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Beihai Park - Great Place for Leisure in Downtown Beijing

I like natural scenery much better so the tour to Beihai Park made me feel pleased and comfortable. Once I thought it was only a big park and will not cost much time traveling around it, however I was completely wrong. Walking around the Jade Flowery Islet, it was already cost me 2 hours. Together with Jingshan, very near to the Forbidden City, Beihai Park is one of the imperial gardens during Qing Dynasty.

Outside the park, the White Pagoda is eye appeal so my first destination is it. On the way to the White Pagoda, I arrived at Temple of Eternal Peace. The temples in Beihai Park have all become the tourist attractions, so there is no incense. On the first and fifth day of a month, the incense given by the tourists unified burned. From the Temple of Eternal Peace, the branches are hanging the visible brand for blessing. The Bell Tower in the temple costs extra three yuan, ring the bell three symbolizing peace auspicious.

Forbidden City View from Beihai Park

Boarded the White Tower is not easy. Tourists had to climb the 70 wooden steps. Additional three Yuan get to the top of the tower overlooking the scenery of the central zone of Beijing. Where vision is extremely open, panoramic views of the Forbidden City, the highest point of Jingshan Park, Tiananmen Square and the National Grand Theater, how spectacular!

Stepped down from the White Tower, around Jade Flowery Islet, I met the Yuexin Palace, Yuegu Tower, Long Gallery, Qiongdao Chunyin and other attractions. The worth mentioning attraction is the Fangshan Restaurant, which is a famous restaurant franchise court of authentic flavor. Since 1911 the Qing Dynasty was overthrown, the former Qing imperial kitchen cooks lost their jobs. In 1925, a former practitioners in the Qing imperial kitchen Zhaos Renzhai, inviting Sun Shaoran and other "imperial kitchen" workers opened a restaurant, modeled on the practices of the Qing "Imperial", making a variety of dishes, and take the name of "Fangshan". 1959, the "Fangshan" moved to the present site by the North Shore of Beihai, not only to expand the business area, but also add variety dishes. Fangshan produced exquisite dishes, paid attention to the appearance of color shape and the taste, inherited the Qing "Imperial" clean, fresh, crisp, and tender. If you want to experience the authentic Palace Food, here will be the best place.

Long Gallery, although not famous as the one in Summer Palace, it is very beautiful. A large number of tourists came here to have a short rest enjoying the scenery on the lake. I took the sightseeing cruise to the other side of the park. Overlooking, the gallery around the White Pagoda, surrounds the Jade Flowery Islet, so beautiful!

Beihai Park Leisure

In order to get some different feelings during our third Beijing tour, we decided to join the group of Beijing Night Bike Tour. That really worth, it is wonderful beyond our imagination.

Outside looking the Forbidden, we still felt the strong imperial power spread through it. It is hard to sum up the Forbidden City. The scenery around Shichahai Lake is much more attractive. During the bike tour, our tour guide told us that Beihai Park enjoys very beautiful scenery which is the place really worth visiting especially in summer. So our final park to visit in Beijing was Beihai Park. The night scenery in Beijing is charming, with all the lights shining along Changan Street, we got a wonderful feeling.

Beihai Park Scenery

Sunshine welcomed us this morning as we awoke with our early bird children. Start our tour to Beihai! It is across from Jingshan Park and the Forbidden City, but much larger. A huge lake is situated in the middle of it and it is much more expensive to get in that Jingshan. There is a massive lake in the middle, where there are boats taking people to an island in the centre and you can take boats out yourselves (we didn't since our legs are a bit sore from yesterday and didn't think we could stand the peddling). The centre piece of the park is the White Dagoda, which was built as a symbol for the belief of Buddhism. The children and I climbed up to more spectacular views of the city. After this, we wandered around the lake and then found a bench to rest on. The Bonsai trees are huge, when I think of the tiny one we used to have and killed, it is amazing how they maintain them.

There were also people chanting, dancing and playing instruments throughout the park. Especially elderly people are out in the parks every morning enjoying all different sorts of activities.

Thanks to the sunny fine weather, we took a lot of beautiful pictures and enjoyed a lot of fun during Beijing trip. Anyway thank you very much to our tour guide Lily. Her flexible advices did help us a lot.

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