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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 green space has been a preserved sanctuary for over a thousand years. Over time, the park has acquired more and more monuments. "Beihai Park has so many features that you can get stuck in one place and realize you haven't seen 3/4 of the entire park!" claims one VirtualTourist user. Not-to-be-missed highlights include the Temple of Everlasting Peace, White Dagoba, and the Circular City.
To reach Beihai, you can take subway Line 4 to Ping An Li or one of the numerous bus lines (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 CNY (about $1.50 USD) in peak season and 5 CNY (about $0.80 USD) in low season; however, many of the buildings inside require additional fares. Purchasing a "through ticket" (i.e. an all-access pass) for 20 CNY (about $3.00 USD) can save you some dough. Every day, 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.
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