Taoranting Park

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Coordinates: 39°52′21″N 116°22′32″E / 39.872439°N 116.375463°E / 39.872439; 116.375463

Taoranting Park (simplified Chinese: 陶然亭公园; traditional Chinese: 陶然亭公園; pinyin: Táorántíng Gōngyuán) is a city park located to the north of Beijing's Southern Railway Station in Xuanwu District, the southern part of the city. A former location for literati to get together, while most of Beijing's gardens were reserved only for imperial families during the Qing Dynasty, it gained its name from a poem by the Tang Dynasty poet Bai Juyi, "Wait till the chrysanthemums are yellow and home-made wine is ripe, (I'll) drink with you and be carefree."(更待菊黄家酿熟,与君一醉一陶然).

The park has a total area of 59 acres (240,000 m2), and water area accounts for 17 acres (69,000 m2). It was built in 1952. There are Cibei An, Taoran Pavilion in it. It also hosts the tomb of Gao Junyu and Shi Pingmei as well as that of Sai Jinhua.

Taoran Pavilion was built in Kangxi 34th year (1695), Qing Dynasty. The chief engineer, Jiang Zao (江藻), who supervised the kiln workshop, oversaw the construction.

The park has a lake with many pavilions scattered around its bank. It is popular with residents and visitors for walking and boating.

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