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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. Make Beihai Park (Beihai Gongyuan) part of your personalized Beijing itinerary using our Beijing trip itinerary planning app.
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  • The Beihai Park scavenger hunt with Bespoke travel was the best way to experience Beihai park with the family. So many interesting places, stories and details to discover in one glorious place...  more »
  • This is a pretty park to the NW of the Forbidden City that is enjoyed by many local families. You can rent boats in the summer and ice skates in the winter. There are a number of pathways to stroll...  more »
  • We could see this park from the top of Jingshan park, especially its landmark white Dagoba. As it was near Jingshan park, we walked here after visiting Jingshan park. Quite nice to walk around...  more »
  • A breathtakingly beautiful place at sunset and a stroll around was one of the highlights of my trip to Beijing. There were a substantial amount of tourists taking photos, so it can be difficult to take a good shot with your camera at these peak times. Perhaps sunrise would be quieter and a good opportunity for an iconic photo. There were some little paddlers I saw chained up at the waters edge which I assume can be used during sunny days. Well worth stopping by if you are a tourist in Beijing.
  • Wow. Amazing to skate on the frozen lake. And so pretty during winter.
  • Beihai Park is a beautiful park that we accidentally stumbled upon after leaving the Forbidden City and we are super happy that we decided to walk through it. There is a small fee (approx $1-2 per person). When compared to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City we enjoyed that there were less tourist to battle when taking pictures and enjoying the views. Also compared to other parks, we felt like this one was better maintained. I highly recommend adding Beihai Park to your Beijing travel itinerary.
  • Beautiful park! I walked around the whole lake which took 5 hours but it was worth it! I'm so glad we got a hotel by the lake because this place was gorgeous! I even went on an electrical boat that you drive yourself which was very fun!
  • This is the park that has the white dragon pagoda. A pagoda is simply a tower that has an ancient relic within it. Going up to the pagoda is a great place to start but what really takes your breath away is the lake! There is a huge lake with lily pads and they have boats that take you all around the lake. It was so peaceful and serene.

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