Beihai Park


Entrance Fee Apr. to Oct.: CNY 10;                                       Nov. to Mar.: CNY 5
Combination Ticket Apr. to Oct.: CNY 20;                                       Nov. to Mar.: CNY 15
Opening Hours Apr. to Oct.: 06:00 to 21:00 (ticket office closed at 20:30)
Nov. to Mar.: 06:30 to 20:00 (ticket office closed at 19:30)

Known as the Winter Palace, Beihai Park is an imperial garden and palace in Beijing since its founding, including the Jin, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties through to 1911. With a history of nearly 1,000 years it is one of the oldest and best preserved imperial gardens in China. It is celebrated at home and abroad for its rich and assorted cultural heritage, unique gardening art, and beautiful lakes and mountains.

Behai Park is rich with references to Chinese mythology, particularly as relates to the fairyland mountains of Penlai, Yingzhou and Fangzhang on which its structure is based. Many Chinese emperors have built their palaces in accordance with these fairytales as they are supposed to guarantee immortality. The whole garden is centered by the lake, with the Jade Flower Isle as the centerpiece. Other scenic areas include the northern shore, the eastern shore, and the Round City.

Explore Beihai Park you can visit these sites:

White Pagoda: built in 1651 on the former site where Kublai Khan received Marco Polo. At the suggestion of a famous Tibetan lama, Emperor Shunzhi, the first emperor of the Qing Dynasty agreed to build a Tibetan style Pagoda to show his belief in Buddhism as well as his desire for the unification among various Chinese ethnic groups. The White Pagoda was destroyed in an earthquake and reconstructed twice.

Yong’an Temple: include Shanyin Hall, Zhengjue Hall, the Bell and Drum Tower

Nine-Dragon Screen: the only screen having nine huge dragons on both sides among the most famous three Nine-Dragon Screens in China (the other two are respectively in the Forbidden City and Datong, Shanxi Province). Built in 1756, the Nine-Dragon Screen is about 90 feet (27 meters) long, 21.8 feet (6.65 meters) high and 4.7 feet (1.42 meters) thick. It is composed of 424 seven-color glazed tiles that embossing the screen.

Five-Dragon Pavilions: Built first in 1602 and repaired several times in Qing Dynasty as a place for the royal members to relax, fishing, enjoy their life.

Circular City: Including few halls, towers and pavilions. The Chengguang Hall which holds the extremely precious white jade statue of Buddha introduced from Burma at the end of Qing Dynasty.


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