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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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  • If you are visiting the forbidden city leaving the same head on the left you can relax and live a little peace and quiet
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  • It is a nice Park, but there are plenty of parks in Beijing so up to you to select the one you want to see if on a short stay. Still a good place to go either early in the morning to see the locals ac...  read more »
  • This place is good for a lazy day or evening walk around the lake to visit some shops and Hutongs. Kind of touristy and not a lot to do, but interesting none the less. I would not put this high on you...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Located in the center of Beijing, the Beihai Park is an imperial garden to the northwest of the Forbidden City. It was first built during the Liao Dynasty (907-1125), then continuously rebuilt and renovated in the Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. It is one of the largest Chinese gardens and contains numerous historically important structures, palaces and temples. The Beihai Park covers a total area of 69 hectares, with a lake that occupies more than half of the entire park, and a 32 meters high Qionghua Island. The same as most of Chinese imperial gardens, the Beihai Park was built to imitate the famous scenic spots and architectures from various regions of China: the Taihu Lake, the elaborate pavilions and canals in Hangzhou and Yangzhou, the delicate garden structures in Suzhou and others. The structures and scenes in the Beihai Park are described as masterpieces of gardening technique that reflects the style and the superb architectural skill and richness of traditional Chinese horticulture.
  • Good park for relaxing and take a stroll at the lakeside. Great view from top of the island hill at the sugar hat. Only small admission.
  • Nice little park just off the forbidden city. The island and lake are really quite scenic. Great place to go after visiting the forbidden city.
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