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Beihai Park MapBaihai Park is situated in the Xicheng District and has a history of more than 1,000 years. This park was built up through five dynasties, the Liao (916-1125), the Jin (1115-1234), the Yuan (1271-1368), the Ming (1368-1644) and the Qing (1644-1911). Though it was a royal garden, it remains grand with a hint of exquisite elegance as well. It covers an area of 69 hectares (171 acres), with over a half covered by water. The whole park can be divided into four scenic areas: Qionghua Islet (Jade Flower Islet), Circular City, the eastern bank area and the northern bank area.

The Qionghua Islet which is densely distributed with halls, rockeries and pavilions stands at the centre of the park. The Yong'an Temple (Temple of Everlasting Peace) is the largest building complex which is composed of several halls, a bell tower and a drum tower. The temple used to be a place of worship for the emperors and their empresses. A white pagoda which stands out on the top of the islet is the symbol of the park. This Lamaist pagoda, 35.9 meters (117.8 feet ) high was built in 1651 where Buddhist lections, alms bowl and sarira remains of the Buddha's body are laid. West of the temple are the halls and pavilions where emperors of the Qing Dynasty had a rest, discussed official business or amused themselves. In the north of the islet, there is a two-storey corridor that offers an extensive view.

In the southeast of the park, the Circular City is surrounded by a wall and is in fact an exquisite garden. The Chengguang Hall with yellow glazed tiles and green glazed eaves is quite dignified. Emperors of the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) watched firework displays on it. Since the Qing Dynasty, it has been converted into a Buddhist chapel. A statue of Buddha that is carved out of a whole piece of white jade is enshrined in the main hall. In front of the Chengguang Hall, there is pavilion with a huge wine vessel laid out. The urn is engraved with a dragon in cloud and a sea horse on waves which was once used to store the wine by Kublai Khan, the first and brave emperor of the Yuan Dynasty. Both the pine and cypress tree are around 700~800 years old, so it is worth taking a closer look.

 Beihai Park in Beijing, China  Beihai Park, Beijing

As to the bank areas, the eastern bank enjoys its tranquility while the northern bank is very crowded with artificial structures. What is most conspicuous on the eastern bank is a lovely courtyard hidden in the trees. The courtyard was built as the former residence of emperors in the Qing Dynasty. The traditional buildings were elaborately designed, with a clear pool in the center.

Nine-Dragon Wall, Beihai Park, Beijing

On the northern bank area, the Five-Dragon Pavilions and the Nine-Dragon Wall are must-sees for visitors. The Five-Dragon Pavilions are said to be the place where the emperors went fishing and enjoyed the bright moon. The five pavilions are connected by a sigmate bridge, which resembles a swimming dragon when seen from distance. The Colored Glazed Pavilion is a religious building and quite a dazzling attraction. It has a bright yellow roof and 1,376 small statues of Buddha made of colored glaze are engraved on the outside wall. The Nine-Dragon Wall which was built in 1756 is the most delicate of China's three surviving nine-dragon walls. The wall, about 27 meters (89 feet) long is inlaid with colored glaze and has nine vivid dragons that play with pearls on either side.

Admission Fee:
CNY 10
April 1-October 31
CNY 5
November1-March 31
Opening Hours:
06:30-21:00
Bus Route:
5, 101, 103, 109, 124, 202, 211, 685, 814, 846 to Beihai (北海)
13, 24, 107, 111, 118, 204, 701, 810, 823, 850 to Beihai Beimen (北海北门)

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Comments and Questions

I am moving to Beijing and my apartment is quite near to the park. Is it possible to jog around the park lakes?

Reply8/28/2012 1:16:21 PMVesa,   Finland

Lily :8/28/2012 6:26:28 PM

yes, of course. it is a good place for jogging.

Can u tell me how i go to Beeihai park From Station of Agriculture Exhibition Centre at Line 10..

Reply8/27/2012 7:03:47 AMWaqar Yusuf

Mars :8/27/2012 7:02:50 PM

there is no direct bus or subway, so you can take a taxi. the cost is around CNY 25.

what does it used for

Reply8/7/2012 8:16:30 PMpeng,   Australia

Hank :8/8/2012 7:33:15 PM

It was an imperial garden for the royal family's entertainment in ancient China. Now, it is a well-known tourist attrction to entertain tourists from all over the world.

Can you tell us how we can get to the Beihai park from Park Plaza Wangfujing Hotel, please.Thanks

Reply6/5/2012 11:30:32 AMManon,   France

Ben :6/5/2012 7:21:57 PM

you can take a taxi from the hotel to the park, which costs only CNY 15. or if you prefer public buses, you can walk westward along the Ganmian Hutong, and turn right to Dongsi South Street and walk for about 350 meters, you will find a bus stop, take the bus No. 685 to Beihai stop.

can u tell me the types of flowers and tress that are in bei hai park in beijing?

Reply4/28/2012 6:09:20 AMyasith,   Australia

Hank :4/28/2012 8:35:26 PM

All kinds of flowers, including yellow jessamine, magnolia, crabapple, peach, rose, lilacs, peony, etc.

How do i get from the Bell and Drum Towers to Beihai Park? what Bus do i take or how far is this to walk?

Reply4/6/2012 5:51:28 AMNate,   Australia

Penny :4/6/2012 6:35:28 PM

the Bell and Drum Towers is only 1 km from the Beihai Park, you can take a bus No. 107 from the Drum Tower to the north gate of Beihai Park.

Hi, can you tell me what is the closest subway station to the North Gate of Beihai Park? Is it possible to walk from the subway to the North Gate? Thank-you.

Reply12/31/2011 12:42:44 AMmay,   China

Sherry :1/1/2012 7:03:13 PM

the cloest subway station is the Ping An Li Station of subway line 4, which is about 1.6 km from the north gate of Beihai Park. actually,there is a bus stop at the North gate of Beihai Park, and many buses stop there, such as bus No. 609, 107, 111, 118, and 13.

Can u tell me how to go Be hai park from longze subway station?

Reply6/30/2011 3:54:44 AMAmmad,   Pakistan

Vic :7/2/2011 8:54:21 PM

subway line 13 to Xizhimen station, then line 4 to Xisi Station, and exit from Exit B and walk to Xisi Lukou Dong to take bus No. 103,101,685,614 or 124 to Beihai and walk to the park.

Hello
How can I go to Beihai Park from Haidian Foreign Language School? What subway do I need to take?
Thanks

Reply3/25/2011 7:46:00 PMEve,   Canada

Mini :3/26/2011 11:56:00 PM

hi Eve,
you can walk northward along the road outside the school, then turn right at the first traffic light, then walk for about 100 meters, you wil find the bus stop, where you can take bus No. 347 at get off at Xinjiekou Huokou (新街口豁口) stop, then change bus No. 614 and get off at Beihai (北海) stop.

How can I go to Beihai Park from the Beijing Sports School?

Reply10/4/2010 3:01:00 AMRebecca Won,   Singapore

Leo :10/5/2010 10:01:00 PM

As far as I know there is only one sports school in Beijing, which is located in Shichahai Area.

Leo :10/5/2010 10:07:00 PM

Since Shichahai is just at the north gate of Beihai park, so you may just walk to Beihai park from shichahai.
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