Beihai Park, Beijing

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    The Bai Ta

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 16, 2014

    a tibetan Buddhist stupa in the Tibetan buddhist temple in Qiuongha Island in Behai Park called the Dagoba by Tibetans and Bai Tai by Han Chinese, built by Qing Emperor Shunzhi in 1751, made the Behai Park a Landmark and easily seen from the Forbidden City as the Behai Park is part of the Larger Imperial City (Forbidden City is part of Imperial City). Behai Park is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved ancient imperial gardens. it was initially built in the Liao Dynasty (916 - 1125 AD) and since then, it was enlarged by the different dynasties and it now covers 70 hectares with a lake that covers more than half of the entire park. At the center of the park is an island called Jade Flower Island (Quingha Island) where the famous Bai Tai is located. Besides the Jade Flowery Islet, it has four main scenic areas: the Eastern Shore Area, the Northern Shore Area, the Botanical Garden and the Circular City near the north gate.

    Opens: 6:30 am to 10:00 pm at peak season and up to 6:00 pm during low season

    Admission Fee is: 10 RMB per person
    Combo Ticket: RMB 20 per person (includes Qionghua Islet and Circular City, excluding Qionghua Cave and Shanyin Hall)

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    An amazing Beihai park

    by loja Written Sep 3, 2013

    Beihai park is a great place to relax, enjoy beauty around . And if you want to escpe from crowded and loud Beijing, you should go here! It's opposite to the Forbidden city (exit) . Cost (in Augut 2o13) is only 20 Yuan.
    It was the emperor garden till 1911. PArk area is huge so you can walk here and there .
    You can even hire a boat . I'm not shure about the cost but it wsn't too much expensive ;-)

    Also in this park (as in every single Chinese park) you may be able to see the dancing grannies or singing/playing music people. Honestly, this is also why you should go there :-)

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    Beihai Park

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jul 10, 2013

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    Beihai Park is near the Forbidden City and Jingshan Park. It is a large park centred around a huge lake. It is a lovely place for a peaceful stroll.

    Beihai Park was once part of the Forbidden City's imperial garden. It was created in the 10th century. This Park has an area of more than 69 hectares. Much of its area is occupied by its lake. Beihai means Northern Sea. Beihai Park was built to imitate famous Chinese scenic spots such as the canals in Hangzhou.

    Beihai Park Blossoms in the park.
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    Behai Park

    by Green_Frog Updated Jul 26, 2010

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    Loved this area - the old hutong shopping district was so quaint and the Lakes were amazing - Qianhai, Houhai and Xihai Lakes. Definitely should not be missed.

    We hired tuk tuks for a treat and although it was a lot of fun it's also a bit of a rip off so beware. We paid 100RMBs for a one hour tour for two tuktuks and drivers...but after 10 minutes we pulled up outside an authentic hutong house museum and were told it would take 30 minutes to explore this place - and it was very expensive to visit - as we were staying in a Hutong we decided to forego this and the drivers were very unhappy to have to return to work and told us the ride would be only be 20 mins as the 30 mins stop was incorporated in the 1 hour tour.... omitted to tell us this at the start. But still a bit of fun exploring the area on this mode of transport.

    It is very peaceful and serene - you need this in China!!

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    BEIHAI GONGYUAN

    by alyf1961 Written Jul 25, 2010

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    North Lake Park. This is Beijing's largest and most beautiful park. It was originally built for emperor Kublai Khan. Locals use the park to practise tai chi and paddle in the lake. The area was landscaped under the Yuan dynasty [1279-1368]. It was also improved by the emperors Kangxi [1654-1722] and Qianlong [1711-99].
    In the centre of the lake is an island called Qionghua where there is a white dagoba, this was formed by the Buddha's to honour the visit of the Dalai Lama's visit in 1651.

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    Jing xin Zhai in Beihai Park

    by waxiong Written Dec 22, 2009

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    Near the rockery design, there is Qin quan corridor, literal gushed spring water. And water stands for wisdom in China and is fit for reading room.Then I bought feed for golden fishes here cost 3 yuan rmb, for the fishes were cute and friendly. In short, it is really a dream studying room.

    Qin quan corridor Jing xin zhai in Beihai Park
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    Jing xin Zhai in Beihai Park

    by waxiong Written Dec 22, 2009

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    Ihe north of Jingxin Zhai, there are rockery designs imitating Suzhou Gardens in south China. Emperor Qianlong had been there and really appreciated them, for they stand for mountains companied hermits. But for me in my childhood, it means a excited place to explore, and to play hide and find with my friends. I also remember my parents and i visited here in snow. The rockeries were covered in snow and it is so quiet that you can hear the voice of falling of snow.

    you can walk into rockery designs along this trail pavilions among rockery designs corridor round the rockery designs
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    Jing xin Zhai in Beihai Park

    by waxiong Written Dec 21, 2009

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    The first building was used for reading.

    For readers, we hardly gain same feelings or understandings in a book except reading 2+2=4. The designer of Jing xin Zhai was a smart one and his work make each people to gain different feelings here. So the whole Jing xin Zhai looks like a book, the scenes continue to change as walking.

