Beihai Park Sits in the Shadow of The Forbidden City, Beijing

"Beihai Park in Beijing, China is a Beautiful and Quiet Place"

The Park is the Ying to the noisy and polluted Yang of Beijing City.

It's made up of Royal Pavilions, Emperor Class Temples and Courtyards that are beautifully nestled amongst rolling hills and lush old-growth trees cradled around a majestic lake.

It's best known for its Circular City and the Nine Dragon Wall that astounds tourists today.

You would've been beheaded if you'd tried to sneak a peek at the park when it was first built back in the 10th century A.D.

It was built for the Emperor of China alone and was once considered an extension of the Forbidden City.

It wasn't until 1925 that Beihai Park was finally opened to the public for the first time.

Chinese Emperors have come and gone over the Centuries and all have considered Beihai Park a most beautiful place worthy of much of their time.

Yet Beihai goes relatively unnoticed in the shadow of the Forbidden Palace, The great wall of China and even some of the larger shopping malls.

It's only about an 8 minute walk from the Forbidden City and the 10 Yuan entrance fee makes visiting the Emperor's Park of Beihai worth a visit.

What Is So Important About Beihai Park?

Click for Larger Image

Beihai Park is a 10th Century Chinese Imperial Garden. It was built to imitate each of the most renowned scenic spots and architectural wonders from all over China.

The Park is considered a masterpiece of gardening technique by the Chinese Masters.

It took some superb architectural skill to build and preserve the masterpieces within the Park and a great imagination to gather so many pieces of the rich Chinese culture from all across the country and bring them to one place.

Beihai Park in Beijing, China.

The Park is just over a quarter of a square mile in size. Half of that is taken up by the lake.

There is a small island near enough to the center of the lake. It's called Jade Flowery Islet or QiongHua Island to the Chinese.

The island is an incredible place with such important Imperial Sites such as the White Dagoba, Yong' An Temple and some incredible Chinese gardens to rival the very best anywhere in the world.

Make sure you get over to Jade Flowery Islet.

There are only 3 ways to get across the lake to the island. There is the Boat, The East Gate Bridge, or through the Circular city and over Yong' An Bridge.

Please take the third option. It's great to rent a boat (In the summer months only) but the path through the Circular City and over the Yong' An bridge is tops.

How to Get to Beihai Park

If you Exit the Forbidden City at the "Shenwu Gate" then Bei Hai Park is just a short walk away. There are many sign posts along the way to make sure that you don't get lost.

If you are feeling run down from all the walking then you could grab a seat on bus #5. Ride it for just 2 stops before getting off at the Park Gate.

Again it is very well marked and drivers announce the stop (In rough English so listen carefully!).

From Tian'anmen Square just go to Tienanmen West Metro station on Metro Line #1. From there you can walk to the South entrance Gate to Beihai Park in about 20 minutes.

Or again just get on Bus #5 anywhere you might see it in Tian'anmen Square (There are several stops). It seems bus #5's sole purpose in life is to get you to Beihai Park from many areas around central Beijing.

Get more information on the Beijing Subway and other types of Transportation in Beijing.

What to See in Beihai Park

If you get to Beijing during the summer months then there is no better way to see the Park than on a yacht or boat.

The Yachts launch for the first time on March 10 after they have thawed in the springtime warmth. Visitors can then go boating and yachting within the lake inside the park.

There were originally 3 tiny islands that occupied the waters of the lake in Beihai Park. 'The Circular City' sat on its very own island at one time but has since been pulled back and rejoined as part of the shoreline.

Circular City and the buildings in it look like a miniature model of a real city, especially if viewed from the shoreline. But it is a legit city with normal sized buildings that stand behind a 276 meter long wall and consume an area of 4,553 square meters.

Find out more about The Circular City.

The The Nine Dragon Wall in Beihai Park is one of three in all of China. The largest is in Datong, Shanxi but the nicest, most intricately detailed and best preserved is the one in Bei Hai Park.

So there.

Learn more about The Nine Dragon Wall.

  • Hao Pu Creek (Haopujian) Garden

Once you have finished touring around Jade Flowery Islet (QiongHua Island) and gawking at the Circular City and the Nine Dragon Wall, you're best to leave the Island by crossing the Zhishan Bridge to the Eastern Shore Scenic Area.

You will find the Hao Pu Creek Garden over there and you should get a look at it. It's an independent garden that exists as a sort of a garden-within-Beihai Park's Garden.

The detail and work that must go into maintaining this garden in Beihai Park is huge. I am not even a flower person but this Hao Pu Creek (Haopujian) Garden is something else.

It is a traditional Chinese garden in every way and the color arrangements and the architecture are of perfect symmetry and style. It must have been a near religious responsibility to care for the Emperors garden.

He'd probably chop your head off if you didn't make it your lifetime preoccupation to seek perfection and approval in the eyes of the Emperor of China.

That's a lot of pressure!

