The most famous four pavilions in China 2: Taoran Pavilion


Taoran Pavilion(陶然亭) is the best known spot within Taoranting Park and is also from where the park gets its name. Taoran Ting is listed as one of China's four famous historical pavilions, together with Aiwan Pavilion in Changsha, Zuiweng Pavilion in Chuzhou, and Huxin Pavilion in Hangzhou. It was built in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and enjoyed great fame at that time. Scholars often frequented this pavilion, gathering there reciting and composing poetry and essays, or just to relax, admiring the beauty of the moon. After the foundation of People's Republic of China, it was rebuilt and since then has been greatly enjoyed by Beijing citizens.


Taoran Pavilion is part of Cibei Temple (Mercy Temple). Mercy Temple is seated on the southwest of the island which is in the center of one of the park's lakes and was built more than 700 years ago in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). It is not only a scenic spot but also a museum containing many cultural relics. Within the temple, the history of the park is explained; stele inscriptions are exhibited and more amazingly, some stone scripture pillars of the Liao Dynasty (916-1125) and the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234) are displayed, which date back to more than 900 years ago.



The China Garden of Famous Pavilions has been dubbed 'The Garden of Gardens' and opened to the public in 1985. The park contains 36 pavilions in total, of which ten are full sized replicas of famous pavilions in China such as Orchid Pavilion,Canglang Pavilion,Duxing and Zuiweng Pavilions and so on from ten cities covering six provinces. These pavilions were arranged in such harmonious balance with the scenery that visitors will lose themselves within the beauty of their setting.


Visitors can entertain and refresh themselves either in the Mini Golf Center or at Water Wonder Land and see the Peacock, China Rose, and Deer Gardens and so on as well.


Admission Fee: CNY 2

Opening Hours: 07:10 to 20:30

Recommended Time for a Visit: 45 minutes

Subway: Subway Line 4: get off at Taoranting Station; the park is to the east.

Bus Route: Take bus no.53, 63, 72, 84, 122, 458, 800, 927(), 958, 997 or 3 and get off at Taoranting Park South Gate.

Take bus no.40, 59, 213 or 613 and get off at Taoranting Park North Gate.

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