Bei Hai Park /North Lake Park (including Bei Hai Kindergarten)
Photos in travelogue (details later, 2002-June-24)
Beihai (North Sea) Park is one of the most popular parks in the city of Beijing. It covers a total area of over 68 hectares, more than half of it is taken up by the lake. Early in the 10th century, the Liao Dynasty built a secondary imperial residence here, called Yaoyu or Jade Islet. When the Jin took over, they renamed the capital Zhongdu, meaning Central Capital, and built an imperial palace. Qionghua (Jade Flowery) Islet was built of earth dug out from the lake, and the rocks used for piling on the hill were brought from Kaifeng, Henan Province. During the Yuan Dynasty, the place was rebuilt three times, and Guanghandian or the Palace in the Moon where Kublai Khan used to live and many other palace buildings were built on top of the hill. It was in this palace that Kublai Khan received Marco Polo. Unfortunately it was destroyed. The Islet became the centre of Dadu (Great Capital) and is still situated in the heart of modern Beijing.
Don´t miss the main city park of Beijing, Beihai Park, the emperor’s winter playground. Stroll around the lake where weary urbanites get back to nature with rides on dragon paddleboats. Cross over to Jade Islet, bearing the White Dagoba, a 36-meter-high structure resembling a hand bell. If you see a bride, make a wish.
The round city is a round building surrounded by a 5m high wall. The Round City stands at the south gate of Beihai Park and has a distinctive courtyard with halls, pavilions and ancient trees.
Located at the Round City in Bei Hai Park is the large jade urn which served as a wine vessel of Kublai Khan, the great Mongolian emperor.
The Central Park of Beijing, Bei Hai Park has an 800-year history as the royal garden of the Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties.
A buddhist temple in Tibetan style; it looks like a bottle. It was built in 1651to honour the dalajlama when he came with his first visit to Beijing.
Originally an Imperial garden, this park features a lake with Island. On the Island is the white Pagoda, a very unique looking temple and circular fortress.
There are a lot of beautiful gates in Beihai Park. They are representative of the Chinese culture. They make a picture perfect, China scene against a background with trees and water.
I'ts nice&famous place people where have a rest &walk here,it has a famous temple called
"white temple"..so it's beautiful!!!!
The mighty Nine Dragon Screen is a site in itself at Beihai Park. On this pic, one can see a group of students studying this famous screen.
The Beijing Ducks (pic of cute duck at Behai Park)
Look at the cute little ducks swimming at Beihai Park. I wonder if they were the same as the one I ate later that night ?
It's an imperial garden built some 900 years ago. The Jade Island and the White Dagoba are the most impressive part of the park.
Beihai Park is the earlist roral garden in Beijing.
Compared to others,it seems to be smaller,but of a diffrent style.
We went around the lake seeing White Dagoba far away. The cool wind blew my face once in a while. It's comfortable. The best way you spent the hot summer season in Beijing is to be at the waterfront.