Beihai Park, Beijing

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    Beihai Park

    by echowangxian Written Jul 21, 2009

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    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.

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    Catch the headlines!

    by JohanIsWeg Updated Jul 9, 2009

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    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.

    Reading the paper in Beihai Park
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    Beihai Park-one of most favourite parks in Beijing

    by Penelope4 Updated Jul 2, 2009

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    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 got tired in Behai Park

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    69-hectare Bei Hai Park is mostly lake water!

    by jumpingnorman Written Jan 31, 2009

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    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!

    Bei Hai Park, Beijing, China
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    Bei Hai Park - Next to Forbidden City

    by SLLiew Written Sep 20, 2008

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    Bei Hai Park is just a 10 minutes walk if you exit the Forbidden City on the North Exit and just across the street from the West Exit of Jing Shan Park.

    It is a smaller imperial garden than Summer Palace. The highlight is the Lamma Buddhist Temple on the island of the Bei Hai Lake.

    A long climb all the way to the very top of the Lamma Pagoda gives a wonderful view of the Forbidden city and a panaromic view of Beijing City.

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    Visit the parks

    by K.Knight Written Sep 10, 2008

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    It is a sad fact that children in Beijing rarely feel grass under their feet.

    Although there are numerous parks, squares and public gathering places around Beijing, walking on the grass is mostly forbidden. Grass areas are mostly always roped off and signs tell a familiar story, keep off the grass.

    All of the squares and parks have families and friends gathering to fly kites, play mahjong, play cards, walk their dogs or simply play with their children something I feel is lost to a lot of western societies now.)

    Having said that, these parks are often filled with the most magnificent sculptures and statues depicting scenes of entertainment which is what the parks should be about.

    Waving the flag theatre Story tellers Acrobats Jugglers
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    Beijing park and hutongs

    by irvbur Written Sep 6, 2008

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    Sue is right on the money. The only suggestions I have is to try to visit Beihai Park early in the morning. (Before 7am) It's not only great for people watching, but it leaves more time during the day to visit other places. I'm not usually one to push "day trips", but I strongly suggest you book a 1/2 day bike rickshaw through the hutongs. Not only will you have an exciting (and perilous) ride, you will also have an opportunity to visit a resident of the hutong.
    Happy travels, Irv

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    Cool down on the lake

    by Gryphon25 Written Sep 20, 2007

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    After a long hot day exploring the forbidden city, you need to cool down and relax.
    Start at the south entrance of the forbidden city and then exit at the north gate. Turn left and head towards Beihai park. To rent a paddle boat between 4 people is really cheap. you can slowly work your way round the lake trailing your hand in the water. It's definitely worth it.

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    Visit when lotus bloom

    by apuffaday Written Sep 15, 2007

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    Visit Beihai Park during the end of summer, in August, when the lotus are blooming. Like all the parks in Beijing, these are wonderful places to see locals sing in a gazebo, play chesse and cards, and various Chinese excercises.

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    taking a nice walk!

    by violett Updated Aug 27, 2007

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    When I was a child, I lived with my grandma nearby. And we took countless walk here. Not because of those beautiful memories, but the beautiful gardens and lotus flowers (in summer), the maze in the stone cave, wonderful temples and pavillions, and the famous restaurant "Fang shan", whose cooker used to cook for the Emperor in the Qing dynasty ("Fang" means copy, "Shan" means "dinner for the Emperor"), let me write this tip for u.
    "Fang Shan" is in the park, located in the Buildings of Yilantang (the hall by Rippling lack), Daoningzhai ( an imperial Study ) and Qinglan Huayun ( full bloom in the Sunlight )
    +86 10 64041184
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    http://www.btxx.cn.net/famous/corporation/fs2.htm

    If u are lucky, u can also see old beijingers do Taiji practice (but for me as a christian, it is not a good way to keep u fit, I think,so Don't LEARN it) or sing beijing opera in the pavillions. Most of them are retired and build small groups to play the traditional instruments and sing, just for fun.
    On the lake there are also traditional boat u can take.

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    Magnificent, spacious parks

    by BillCampbell Updated Aug 15, 2007

    Among the many large and beautiful parks in Beijing, a few stand out. They are Beihai Park, Jingshan Park, Tiantan Park (Temple of Heaven), and the two parks on either side of the entrance to the Forbidden City, Zhongshan Park and Working People's Cultural Palace (which isn't really a palace at all). The park admission fees are minimal, and it is at these parks where one is able to see how the real Chinese people act and react to one another, as well as how they react to foreigners like me. The parks are spacious, with lots of tall trees and well-kept gardens, and a few temples here and there. The tourist guidebooks are full of information on these parks, so I won't bore you with my comments, other than to say that the most enjoyable parts of our three weeks in Beijing were spent in these parks, observing not just the beautiful scenery but also the beautiful people who go into the parks to enjoy nature and one another.

    Beihai Park Ferry Dancing Class at Jingshan Park Pretty girls, pretty flowers at Jingshan Park 'Jam Session' at the Temple of Heaven
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    White Dagoba

    by angelochka Written Aug 15, 2007

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    White Dagoba is located in Beihai Park in the center of downtown Beijing and became an important landmark of the city, it was built in 1651 during the Qing Dynasty. 35.9 meters high, the inverted-bowl-style lamaist dagoba on top of White Dagoba Hill just looks beautiful and majestic...
    that's how i saw it when was taking this picture at sunset

    White Dagoba is the highest point in Beihai Park
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    idyllic lakes in the city

    by angelochka Updated Jun 21, 2007

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    According to Frommer's -"There is quite simply no finer place to walk in Beijing". The Back Lakes area (Shicha Hai) is composed of three idyllic lakes - Qian Hai (Front Lake), Hou Hai (Back Lake), and Xi Hai (West Lake) - and the tree-shaded neighborhoods that surround them. Combined with other man-made pools to the south, these lakes were once part of a system used to transport grain by barge from the Grand Canal to the Forbidden City. Prior to 1911 this was an exclusive area, and only people with connections to the imperial family were permitted to maintain houses here. Lots of bars and cafes has sprung up around the lakes, providing ample opportunities to take breaks from your walk and enjoy the beautiful scenery. But at weekend can get very crowded and not easy to find a table.

    Qian Hai lake area another side of the lake, late evening
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    Chillin' at Beihai Park

    by Exceptional_World Written Apr 8, 2007

    We bought a ramen bowl and two Tsingtao's at the local deli near the entrance for our relaxing day at the park. They can fill you up with hot water for your noodles, too. Then go grab a seat with a good view and crack open your beer and chill as long as you want. Your only bother will be the person wanting to take your empties for recycling.

    Beihai Park from the main entrance Close up of Beihai Temple Close up of Beihai Temple View from the Beihai Temple View from the Beihai Temple
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    Beihai Park

    by clairegeordio Written Jan 20, 2007

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    Unfortunately we only had time to really pass through Beihai park on the way from the Forbidden City to the Drum tower, so only really spent half an hour there with a picnic overlooking the lake.
    It was built in the 10th Century and has an area of over 700,000 square metres. Water covers over half of this area.
    The main feature of the park is the White Dagoba on Jade island, which is a 130 ft (36m) Buddhist shrine constructed in 1651.
    At the time of writing, the entrance cost was 10RMB.

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