Beihai Park in Beijing is over 1000 years old and covers an area of 690,000 square meters featuring a large peaceful lake, ancient temples, and an islet featuring a 36m high Buddhist shrine in the form of a Tibetan Dagoba.
The ‘White Dagoba’ (also referred to as the White Pagoda) located on Jade Islet towers over the park and can easily be seen from afar. It was originally built in the late 1600’s by a Qing Dynasty Emperor in recognition of the Buddhist faith.
Beihai Park is an easy place to spend a lot of time if your keen to relax and unwind. There is plenty of seats around the lake and you can even hire row boats.
Also not to be missed at the park are the Nine Dragons Screen, Hall of Divine Light, and Circular City. The park is within walking distance of the Forbidden City and entry costs 20 RMB.
Getting There: Take Subway Line 6 to Beihai Bei Station Exit B.
Address in Chinese: 北海公园 (Beihai Gongyuan) – No.1, Wenjin Street, Xicheng District, Beijing
Ticket: Apr. to Oct.: CNY 20; Nov. to Mar.: CNY 15. Includes the main park, Qionghua Islet, and Circular City.
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Beihai Park Tourist Guide Map
Click for larger image. This map features all the sights and will help you to navigate the park and islet without missing anything.