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Where the Beihai Park located is in the center of Beijing city. It borders on the famous Forbidden City in the southeast, Zhongnanhai (Central and South Seas Lake) in the south, shichahai(Ten Temples Lake)in the north. During the Liao, Jin, Yuan, Ming, Qing dynasty, it's the place only for the emperor family to entertain or deal with the official affairs. Till now it has been existed for nearly a thousand years and being the oldest and best-preserved imperial gardens in China. Along with Zhongnanhai,the two important imperial gardens were both called Xiyuan.

Beihai Park occupies 69 hectares, 39 hectares of which are covered by water. It can be divided into 4 parts: Qiongdao Island, Circular City, East Shore and North Shore. What's more, the 67-meters high Tibet-style White Dagoda standing on the island is the symbol of the park. In the west of Heavenly King Hall in North Shore, there is the Nine-Dragon Screen which is built with glazed color bricks. Made in 1756, the screen wall is 25.86 meters long, 6.65 meters high and 1.42 meters thick. As the fanciest one of the three most famous nine-dragon screens, on either side of it there are nine dragons. Five-Dragon Pavilions in North Shore were rebuilt in Qing Dynasty. The five pavilions above water are connected. It's the place for the emperor family to fish, admire the moon or watch fireworks. Circular City is located in the south of Beihai Park and connected with Qiongdao Island by Yong'an Bridge. This small round citadel which is made by bricks stands on a raised terrace of 4.6 meters high. It is an exquisite small garden, occupying an area of 4,553 square meters.

Travel Tips:

South gate - By bus No. 101、103、109、812、814、846;
North Gate - By bus No. 107、111、118、701、823;
East Gate - By bus No. 5

Admission Fee: RMB 10 (Apr.1 - Oct.31); RMB 5 (Nov.1 to Mar.31)
Opening Hours: 6:00 to 20:00

Toursit Map: www.beihaipark.com.cn/service/images/pic-map.gif
Website (English): www.beihaipark.com.cn/en/about/

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