Beijing is a big and busy city.
Most people live with their family which may include kids or grandparents.
There seems to be a lack of quiet time and alone time.
So, people make due the best they can.
And, it seems, for some, the best they can do is a tent by the river.
I’ve noticed that the tents only show up on weekends.
It is usually only two people and I’ve yet to see any kids in or around the tents.
I’m thinking it is a romantic escape since hotels may cost too much and maybe people don’t want their names down on a receipt or hotel register.
Either way, I find it a very novel, and romantic, way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and return back to nature. All in the middle of 23 million people.