It is open now to the public so heads probably don;t literally roll anymore but Hao Pu Creek (Haopujian) Garden sure is a beautiful place. There is something for almost anyone to appreciate and it really is the best of the best when it comes to Imperial Chinese Gardens in China.

Admissions Fees, Opening Hours and Bus Routes

Admission Fee:
¥10 CNY
April 1 - October 31
¥5 CNY
November1 - March 31
Opening Hours*:
Bus Route:
5, 101, 103, 109, 124, 202, 211, 685, 814, 846 to Beihai
13, 24, 107, 111, 118, 204, 701, 810, 823, 850 to Beihai Beimen

Opening Hours by Season...

  • 06:30-20:00 (January, February, March, November, December)
  • 06:00-21:00 (April, May, September, October)
  • 06:00 to 22:00 (June, July, August)
Here is a great video we think might provide you with a sense of the atmosphere in Beihai Park, Beijing, China. There is also so music playing in the background to induce you into a meditative state!

If you appreciate this site then please consider donating a dollar or two to help keep us alive and growing. We compete with Lonely Planet and Travelocity and many other big names that just crush us.

If a certain hotel pays them enough then they get "Featured" and recommended without regard to you. Their information and recommendations are based on advertising revenue and are biased.

Help us search and recommend the best hotels, tourist sites and restaurants based on quality for price and not depending on how much a hotel or restaurant pays us.

Home Page

| About Us | Contact Us | Site Map | Blog | Accommodation | Budget Hotels Hong Kong
Budget Hotels Danang, Vietnam | Haikou City Hotels, Hainan Island, China | Budget Sanya City Hotels, Hainan Island | Budget Hotels Hanoi, Vietnam | Budget Hotels Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam | Budget Hotels Hoi An City, Vietnam | Budget Hotels Mui Ne Beach, Vietnam | Budget hotels Nha Trang Beach, Vietnam | Tell YOUR Asia Travel Story


Return to the Top of the Page

Leave Beihai Park and Return to Some Beijing Travel

Leave Beihei Park, Beijing for Our Travel Asia Home Page

New! Comments

Tell us what you think, add some information or just Leave your thoughts in the box below.

BEST BUDGET HOTEL SEARCH THERE IS - Search top travel sites at once!

No One Offers Cheaper Airfares


The Best Quality No-Frills Budget Tours



Translate This Page into any Language

Recent Articles

  1. Beijing Travel Info on The Great Wall, The Forbidden City and more

    Mar 18, 18 11:49 AM

    Beijing Travel should include the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and The Temple of Heaven. Expensive but here's how to do it on a budget

    Read More

  2. A Beijing Shopping Guide for Bargain Hunters

    Mar 17, 18 06:02 AM

    Beijing shopping can be a nightmare. We review the best Shopping in Beijing so you don't end up at a market filled with cheap plastic Chinese trinkets

    Read More

  3. The Beijing Olympic Stadium in Photo, Video and Text.

    Mar 16, 18 05:54 PM

    A look at the Beijing Olympic Stadium. Photos, Video and all the info you'll need to make the most of your visit.

    Read More

  4. The Best Beijing Nightlife

    Mar 16, 18 06:34 AM

    The Beijing nightlife scene is huge and diverse. Here is a sample of the best Beijing bars and nightclubs with the action spilling into Beihai Park where we're dumbstruck by the Beijing girls.

    Read More

  5. The Top Beijing City Tours on a Budget

    Mar 13, 18 11:28 PM

    These are the best Budget Beijing city tours that don't lack quality. They just don't follow you around or provide the restrictions of a traditional Beijing tour

    Read More

  6. Beihai Park, Beijing. Home of Circular City and The Nine Dragon Wall

    Mar 11, 18 02:05 PM

    Beihai Park sits in the shadow of the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, or the Forbidden City. But Behai Park was built for the eyes of the Emporer of China and they did not dare disappoint him

    Read More

  7. The Guide to Bamboo Island (Ko Russei), Cambodia.

    Mar 11, 18 01:36 PM

    Bamboo Island exists. It's not a myth. We've got pictures, videos and links so you can see it with your own eyes before flying all the way to Cambodia.

    Read More

  8. Attractions in Shanghai, Shanghai Tourism on a Budget

    Mar 11, 18 11:13 AM

    The tourist attractions in Shanghai can be a waste of time and money. Here are the best Shanghai tourism spots

    Read More

  9. Asia Travel Stories, Contributed by Visitors Around the World

    Mar 11, 18 09:22 AM

    This page is all about you and the best Asia travel stories. If you've been to Vietnam, Cambodia or were just washed ashore on the banks of the Mekong river---We want to hear about it.

    Read More

  10. Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and Ta Prom among the Angkor Ruins

    Mar 09, 18 05:37 AM

    Angkor Wat is at the center of the Angkor ruins. The ruins are nearest the city of Siem Reap. Here are the facts and photos to get you there on a Budget

    Read More