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“A great place for a morning visit”

Beihai Park (Beihai Gongyuan)
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Ranked #29 of 1,635 things to do in Beijing
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Kubla Khan in 1260 took up residence in this palace, which today is a 168-acre park filled with historic buildings, restaurants and a lake.
Reviewed 29 May 2014

As with many parks in Beijing, this is a great place to visit early in the morning to see the locals doing their thing (tai chi, dancing, singing, shuttlecock hacky-sack, etc.) This park is particularly good since the large lake helps to make it feel cool as the temperatures soar. And there is far more to see than just the locals. The nine-dragon screen is very impressive and much more accessible than the one in the Palace Museum. The temples and goldfish are also noteworthy. Look for a blue sky day (after a rain or strong wind) if you want decent photos of the White Dagoba.

If you want to circumnavigate the lake without paying twice, you will need to enter by one of the south entrances; if you come in from the north, you have to exit one of the south entrances then pay to get back in the other one (bizarre!). [Admission fee is only 10 RMB so maybe that's also viable.] Unfortunately, there is no subway station very close to the south entrances. Xisi station (line 4) works but is a fair hike.

3  Thank Mike C
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

I made the mistake of just walking through Bei Hai on a main street the first time I walked through the park, and didn't see what all the fuss was about since it was just a busy main street with lakes on either side of the bridge over the water. After being told repeatedly that it was a must-see in Beijing, I went back for further explanation, and I'm glad I did! We went through an entrance to the park that's in the southwest corner, near a busy intersection across the canal from the northwest corner of the Forbidden City. You had to pay to enter, but it was cheap - maybe 10 RMB? You can then walk into the park, and there are stone walkways around the edge of the lakes and a beautiful island in the middle of the lake that is basically one big hill. You can hike up to the top of the hill, which isn't too strenuous, for a look at the stupa on the top and for a nice view of the city. It felt like a quiet oasis in the middle of the city where both tourists and locals went to get away from the heat and noise to relax a bit. This would be a great finish to a walk through the Forbidden City or one of the more crowded attractions in the same area. Cute little coffee/tea shop along the water makes for a nice stop.

Thank jmonsoon
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

A great walk and climb up to the temple, the views are fantastic.

I would recommend this park for a good visit and some nice temples, gardens and water features.

Thank Steve S
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Reviewed 27 May 2014

A Lovely Park for a walk and people watch. Bots shaped lıke Lotus Blossoms to rıde around the lake. Nice climb to the temple and the gardens are lovely. One dıslıke. The charge for entrance to Temple was 10yuan but nothıng to see just steps to climb and vıews.

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Reviewed 27 May 2014

I enjoyed the park because it was not as busy as other temples and areas. The large buddhist pagoda in the middle was worth the climb. The views of the city and forbidden city at the top were great. There was also a lot of local people there enjoying the day.

1  Thank sonya p
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