Beijing has plenty of parks to afford rest and relaxation to Beijingers. Most parks are quite beautiful with gates, pavilions, ponds and altars to take the breath away. In ancient times the parks were only used by royal families, for sacrifices to gods or for indulging in their leisure activities. Nowadays, these parks are open to public. The parks are always a great place to relax, take the kids to play or people watch the locals flying kites or practicing their morning exercise. It is a great tunnel to witness the fascinating culture of Beijing life.