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 :-)
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Time: For Jingxin Zhai only, 9 am to 4 pm
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.
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.
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.
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.
clear sky, few clouds, pinky lotus, gentle breeze...
maybe thats why there are so many local senior just seat in the shade watching the lake without doing anything, i hardly believe anyone wouldnt enjoy this moment, even i wanna drop my camera just seat here looking at lotus dance with wind. anyway, i cannot do that. so have to keep going, this peaceful part is south of Beihai park, which is in front of Tuancheng City.
my plan today is walk from south gate to north gate of Beihai park, then walk to South Luogu Lane.
Actually Beihai Park is much nicer than my thought, especially the north of Beihai:Wulongting\Xiaoxitian\Western Elysium\Hall of Spiritual Peace\Nine-Dragon Screen...are all worth to go.
Jade Flowery Islet/ Qiong Islet, since i came here b4, its not a big supurise for me though.
Visiting Beihai Park on a Saturday, I was amazed to see the local population eagerly reading the newspaper in a very public way.
Broadsheets had been neatly encased in frames attached to a wall, complete with a decorative awning, to allow residents to catch up with breaking news.
Head down to Beihai Park if you want to share in information-sharing slightly more physically substantial than cyber space!
Open 0600 to 2000.
I have noticed that many VT members highly recommended a visit to Beihai Park. It is next to Jingshan Park. The closest subway is not very near it so if you are coming from another place, I would recommend that you take a taxi to go to Beihai Park. I walked a long way from Behai Park after my visit.
Now, as to the beauty of Beihai Park, it has what a dream park would ideally have. Visitors will feel harmony, contentment, happiness and lose their sense of time while there.
The most prominent feature of Beihai Park is no doubt the Temple Dagoba. Let me share with you my bitter experience. I did climb up my way to get there but when I was that close, my point of entry said construction is being done so please take so and so back door. I went to that door and all I saw was a courtyard with some hanging clothes. Let's put it this way, workers in that park probably stay there to help maintain it. But out of fear of being accused of trespassing, I stopped when I was halfway and turned around. I can't ask anybody because the caretakers do not speak English. Whatever, I did turn around and do not regret a thing. 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!
This 800-year old park has the following buildings among its 50 buildings: Tower for Storing Ancient Calligraphy, Rading Room of Carvings, Painting Boat, Studio of Peaceful Mind, Snow Hall, Temple of Good Luck, Ten Thousand Buddha Tower, Studio of Peaceful Mind.
I, for one, would like to thank the gardeners who masterminded the design and did perfect arrangement of Beihai Park. The corridors, bridges, the gardens, the pavilions, they simply please the senses. The garden covers an area of 150 hectares.
There is a fine resto inside but it was closed when I decided to have lunch at 3 pm. There are small eateries/restaurants by the lake and I have tried dumplings there. Very delicious!
Locals take boats to go across the lake.
I was brought to this beautiful Imperial garden called Bei hai Park in Beijing from the 1oth century which contains palaces, temples and a wonderful lake. The park covers 69 hectares and the lake covers more than half of that area and maybe that is why it is called Beihai which literally means "Northern Sea".
Chinese legend has it that Gods in three magic mountains called 'Penglai', 'Yingzhou' and 'Fangzhang' located to the east of Bohai Bay (to had a kind of herbal medicine which would help humans gain immortality. And so emperors sent people to these mountains to look for those conctions…did they ever find it?
There was a lot of people in the park when I visited and it was nice to people-watch. This was also walking distance from my hotel, so I ventured out one and just sat by the lake. I also remember walking through passageway flanked by trees that whose leave were rattling so crisply with the wind…beautiful place, Bei Hai!