to stay in Beijing:
The Beijing Haiyangguan (Aquarium) is the largest inland aquarium in the world. The aquarium opened in 1999 and has some beautiful fish for your kids to admire. There are daily dolphin shows and the Beijing Zoo is just a 15-minute walk away. The entertainment value of the Beijing Zoo has raised many eyebrows but the Panda House has seen recent improvements and is sure to be a fun and learnful experience for your children.
Liu Ren Papercut House
Paper-cutting artist Liu Ren set up a museum in her Beijing home. She promotes the traditional folk art of jianzhi - paper cutting – and offers workshops at her home.
Milu Park is located in the Southern Marshes where Chinese Emperors used to hunt deer. It is an ecological center where animals can be visited. The main attractions are the Milu – or Père David’s Deer – a species of deer today only known in captivity. The vast marshlands of Milu Park also hold other endangered species of animals. Definitely worth a visit.
Where to stay
The following Beijing hotels on Venere.com all offer babysitting services and then some…
The 4-star Beijing Courtel Hotel offers babysitting services, an outdoor play area and 24-hour room service.
The hotel is housed in a traditional Chinese building and boasts state-of-the-art amenities. The food served at the hotel is a fusion between the Mediterranean cuisine and Chinese traditional food.
The 5-star luxury Kempinski Hotel offers babysitting services, a children’s swimming pool and indoor as well as outdoor playing areas.
The hotel is located in the Beijing Business District and features 7 restaurants, an outdoor tennis court, a squash court and table tennis facilities.
The hotel’s guest rooms overlook either the Liangma River or the Beijing skyline.
Picture of the Beijing Aquarium by Cygnus78