The Purple Bamboo Park (Zi Zhu Yuan Gong Yuan)
Historical records show that before the third century, Purple Bamboo
Park's three lakes had been dug reaching the upper reaches of the
Gaoliang (Sorghum) River, and a famous Gaoliang Bridge stood nearby
to the east. In the 13th century, the lakes of Purple Bamboo Park
served as a reservoir providing much of the needed water to the
growing city of Beijing. In the late Yuan Dynasty, the mathematician
and astronomer Guo Shoujing built a canal along the upper reaches of
the Gaoliang River with locks to regulate the water diverted from
the White River Dam, the Jade Spring Mountain, and other nearby
waterways. Later, however, the canal was neglected and gradually
became obsolete. During the Republican period it was filled in and
rented out as paddy fields. After the revolution, the People's
Government transformed the fields into a new park.
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This location also has a network of lakes and canals to
explore by boat or ice chair, as well as a spacious playground with
a sea of balls, slides, rocking horses, and more. You could make it
an enriching educational day by asking your children to pick out the
ten plus different species of bamboo found on site.
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