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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  • Beihai Park is located next to the forbidden city. You can enter from the south entrance, where there is direct access to the small island (in my opinion the best part of the Park). The visit is enjoyable even in winter: you will find very fascinating buildings and you can watch the beijingers who perform activities (traditional games and dances, tai chi). Keep in mind that in winter the Lake is frozen, so it's not easily available the boat to cross it: you will need to get to the North exit walk and walking is very long! The Park is also open on Mondays. On the island, the fortress was not open (I don't know if the closure is definitive or linked to the day or time of year), while the temple was open (you pay an extra ticket but well worth it). There are discounts for seniors (over 60 years), simply present your Passport at the ticket office.
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  • North of the forbidden city is a nice park that is worth a visit. The entrance fee is 5 yuan negligible. The park is situated around a large lake with a small island with a hill with beautiful buildings. Also for the joggers of us nice to go jogging and then into the park. Summers you can boating and ice skating in winter!
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  • Loved my trip to Beihai park. Lovely and cool, walked up to the Stupa the view was amazing. Easy to walk to the Drum Tower from here too  more »
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  • Really pretty park! Definitely has some of the most beautiful views you'll see in a Beijing park. The white tower costs extra to be admitted to, and, in my opinion, you don't really need to bother with it. The park is plenty enjoyable without the extra.
  • Beihai Park is one of them most beautiful parks in Beijing. Beijing is a very dry inland city, but there are decent "artificial" lakes in this area. Beihai Park is also connected with Shichahai and Houhai Lake, too. However, the way is pretty long.
  • Great place to go after seeing the Forbidden City. Easy walk. Fun to take the electric boats out on the water. Good dumpling restaurant in the park.
  • Best park to take amazing pictures and spectacular views. A must go place in Beijing. Great adventure!
  • Great Park with Huge space for people to spend time with family. Beautiful trees.. Best time to Visit during Spring season.

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