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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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  • You need to pay to get into the park but it is worth doing. The park used to be private to the Emperor for many years, obviously now it is open to the public for few yuans, not free. We really like th...  more »
  • The park itself is lovely. Peaceful and so large that it felt empty. We visited in the Spring, and the trees and flowers were in full bloom. The restaurant on the lake is beautiful, in evening it is l...  more »
  • This city centre park offers a pleasant option if you're looking for something which doesn't take up too much time. There's the White Pagoda, from the base of which you get good all round views of Bei...  more »
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  • Beautiful Place with a wide variety of flowers. An amazing cool breeze was flowing when we visited and the whole atmosphere was very peaceful despite so many people around. Would love to visit again!!
  • Beautiful park for relaxing and sightseeing. You can take one of the boats to explore the lake or climb the hill up to the white pagoda. There is a very nice view from up there.
  • Great place! Although crowded, like most of Beijing, this place really is beautiful, with a temple-like atmosphere. Lots of flowers there bloom during the spring, and if you're lucky, you may see artists painting calligraphy with water, and street performers playing traditional Chinese instruments. There is a small plaza there, with lots of restaurants and shops. Check the packages before you buy them though, as some may be ripped or opened, like mine. Also, DO NOT pay 15 yuan to go up the pagoda, the view isn't worth it. Also, the pagoda is getting some construction done on it, so it isn't safe either. The boat ride to the island, however, was very peaceful and zen. At the pavilions, you can see people singing Chinese oldies. There is also a large mosaic wall with dragons on it, a very beautiful place to take a picture!
  • It was serene and romantic and a contrast from the city that bustles beyond its walls. I visited around dusk so the sun was setting and the lanterns were just starting to glow. I started to feel subdued almost melancholy for some reason. An exquisitely beautiful city park.
  • A really nice place along the water. You can walk this all the up to the bar street up north.