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Take in the sunshine with these great outdoor activities

2012-05-30 03:33:13 GMT2012-05-30 11:33:13(Beijing Time)  City Weekend

Hiking is a great way to stretch your legs and get away from the daily grind.

For those whose handicap has taken a serious setback during the winter, now is the time to make your comeback

Spring has sprung, and that means dusting off your gear, checking that your sun block hasn't expired and getting outside for some exercise. Whether you're into hiking the hills or swinging a golf club, the capital has a wide range of outdoor activities and now's the time to get involved.

Grab your bike and join one of the many bike tours in the capital that range from easy, half-day tours around the city to challenging mountain bike trails in the Fragrant Hills. Bike Beijing offers a range of bike tour packages from RMB300 to RMB1,500. Or get your blood pumping with the Fixed Gear Bike Club as they cycle around city.

Hiking is a great way to stretch your legs and get away from the daily grind. Culture Yard, China Culture Center and the Beijing Hikers offer scenic hikes around different parts of the Great Wall and some hilly areas on the weekends. Prices start at RMB300 for a hike, and include transportation.

Whether you are training for a marathon or just want to get ready for bikini season, HeyRunning can help. Available in Chaoyang and Shunyi for RMB20 per session, it's an excellent way to make your run fun.

Take yourself to new heights with outdoor rock climbing in Ritan park. The Dianshi Club is open seven days a week throughout the climbing season, from spring until fall. Climb for a day for just RMB40, with the necessary equipment, such as shoes and ropes, provided. Or escape the urban jungle with the rock climbing day trips at Beijing Climbing Club.

For those whose handicap has taken a serious setback during the winter, now is the time to make your comeback. Beijing has a slew of driving ranges and golf courses around town to practice your swing, so access isn't a problem. Join the Beijing Golfer's Club for a RMB1,200 annual membership fee that gets you a discount on the gate fee at different courses, as well as a USGA worldwide handicap.

The Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Park in Shunyi is a great place for sailing, rowing or kayaking. The on-site Olympic Rowing and Canoeing Center offers the necessary equipment for RMB150 an hour and up, depending on your water sport of choice. The Aofan Sailing Club offers training for both children over 7 years old and adults on the weekends, for RMB2,000 for 10 class hours.

Build muscle, balance and a sense of peace with taichi in the park. Taichi master Winser Zhao is one of the many teachers around Beijing who offers classes on the weekend in parks around town for roughly RMB100 per class. Give him a call to find out where he'll be having his next class at 136-2120-0844.

Improve your hand-eye coordination with a round of tennis. Get your game on at the Beijing International Tennis Center which offers courts for non-members for RMB300 per hour and RMB100 per hour for members. It's only around RMB100 an hour at the Chaoyang Park tennis courts (6591-8383), but you have to buy a RMB3,000 card to get started, and make reservations.

For some fun in the sun, try a good game of ultimate frisbee. Beijing Ultimate plays in various locations around Beijing twice a week, as well as pick-up games at Beijing City International School for RMB20 per session.

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