Beijing Travel - Beihai Park

Beijing Travel - Beihai Park

Beihai Park is an antiquated royal nursery by the Forbidden City in the core of Beijing. With over a thousand years of history, Beihai Park is China's most established old-style nursery and one of the biggest and best safeguarded.

With old Buddhist sanctuaries, walled urban communities, flawless old-style plants, an enormous lake, and magnificent royal residences, Beihai Park is one of the top travel spots in Beijing. In the event that you are in Beijing and have time, I firmly suggest you spend at any rate a large portion of multi-day visiting Beihai Park and appreciating the numerous attractions there.

Beijing Travel - Beihai Park


Beihai Park was initially worked in 938 by Emperor Huitong of the Liao Dynasty (907-1125). Later during the period from 1166 to 1179 Beihai Park was changed to a supreme summer castle for Emperor Dating of the Jin Dynasty (11115-1234).

Subsequent to mollifying China and putting a great part of the nation to the sword, Kublai Khan utilized Beihai Park as the focal point of the Yuan Dynasty's new capital Dadu in 1274. Later when the Ming Dynasty took control in 1368, Dadu was renamed as Beijing and Beihai Park was changed to a royal residence garden. Later in 1420 when the Forbidden City was finished, Beihai Park was associated with the Forbidden City and the foundation of the magnificent city.

The last change made to Beihai Park was broad remaking by Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty. Sovereign Qianlong was one of China's longest authoritative head's (1735-1796) and the last extraordinary ruler, The recreation center was not opened to people in general until 1925 after the establishment of the Communist Party of China.

Grounds and attractions

Beihai Park is right around 70 hectares in size and over a large portion of this region is secured by Beihai lake. In the focal point of the lake is a huge island or islet considered Jade Flowery Islet that holds a significant number of the parks fundamental attractions. The recreation center holds at any rate 30 noteworthy locales so I have just included underneath the significant destinations that are most worth visiting.

Yongan Temple or Temple of Eternal Peace

Situated on Jade Flowery Islet and overwhelming the recreation center's horizon, the Yongan Temple is the fundamental site in Beihai Park and holds the White Dagoba which is the image of Beihai Park.

The sanctuary was first worked in 1651 by the primary sovereign of the Qing Dynasty in line with a Tibetan lama. The sovereign allowed the lama's solicitation as a method for demonstrating he was a faithful Buddhist and to join the diverse ethnic gatherings in China that had Buddhism as a typical religion. The sanctuary is worked in the side of Baita Hill and has three levels.

The primary level has three structures, the Bell Tower toward the east, the Drum Tower toward the west and the Falundian (Dhamma Wheel Hall) in the middle. The Faludian is the fundamental structure in the sanctuary and contains pictures of the Sakyamuni Buddha, eight incredible Bodhisattvas and eighteen arhats.

The subsequent level is a patio at the highest point of a precarious trip of stairs. A number of structures encompass the patio and the fundamental structure there is the Pu A the lobby which houses pictures of the organizer of the Tibetan Yellow Hat Sect of Buddhism and his two primary supporters.

Yongan Temple

The third level is a stage at the highest point of the slope that holds the White Dagoba which is additionally called Bai Tai or White Pagoda. The pagoda is 35.9 meters and was raised in 1651 when the sanctuary was assembled. The pagoda was harmed by earth shake and revamped three times in 1679, 1730 and 1976 during the Tangshan earth shudder even in the wake of being strengthened in 1964.

The pagoda is made of white stone and is enriched by inscriptions of the sun, moon, and fire. The highest point of the pagoda holds a huge adornment with 14 bronze ringers hanging of it. This trimming is plainly obvious in all the photographs of the White Dagoba. A mystery hallowed place in the pagoda holds Buddhist sacred writings, the remaining parts of incinerated priests, their mantles and their donations bowls.

