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Beihai Park (Beihai Gongyuan), Beijing

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Explore a lush urban park and a former royal garden located northwest of the city at Beihai Park (Beihai Gongyuan). Built during the 11th century, the park holds the title as one of largest gardens in China, and it houses many important historical palaces, traditional temples, and elaborate pavilions. Resting at an area of 69 hectares (171 acres), a lake covers more than half of the public area's surface with Jade Flower Island at its center. Visit a large collection of prominent structures throughout the park. Some cultural sites require an admission fee. Using our custom trip planner, Beijing attractions like Beihai Park (Beihai Gongyuan) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Pay the 10 yuan ($1.50) to get inside. It is a lovely place of quiet and respite in an otherwise bustling city. Gorgeous walking paths and views of the city. 
  • Beihai Gongyuan, Palace of Invierno-Parque Lake of the North) is a beautiful and charming place. The atmosphere is very welcoming. When we went to this place we realized how important that is to bring the places written in Chinese. We helped much to find the road. Only pay the entrance to the Park (10 CNY pp). On the island of Jade rises Bai Ta (White Pagoda) of 35 meters in height and a Buddhist sacred place from 1,651, built in Tibetan style. The views are beautiful from the shore of the Lake. We climbed up to above to see the Lake. All the place was very animated both by tourists as for people local. There was a group of people of medium age dancing that encouraged the place. You can rent boats to go by the Lake.
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  • I went there at night and it was a nice night walk. I recommend it once the sun is gone and everything is closed (everything close so early in Beijing in winter !) 
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  • I personally like this park more than the other tourist attractions as they left some of the temples as they are without re-repainting them in horrifying blue. It is not as crowded as summer palace and is smaller. But it's serene and nonetheless a beautiful sight.
  • This park is near the Forbidden city. The views are amazing. The park has many historically important structures, palaces and temples.
  • Beautiful park on the water. Beijing's smog is it's only real detractor.
  • It's directly accessible from exit B of the Beihai North metro station on line 6. Gate fee is 5 RMB. It's winter season, lakes are frozen and there's no activity from the boats. The park is large so it's a long walk around the lake, but the landscape is beautiful. As you approach the White Dagoba, your excitement only grows. A lot of walkers use the park, and there's ice skating, ice biking, and sledding on the frozen lake.
  • It is nice place to spend your day, relax and enjoy!