Beihai Park is an AAAA tourist attraction and a key historic site under national protection. Its east and south sides are close to the Palace Museum. It can be reached by many bus routes.
The park used to be an imperial palace serving for the emperors of five dynasties (Liao, Jin, Yuan, Ming, and Qing) and their families to stay for a short time, handle political affairs, or offer sacrifices. At the age of 800, it is the earliest built and best preserved imperial garden in the world.
The park, which creatively follows traditional Chinese architectural tenets and techniques, is a classical Chinese garden and a valuable cultural heritage. It covers 682,000 square meters, with a 389,000-square-meter water-covered area. Its layout-one lake dotted with three isles-embodies a Chinese mythology about the fairyland, and achieves an artistic blending of natural and cultural landscape. Two of the Eight Attractions of Yanjing (Beijing) are located here-Spring Shade on Qionghua Island and Autumn Breeze over Taiyechi.
The park has three major attractions-Qionghua Island, Tuancheng Island, and the north bank. The white pagoda on Qionghua Island has become synonymous with Beihai Park. In the shades of the willows framing the lake are many well-known scenic spots, such as Haopujian, Jingxinzhai, Hall of Heavenly Kings, Kuaixue Hall, Nine-dragon Screen, Five-dragon Pavilion, Chanfu Temple, and Xiaoxitian.
The park offers a variety of boating entertainment and holds exhibitions all the year round. It's a wonderful stop for tourists.
Bus: 5,101, 103, 107,109, 111, 701,814, 823,846
Opening Hours: 6:00 am to 8:30 pm in April, May, September, and Octorber
6:00 am to 10:00 pm in June, July, and Augest
6:00 am to 8:00 pm in January, February, March, November and December