It’s getting sunny and warm again, and that means it's time to head outdoors. You can go to the parks, the gardens, Meijiawu, Longjing, golfing, climbing the mountains, or you can jump on a horse and ride away. Well, not really away. You ride around in a ring. If you've never been on a horse, this is a great way to learn. And when you want to get serious about it, you can even take lessons from Tony the trainer who hails from Taiwan. He speaks good English.
Go for half a day and take your time riding to give your derriere a break. Call early and book a space in the lounge. You can watch all the riders while sitting on comfortable sofas and sipping tea. Also remember to bring a bag of carrots to feed the horses (not obligatory). Go out back to the stables, and try to convince them you are a nice person so that they don't buck you off. Really, though, they are quite docile, so no need to worry about that, but a little bribe doesn't hurt.
True equestrians out there might think riding in a circle to be pretty boring, and to be honest, it is. But, there are supposed to be group trail rides out at least once a month. If you're interested, give them a call to find out when they're doing it. The club is a long way out of town to be sure, but its nice to get out of the city, and you can check out the newest tourist trap in town, the Oriental Cultural Park.
85RMB/3 times around, 220RMB/45 mins, 600RMB/half day, 1200RMB/day, Lessons 200RMB/45 mins. Take bus K561, 322, K322.