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Beihai is one of the loveliest open spaces in Beijing and is only a relaxing retreat away from the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Stroll through it, you'll see a different side of Beijing... Read More
Beihai is one of the loveliest open spaces in Beijing and is only a relaxing retreat away from the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Stroll through it, you'll see a different side of Beijing featuring taichi-practicing grandpas, red fan-dancing aunties and boat-rowing couples. Most of this huge and refreshing park is taken up by Beihai Lake which hosts ice skaters in the winter and pedal boats during the other seasons. Located on the site of a 12th-century palace, many of the structures in the park are reconstructions of originals dating from the 15th to the 17th centuries. Beihai Park is notable for the Round City, a palace established by the Mongol Emperor Kublai Khan (1214-94). At the heart of Beihai Lake is the Qiong Island, a manmade hill that affords panoramic views over the Forbidden City.
1 Wenjin St
- Winter (Nov - Mar): Daily 6:30am-8pm
- Summer (Apr - Oct): Daily 6am-9pm
- Summer CNY10; Student CNY5
Winter CNY5; Student CNY3
- Best Attractions & Activities: "At the summit of the hill you will find the White Stupa built under the direction of the then Dalai Lama when he visited Beijing in the 17th century."
- Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: The watery park is a lovely place for a relaxing retreat in the heart of Beijing and for witnessing the locals' passion for morning exercise.