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  • Address: Northwest of the Forbidden City, Beijing, China

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Beihai Park (Beihai Gongyuan) Tours

Part of the Forbidden City during the Qing Dynasty, this 10th-century park is one of China’s oldest, largest, and most important ancient imperial gardens. Situated in the center of Beijing, the 171-acre (69-hectare) garden features a temple, bell and drum towers, a white pagoda, pavilions, lakes, and the intricate Nine-Dragon Wall.

The Basics
Visiting Beihai Park is akin to taking a crash course in Imperial Chinese history and culture, and with its central location in the city’s Xicheng District, it’s easy to visit. Though the park is no longer part of the Imperial City, a boat ride here is often included in tours of the Palace Museum. Combine your visit to the park with a tour of the Temple of Heaven, Lama Temple, or Jingshan Park, or capture a memorable photo by donning a traditional Hanfu costume during a guided walk through the gardens.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Beihai Park is a must-visit for history buffs, gardeners, and families. 
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
  • Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat.
  • Nearly all of Beihai Park is wheelchair accessible, with the exception of the hill. 
  • Give yourself about two hours to tour the park’s gardens and attractions.

How to Get There
Beihai Park is located next to the Forbidden City and is easily accessible by public transportation. Take one of several public buses to Beihai or Beihai Beimen, or take subway Line 6 to Beihai Bei and leave through Exit B.

When to Get There
The park is open daily throughout the year, with slightly shorter hours during the winter (November to March). Plan to visit on a weekday morning, when the gardens and attractions are less crowded, and avoid visiting on Chinese national holidays.

The White Dagoba
One of the park’s many unique features is a Tibetan dagoba, or shrine, built in 1651 by the first emperor of the Qing Dynasty to demonstrate a desire for unification among China’s many ethnic groups. The shrine has since been twice destroyed and rebuilt. Perched atop the highest point in the park, it offers some of the best panoramic views of the surroundings.

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Hanfu Experience at Beihai Park and Hutong plus Houhai Lake Boat Ride, Beijing, null
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Hanfu Experience at Beihai Park and Hutong plus Houhai Lake Boat Ride

This interesting 4-hour private tour make you time travel into Han Dynasty, the second imperial dynasty of China (206 BC–220AD) since you will dress up the ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
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2-Hour Beijing Private Jingshan Coal Hill Park and Beihai Park Walking Tour, Beijing, Day Cruises
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2-Hour Beijing Private Jingshan Coal Hill Park and Beihai Park Walking Tour

Book this unique 2-hour tour to experience the breathtaking view of the Forbidden City from the top of one of Beijing's very few hills, and followed by a ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Skip-the-Line Imperial Beijing Private VIP City Tour Including Lunch at Royal Icehouse Restaurant, ... 
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Skip-the-Line Imperial Beijing Private VIP City Tour Including Lunch at Royal Icehouse Restaurant

Visit the Forbidden City with fast track access accompanied by your   private guide, visit special exclusive rooms in the Forbidden City, View the ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Beijing Day Trip of the Forbidden City, Hutong, Beihai Park and the Lama Temple, Beijing, ... 
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Beijing Day Trip of the Forbidden City, Hutong, Beihai Park and the Lama Temple

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Although Beijing has modernized along with the rest of the country there are still a lot of historical charms remaining. This is a full day tour with an ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $84.00
Day Tour of Beijing: Temple of Heaven, Beihai Park and Lama Temple, Beijing, Full-day Tours
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Day Tour of Beijing: Temple of Heaven, Beihai Park and Lama Temple

This is a day tour to explore the tradition of Beijing with English-speaking guide through the historical sites. you will be able to see the ancient ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $153.00
Small-Group Beijing Beihai Park and Hutong Tour with a Professional Photographer, Beijing, City ... 
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Small-Group Beijing Beihai Park and Hutong Tour with a Professional Photographer

Capture images of old Beijing and mingle with real Beijingers on this 3-hour, small-group walking tour led by a professional photographer and longterm Beijing ...  Read more

Location: Beijing Region, China
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Private Customized Shore Excursion from Tianjin Port to Beijing, Beijing, Walking Tours
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Private Customized Shore Excursion from Tianjin Port to Beijing

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Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

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Private Beijing Jingshan Hill, Beihai, and Hutongs with Imperial Lunch, Beijing, Ports of Call Tours
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Private Beijing Jingshan Hill, Beihai, and Hutongs with Imperial Lunch

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This private day tour is designed for people who enjoy walking and a little bit hiking as you will walk around in two famous imperial parks plus the original ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.00
Private Tour to Beijing Panda House and Cruise to Summer Palace with Imperial Dinner, Beijing, ... 
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Private Tour to Beijing Panda House and Cruise to Summer Palace with Imperial Dinner

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This family-friendly private tour starts with the Panda House of the Beijing Zoo and features nearly all of the main attractions in the Summer Palace. You will ...  Read more

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Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Private Custom Tour: Beijing in One Day, Beijing, Day Cruises
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Private Custom Tour: Beijing in One Day

4.5 star rating: Recommended 118 Reviews

A privately guided tour, customized to your needs for a full day touring in Beijing. Some highlights include the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, visiting the ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $15.99

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