Beihai Park (Beihai Gongyuan)
Before 1911, when the Qing dynasty ended, this park was attached to the Forbidden City. Built in the 10th century, it is one of the most lavish and important Chinese gardens. The landscaping references geological features from all over China. If you miss these subtleties, you'll still enjoy a day wandering among the lakes of water lilies, marvelling at the architecture and watching the calligraphers create their fleetingly beautiful poems in water on the flagstones.
The garden is actually mostly lake (Beihai means 'Northern Sea'), but there's plenty to look at on land. There's an immense white jade Buddha from Myanmar (bearing a war wound in the arm from the Boxer Rebellion days), a green jade jar dating from the thirteenth century, the 9 Dragon Wall with its cavorting dragons and clouds, a white stupa decorated with the sun and the moon, and countless other temples and pavilions.
Tours & Tickets
Go sightseeing on your own, or with a knowledgeable local guide, on a private customized tour of Beijing that includes transport. Make use of a private vehicle ... Read more
Duration: 4 or 8 hours
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 ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)