It’s summertime, which means it’s hot outside. If you’ve got a hankering for a refreshing pool day – and we know we do – Beijing has got some pretty amazing options. Here are a few of our picks for the best places to cool off in Beijing this summer. And if you're really serious, check out our guide on how to have the perfect pool day in Beijing.
Qingnianhu Park Water World is the perfect place if you’re in the Gulou area, and it's especially great for families. It’s a huge 1.5 hectare park filled with tons of pools, slides, hot tubs and water-themed play things. It also happens to be listed as one of China’s top 8 water parks. Not too shabby.
Open: Daily, 9am-5pm
Cost: RMB40 (adults), RMB30 (children)
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Located in the heart of Chaoyang, the Tuanjiehu Water Park has over 10,000 square meters of water. Yep, that's a lot of water. This place is massive and thankfully it opens just in time for summer. The massive park has all sorts of fun amenities – think wave pool, swimming pools, water slides and an artificial beach. It’s a great place for adults and kids alike, though it can get a bit crowded during the summer.
Open: 6.30am-9pm from May 28 to August 31
Cost: RMB40 on weekdays; RMB50 on weekends
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Crab Island is the largest water park in Beijing, complete with a fake sandy beach, a wave pool, lazy rivers and six swimming pools. For those looking for a little adrenaline rush, there are two water slides. One is 20 meters long and actually goes pretty fast. The other is a 30-meter-long slide that’s full of twists and turns. But if you’re just looking to relax, sunbathing on the beach works too.
Open: Daily 9am-9pm.
Cost: RMB60 (adults), RMB40 (kids under 1.4m), free (kids below 1m)
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If you’re looking for a pool with a view then this is the place to go. The luxurious pool is perched on the rooftop of the Emperor Hotel and overlooks the Forbidden City of all places. Can you ask for more?
Open: Daily 11am-midnight.
Cost: RMB 258 (three hours).
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Even the name makes us happy. This is definitely a water park you have to see to believe. The indoor park was built in the official aquatic center for the 2008 Summer Olympics. The water wonderland is filled with crazy colors, trippy slides and an AquaLoop ride. It’s a great place for adults and kids alike. And it is truly a one-of-a-kind water park.
Open: Daily 10am-9pm
Cost: RMB260 (adults), RMB220 (kids between 1.2m and 1.5m)
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True to its name Hot Spring Leisure City is dotted with mineral hot springs. It also houses an enormous hotel and water park and is the site of a great many of big Beijing parties. There are more than 50 hot spring pools located on the grounds.
Open: Daily 9am-10pm
Cost: RMB178, RMB128 (online), RMB100 (kids between 1.4m and 1.2m), free (kids under 1.2m).
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If you’re looking for a relaxing pool in Beijing, Doubletree by Hilton Beijing is a great option. You can get access to the pool on Sundays, when the hotel throws its Sunday BBQ (RMB228). Or you can always purchase a gym membership, which grants you access to the pool and fitness room. Otherwise booking a room will get you in.
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