One Moon Art Gallery
Within Ditan Park, One Moon Art Gallery displays thoughtful contemporary Chinese art from a 16th-century-dynasty temple hall, a funky...
Xuanlong Pool Hall
Snooker and pool are both very popular with the Chinese. Many tip China’s top player Ding Junhui as a future world champion. For...
The coolest bike shop in Běijīng, Natooke sells fixed-gear bikes (from ¥2800), but also rents a small range of secondhand bikes (per day...
It’s a great space and as the only medium-sized venue in Běijīng, it hosts a fair few international bands. The venue hosts occasional...
Jīn Dǐng Xuān
By the south gate of Dìtán Park, this giant, busy, neon-lit, 24-hour restaurant on three floors serves up good-value dim sum, as well as...
Dìtán Park information
Directly north of the Lama Temple, but cosmologically juxtaposed with the Temple of Heaven (Tiāntán), the Altar of the Moon (Yuètán), the Altar of the Sun (Rìtán) and the Altar to the God of the Land and the God of Grain (Shèjìtán), Dìtán is the Temple of the Earth. The park, site of imperial sacrifices to the Earth God, lacks the splendour of Temple of Heaven Park but is certainly worth a stroll if you’ve just been to nearby Lama Temple.
You'll find locals flying kites, singing songs, strumming èrhú (two-stringed fiddle), practising taichi and keeping fit in the exercise park (northeast corner). The park’s large, open-air altar (fāngzé tán ) is square in shape, symbolising the earth. Sadly, recent renovation work has robbed it of some of its previous authenticity. During Chinese New Year a huge (though rather commercialised) temple fair is held here.