Built in 1984, Chaoyang (Sun) Park is Beijing’s largest park and one of the quietest places for running in central Beijing. It’s located between the E 3rd Ring Rd. & E 4th Ring Rd. A path connected Just Chaoyang to Honglingjin Park, which can be combined or run standalone. Note: admission fee is required for Chaoyang.
Chaoyang Park. The park is very green, with many paved paths throughout. A positive for visitors is the presence of English language signs. There are flower gardens, a fairground with rides, Sony ExploraScience, landscaped areas and several large swimming pools. Bicycles and boats may also be hired at various locations in the park. In terms of running, it is difficult to describe a particular route, since there are so many paths, and there is not a straightforward ‘park perimeter’ path. There are some lovely nature gardens, fountains, and landscaped areas. The park was the site of the Olympic Volleyball tournament, which has been turned into a bathing beach with open air pool and volleyball courts. MORE INFORMATION
Honglingjin Park. This park is located at the junction of East Fourth Ring Road and Chaoyang Beilu. It’s a pleasant space, with a 2 km path around a lake. There’s a 1.2 km connector path from the South Gate of Chaoyang Park. Adding on Honglingjin Park from Cahoyang Park is a 4.5 km out and back.
Add-On: Tuanjiehu Park, located 2 km south of Chaoyang, is a small, pleasant park with a 1.3 km path around its interior.