Beihai Park

Price guide: Budget

1 Wenjin Street, Xicheng District, Beijing

Price guide: Budget

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#15 of 20
expert-rated things to do in Beijing
Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Couples, Families with younger children, Nature / wildlife, Relaxation

Best for Romance - Expert review of Beihai Park

Unwind in this diverting lake and pleasure park dating back to the rule of Kublai Khan.

‘North Ocean’ in Chinese, Beihai is mostly a large lake, its green edges dotted with diverting temples and gardens. Families and young couples come here to stroll among the cypress trees or ride pedal boats on the lake in summer, whilst clusters of elderly Chinese can often be heard singing songs together, sometimes accompanied by a lone violinist or accordion player.

The park is overlooked by a 36 metre high White Dagoba on an islet in the lake. It's well worth clambering up the steps to this bell-shaped temple for commanding vistas of the city. For an extra fee, you can enter the shrine itself to view the Buddhist sutras on display there, and sneak some terrific views of the Forbidden City rooftops.
 

Price advice: 

A through ticket including access to most of the temples (apart from the White Dagoba) costs about 20 RMB.

Expert tips: 
Don’t miss the spectacular Nine Dragon Screen near the north gate, a 27 metre wide ‘spirit wall’ inlaid with colourful glazed tiles.

More information on Beihai Park:

Price guide:
Budget
Type:
Lake / river / canal, Religious site
Address:
1 Wenjin Street, Xicheng District, Beijing
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Daily 8:30am-5pm (temples), 6:30am-9pm (park)
Indoor/outdoor?:
Outdoor

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