    Time for Jingxin Zhai only: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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    Jing Xin Zhai in Beihai Park

    by waxiong Written Dec 21, 2009

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    The most important parts of Beihai Park is Jing xin Zhai. If you just have half an hour, you need to spend 25 minutes here. As i came into the Jingxin Zhai, I want to ask a question to myself. When i free from my heavy homeworks and decide to read a good book in a comfortable place, where can i go? library, cafe, or my study room at home?

    The emperor's answer is study room at home. Jingxin Zhai, literal means a calm study room, is a patio for reading.

    Price: free
    Time: For Jingxin Zhai only, 9 am to 4 pm

    Jing xin Zhai (literal a calm study room)
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    Behai Park

    by lindyz Written Oct 2, 2009

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    On our last day in Beijing, I was determined to visit Behai Park. From the maps I had, it didnt look like it was too far from our Hotel, within walking distance anyway. Well ... wasnt I wrong! It took us 60 minutes and about 6km later, we finally found it! Im not sure if we went the wrong way or what, but we kept stopping and asking people which way it was, and it seemed like we were walking around in circles. Then, when we were done there, we had no idea where we were, so we got a taxi back to our Hotel.

    Behai Park is a lovely place to chill both for local Chinese and for tourists, it consists of a huge lake and you can catch a ferry over to the other side, which we did. Entrance to the Park is only 10rmb = about $2AUD and the ferry ride was 5rmb = about $1AUD. The ferry was gorgeous in itself, looked very old, nothing like our Manly Ferries!

    We also walked to the top of the big White Dagoba (Im not sure why this is called a Dagoba when most of the time they are called Pagodas - does anyone know this???) with great views from the top.

    Looking up to the White Dagoba Strolling through the Park A typical squat toilet in Behai Park Chinese man doing Tai Chi The Ferry we caught to the other side

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    Tuancheng City

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 8, 2009

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    Tuancheng City means City of Harmony or Circular City and used to be part of Daning Palace in the Jin Dynasty (265-420 A.D.). It was called Yuandi or Yingzhou during the Yuan dynasty when it was part of Kublai Khan's palace. The city wall stands about 4.6 meters (about 15 feet) high and has a circumference of 276 meters (about 906 feet). Among the various places to visit in the Circular City including halls, towers and pavilions, the most important construction is the Chengguang Hall which holds the extremely precious white jade statue of Buddha introduced from Burma at the end of Qing Dynasty. In front of the hall is a grand urn, made in 1265 out of variegated dark jade. With a diameter of 1.5 meters (about 4.9 feet), a circumference of 5 meters (about 16.4 feet), a height of 0.7 meters (about 2.3 feet) and a weighing 3.5 tons, the urn used to be the vessel of Kublai Khan for storing wine.

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    Yong'am Temple

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 8, 2009

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    The Yong'an Temple (Temple of Everlasting Peace), sits on Qionghua Island at the foot of the small hill where the White Dagoba resides. It was built in 1651 at the same time as the White Dagoba and was named after it before being renamed in 1741. It was then expanded in 1743 with the addition of a bell tower, drum tower and new entrance hall.

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    White Dagoba

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 8, 2009

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    Built in 1651, the Bai Ta (White Dagoba) is a 40 m high stupa placed on the highest point on Qionghua Island - a small islet within Beihai Park. Its body is made of white stone. It was badly shaken by earthquakes which occurred in 1679 and 1730 and was rebuilt on both occasions. It again suffered bad damaged during the Tang Shan earthquake of 1976. Inside, the Dagoba holds Buddhist scriptures, a monk's mantle and alms bowl and two pieces of Sarira.

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    Beihai Park

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 8, 2009

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    Beihai (North Sea) Park is one of the oldest, largest and best-preserved ancient imperial gardens in China located in the centre of Beijing. Initially built in the 10th century, it is amongst the largest of Chinese gardens, and contains numerous historically important structures, palaces and temples. The park was repaired and rebuilt in the following dynasties including Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing (1115 - 1911). The large-scale rebuilding in the reign of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911) generally established the present scale and pattern of Beihai Park and it was first opened to the public in 1925.

    The Park has an area of more than 69 hectares, with a lake that covers more than half of the entire Park. At the centre of the Park is an island called Qionghua Island with a highest point of 32m. The 40m high Bai Ta (White Dagoba) stupa sits on top of this hill and is reached by walking through the Yong'an Temple (Temple of Everlasting Peace). Other features in the park include a double-sided nine dragon screen wall and the Circular City - a wall that is the only remains of Kublai Khan's palace.

    Admission: RMB20.

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    Beijing Parks

    by stevemt Written Jul 22, 2009

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    There are many parks in Beijing, and they are well used by the locals for relaxing, taking their pets for a walk, Tai Chi, sport,and a host or other things. I saw Domino's, Cards Mah Jong being played. Heart choirs singing, saw local singer backed by local instrumental groups.

    Tai Chi Ballroom Dancing Practice Pet birds getting an airing a local group backing a singer

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