Another big tourist spot in Beijing is the Temple of Heaven. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_of_Heaven The temple itself is a beautiful structure surrounded by some rather large and ceremonious halls. Outside of the temple is a massive park area. Inside you'll find people practicing tai chi, playing card games, mahjong, kite flying, or just hanging out. The entire park area has much to see and do inside of it. If I lived in BJ I could see spending a weekend day here just chilling out.