Beihai Park (Beihai Gongyuan)

#4 in Best Things To Do in Beijing
Beihai Park (Beihai Gongyuan) picture1 of 3
Beihai Park (Beihai Gongyuan)2 of 3
Waitforlight/Getty Images

Key Info

1 Wenjin St.

Details

Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.5scorecard
  • 4.5Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 4.5Atmosphere

After the concrete jungles of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, head to nearby Beihai Park for a breath of fresh air. Whether you're under a tree overlooking the lake or in an ancient pagoda, you'll see why this former imperial garden has been a preserved sanctuary since its creation in A.D. 1166. Over time, the park has acquired more and more monuments. Not-to-be-missed highlights include the Temple of Everlasting Peace, White Dagoba and the Circular City.

Visitors love its peaceful setting, saying even with lots of people around, you can still find a quiet place to reflect. Some reviewers recommend riding a boat on the lake to reach different attractions, while others suggest setting aside several hours to walk its grounds (it is massive, spanning more than 170 acres).

To reach Beihai, you can take subway line 4 to Ping An Li or one of the numerous bus lines (Nos. 609, 107, 111, 118 and 13) that drop passengers off at the park's north gate. That said, the park is within walking distance of the Forbidden City's north gate, so pairing the two activities is smart. Admission to the grounds costs 10 yuan (about $1.50) in peak season and 5 yuan (about $0.75) in low season; however, many of the buildings inside require additional fares. Purchasing a "through ticket" (i.e. an all-access pass) for 20 yuan (about $3) can help you save (5 yuan less in offseason). Welcoming visitors daily, the park opens at 6 or 6:30 a.m. and closes between 8 and 10 p.m., depending on the season. For more information, consult the park's official website.

See all Hotels in Beijing »

More Best Things To Do in Beijing

The Great Wall of China1 of 15
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)2 of 15
Type
Time to Spend
#1 The Great Wall of China

Just north of Beijing, you'll find one of the most famous monuments in the world: the Great Wall of China. Although it's unlikely you'll see the whole thing, you should aim to experience a portion of it. That begs the question: Which section?

Only an hour's drive northwest of Beijing, the Badaling section is convenient, hosts a large souvenir market, and has a gondola to whisk visitors up and down the wall. Sounds perfect, right? Well, and that's why thousands of tourists decide to venture here. This can create mob-like scenes that can spoil the trip, but it's unpredictable. Plenty of visitors rave about this section of the wall and say a visit is a must. Entrance to the Badaling section of wall (not including the gondola ride) costs 40 yuan (about $6) in the winter and spring and 45 yuan (about $6.60 ) in the summer and fall. You can start hiking the Badaling portion at 6:40 a.m., and you must be down by 6:30 p.m. every day.

Read more
Image Source/Getty Images
See full list of Best Things To Do in Beijing »

Explore More of Beijing

If you make a purchase from our site, we may earn a commission. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.

Recommended

30 Top Babymoon Destinations, Trips and Ideas

From romantic beach getaways to big city adventures to glamping in the forest, these locales will inspire your babymoon planning.

Gwen PratesiOctober 15, 2019

15 Tips for Traveling While Pregnant

These tips will help pregnant women travel the world in comfort and style.

Holly JohnsonOctober 10, 2019

The Best Chicago Segway Tours

See all the top sights in the Windy City without breaking a sweat.

Marisa MéndezOctober 3, 2019

The Best Washington, D.C., Bus Tours

Here's everything you need to know about D.C. bus tours.

John RodwanOctober 1, 2019

How to Visit Vatican City: Tours and Things to See

This country within Rome has a lot to offer travelers.

Lyn MettlerSeptember 30, 2019

13 Beautiful Castles in Germany

Fall in love with Germany's noble past by touring its magnificent collection of historic castles.

Kyle McCarthySeptember 26, 2019

The Best Antelope Canyon Tours

Here's the essential information you need for a satisfying visit.

John RodwanSeptember 26, 2019

How to Get to Machu Picchu: Tours and Tips for Visiting

Here is everything you need to know to plan a trip to Machu Picchu.

Lyn MettlerSeptember 24, 2019

15 Things a Hotel Concierge Can Help You With

From tying bow ties to teaching local languages, there's almost no request a concierge can't handle.

Lyn MettlerSeptember 23, 2019

The Best Gettysburg Tours

Use these helpful tips to plan a successful visit to the national military park.

John RodwanSeptember 18, 2019