The "Beihai Park" is the most beautiful garden in the center of Beijing. Interesting is the White Pagoda on Jade Island, the "Temple of Eternal Peace" and the famous "Nine Dragon Wall" which is situated across the lake. There is a Ferry service to reach the places along the lake shore. There are even more attractions to be discovered in the beautiful park.
The "Temple of Heaven" is situated in a park with many old trees. The "Tiantan Gongyuan" offers something very rare in Beijing, a forest-like green space. If you want to escape from the heat of the city, without having to go to the mountains, here you will find a shady place.
North of the "Beihai" Lake there are three other lakes, the Xi Hai, Hou Hai and Qian Hai. On the banks of the Qian Hai there are numerous restaurants and in the summer the terraces of cafes and bars are well visited. At Hou Hai it is more quiet, there are luxurious courtyard houses for the rich.
The "Prince Gong's Mansion" (Gong Wang Fu) is an extensive estate, situated in the north-west of Beijing. The various buildings of the Prince, are associated with gardens and ponds. The complex includes a theater. The residence was built between 1750-1850.
The "Garden of the great view" is a beautiful garden in the classic north chinese style. The entire park is crossed by waters and stone formations, with pavilions, halls and covered corridors.
The "Fragrant Hills" (Xiang Shan) are situated in the Western Mountains (Xi Shan). The park offers many attractions. In addition to an imperial residence, you will find Buddhist temples, pagodas, pavilions and the studio of the quiet heart "Xin Jian" (photo). The "Temple of Azure Cloud" is quite close to the northern exit.