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“Large garden”

Beihai Park (Beihai Gongyuan)
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2-Hour Beijing Private Jingshan Coal Hill Park and Beihai Park Walking Tour
Ranked #17 of 1,616 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 January 27, 2013

Probably summer would be better time to enjoy the beauty of the garden. There are 3 lakes - when we went all of them were frozen. There are many activities - like ice skating, sledge, cycle on the ice etc.

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Reviewed January 21, 2013

One of the most impressive parks here! So beautiful, but still so much to do. A definite must see and please ride the ornate boats!

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Reviewed January 18, 2013

Firstly work out how to get to the park. We got off at Tianamen West subway station and whilst google shows it as a simple short walk north along the west wall, it is in fact a very, very long walk (in fact everything is a long way away in Beijing). What google doesn't show you is the complete southern part of the park is used as government offices and its not until you reach the north wall of the forbidden city that you even get close.

We visited in January and the entire lake was frozen. There was a small entrance fee of 15 yuan each. Once we got in it was very lovely and peaceful. The lake offers opportunities for adults and children alike to slide on sleds, skate or ride on bikes converted into "ice bikes". For 30 yuan you can spend as long as you like transversing the lake and see the amazing temples in either side. My 11 yo had a ball and didn't want to leave. Toilets are clean and there are a number of food shops. What was also nice was the absence of vendors trying to sell you their wares (unlike the forbidden city). A lovely gentle way to spend a morning or afternoon especially with children.

If you are in Beijing over winter, make sure you visit Beijai Park. Highly recommended

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Reviewed January 11, 2013

I visited Beihai Park on a Wednesday during the first week of January, after seeing most of the popular places in Beijing. I entered the park from the north entrance and the first thing I saw was the lake that is situated in its center. The iced lake was starting to melt, because the weather was starting to get a bit warmer, so it was a great site - seeing the lake starting to get back to itself, There was also a flock of ducks and some white swans standing on the ice and swimming in the part of the lake that wasn't iced and they really added to the view. Besides the wonderful lake, that I am sure looks much more beautiful in the summer-time, there are also many Chinese people dancing and singing in the park's area. It is very common in China's parks, that people dance and sing and do morning exercise, but this fact did not make the dancing and singing in Beihai Park less charming. There are also many interesting buildings around the lake. The building I liked the most was Xiao Xi Tian, located at the west side of the lake - it is a magnificent looking temple (took 2 years to build it) that somehow felt unlike any other temple I saw in Beijing, There is a restuarant located near the White Dagoba that is located on an island in the lake. This restuarant tries to imitate the looks and tastes of the imperial dining room and the prices are accordingly, but if you don't like to pay a lot for a very small dish, I would not recommend you this restuarant. Enjoy the park! You can just sit down on a bench and enjoy the view.
It costs 5 yuan to get into the park at the shoulder-season. At the peak season I suppose it is just a bit higher.

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Reviewed January 6, 2013

After the Forbidden city, take a walk in Beihai park. If you have the chance to be there on Sunday, that is the best time.

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