Explore the Best Parks in Beijing–Jingshan Park And Beihai Park

Take a Break and Explore the City’s Delightful Parks

Jingshan park guide
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There’s always a reason to visit one of Beijing’s parks. As well as being perfect for relaxing, Beijing’s parks have plenty of things to do and activities to enjoy: playing chess, kungfu, taichi, stick fighting, singing opera, dancing, and live music concerts, not to mention some breathtaking views. You can get involved personally in these activities, and have a lot of fun.

Jingshan Park

Jingshan Park is located in the center of Beijing, directly at the north of the Forbidden City. It’s a beautiful, Royal landscape garden on Jingshan hill, and the highest point in Beijing is at the mid summit of Jingshan. From the park, you can get a clear full view of the Forbidden City.

During the Qing, Ming, and Yuan Dynasties, Jingshan hill served as an imperial garden and was laid out properly and that the reign of Ming Dynasty where many palaces and pavilions were built and numerous fruit trees planted for the Emperor.

Highlights of Jingshan Hill

The Hill is comprised of five individual peaks, and there’s an elaborate pavilion on top of each peak. The pavilions were used by the officials to hold gatherings and for leisure purposes. At the middle of the 5 pavilions you can view the splendid Beihai Park and White Dagoba temple located in the west, the glorious Forbidden City located at the south, as well as the decorous Bell and Drum Towers located at the northern end.

The place is highly popular among the local elderly people for gathering and socializing. You can easily find elderly folks singing opera, dancing, or doing other cultural activities like Kuai ban at the park.

Jingshan park tour guide
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The park is also quite popular for its peonies, and is one of the largest rose garden peonies in Beijing. In the month of May every year, the park displays a colorful scene with over 20,000 roses from 200 different varieties being in bloom. So, if you’re interested in flowers, you can find numerous rare and other popular varieties to please your taste.

How to get there: Take Subway Line 8 to Shichahai Station. Get out from Exit C and then walk south for about 1km you will reach the north gate of the park.

Opening Hours: Daily 6.30am-7pm

Entrance Fee: 10RMB (April to Oct); 5RMB (Nov to March)

Beihai Park

Beihai Park is located 500 m to the west of the north gate of the Forbidden City in the center of Beijing. Also called the Northern Sea Park, Beihai Park is one of the largest, best preserved, and most ancient gardens in China. The imperial ancient garden has over 1000 years’ of history, and is a classic combination of the refinement of the Southern Gardens in China, the grandiosity of the northern gardens, and is the perfect integration of solemn religious constructions and magnificent imperial palaces.

The whole park occupies a total of 68 ha. with the Beihai lake taking up more than half of it. As a former palace of the emperors in successive dynasties, it has existed throughout the Qing, Ming, Yuan, Jin, and Liao Dynasties. Much of the buildings that stand today were constructed during the reign of Emperor Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty (1644 to 1911 A.D.).

Beihai park travel guide
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Today, Beihai Park is a popular classical attraction in China, with pavilions, hills, halls, covered corridors, and temples. At the top of White Dagoba Hill in front of the magnificent White Dagoba is the red walls and golden tiles of the Jinshan Park and the Forbidden City. To the east is its five pavilions and the graceful buildings of the Round City (Tuancheng), with the green waves of Zhongnanhai towards the south. You can also get panoramic view of the Museum of history, the great Hall of the people, and many other high-rise buildings in Beijing. This makes Beihai Park on of the most popular scenic spots in the Beijing.

How to get there: Take Subway Line 6 and get off at Beihai Bei Station. Go out from Exit B and you will reach the north gate of the park.

Opening Hours: Daily 6.30am-9pm

Entrance Fee: 10RMB (April to Oct); 5RMB (Nov to March)

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