Tiancheng (City of Harmony)

On a little raised slope close to the southern passage of the recreation center is mind-boggling encompassed by 4.6 meter high dividers called Tiancheng City. Tiancheng City was initially worked during the Jin Dynasty just about 900 years back as a piece of the Daning Palace and has since experienced numerous redesigns and changes. The latest remaking was in 1690 after the principle assemble was demolished in 1669

The city has an edge of 276 meters and has an encased region of 4,500 square meters. The city itself just contains four noteworthy and four minor structures.

The fundamental structure is the Hall of Divine Light that holds a 1.6-meter tall Buddha made out of a solitary bit of Jade that is implanted with valuable stones. The statue was a blessing to Emperor Guangxu by a Cambodian King. The statue was harmed by outside brutes (Eight-Nation Alliance) in the battling for Beijing in 1900. The corridor is, for the most part, vacant and reserved to tourists with a special raised area and (I'm speculating) the statue at the back.

The other primary fascination here is the Jade Jar made in 1265. Kublai Khan put a container in a corridor on Jade Flowery Islet that he utilized as a wine vessel for his galas and gatherings. That container was lost not long after and not found until 1745 and a structure in 1749. The Jade Jar has the state of an oval, 0.7 meters high, has a circuit of 4.93 meters and weighs 3.5 ton. Simply envision how much wine the Jade Jar held and the hangovers they had!

Tiancheng City is additionally the home of the Marquis of Shade. A 20 meter high Chines pine tree more than 800 years of age that kept the Emperor Qianlong cool on a sweltering summer day and headed out his weariness during one of his visits. In appreciation, the sovereign allowed the fortunate tree the title of the Marquis of Shade.

Nine Dragon Wall or Screen

In antiquated China, three dividers or screens were made that demonstrated nine winged serpents playing in mists. These dividers are made out of coated tiles of seven distinct hues. The other two dividers are in the Forbidden City and in Datong City (Shanxi Province). The divider was worked in 1756 and is made of 424 of the coated tiles. In contrast to the next two dividers, the Beihai Park divider has nine winged serpents on the two sides not only one side.

The whole park is canvassed in captivating and fascinating locales, structures and smaller than usual gardens so after you've seen these three top attractions there is still a great deal to do. A few attractions, however, are incredibly normal and I can't resist feeling in those spots that the recreation center administration just adorned a touch of history and set up a ticket counter to get more cash-flow.

The Ancient Caves of the Jade Islet is a great case of this. The extra charge is 5rmb and the old caverns take an entire 3 minutes to cross and that is strolling all-around gradually. The caverns are additionally brimming with extremely kitschy statues that resemble Chinese greenhouse little persons. Normally the cavern exits into a shop.

There is even a royal position like seat toward the north of Yongan Temple on the Jade Flowery Islet watched by an elderly person who charges individuals 5rmb to snap a picture sitting on it. I discovered this extremely entertaining so snapped a picture of the seat and its silly sticker price. Not one to neglect an open door by, the old woman saw me snapping the picture of the seat and demanded I pay 5rmb for the privilege. I needed to keep running off down the slope to get away from her.

So my suggestion is to see the three locales recorded above, wander around the islet and the northwest the segment of the lake, has an incredible and simply disregard the less fascinating spots.


The least demanding and most fascinating approach to reach Beihai Park is to get the metro to Tiananmen Square west station and walk. Leave one of the stations northern leaves that will be by a street traveling north called Nanchang Street. Nanchang road pursues the channel on the west side of the Forbidden City and completes alongside the southern exit of Beihai Park.

The walk will take around 10 to 20 minutes and give incredible perspectives outwardly of the Forbidden City and a portion of the hutongs in that piece of Beijing.

Tickets and Times

The primary piece of the recreation center is open structure 6am to 10pm during the pinnacle summer season. The ticket cost is 10rmb and a considerable lot of the destinations in the recreation center will likewise charge somewhere in the range of 3rmb and 10rmb.

Authoritatively you need 2 to 4 hours to see Beihai Park. By and by to unwind and truly appreciate it, you should plan to be there for at any rate 4 hours.

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