Qingxi Country Park is 22 square kilometers of nature, with 185 different species of wild birds and a great variety of landscapes. Entrance is free, but you pay 20rmb to take a sightseeing trolley to a trailhead. From there, you can wander among fields of lotuses and water lilies. Along the way, there are bird blinds where you can view some of the local fauna — perfect if you have a pair of binoculars or a camera with a telephoto lens. The path takes you to a wood plank walkway that winds through a sunken cypress forest and then around Dalian Lake, the park's centerpiece.