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Beihai Park

Postby inbeijing » Sun Jul 20, 2014 10:09 pm

Telephone:8610-64033225 Address:No.1,Wenjin Street, Beijing, China Ticket:RMB10/adult

Beihai Park is an AAAA tourist attraction and a key historic site under national protection. Its east and south sides are close to the Palace Museum. It can be reached by many bus routes.

The park used to be an imperial palace serving for the emperors of five dynasties (Liao, Jin, Yuan, Ming, and Qing) and their families to stay for a short time, handle political affairs, or offer sacrifices. At the age of 800, it is the earliest built and best preserved imperial garden in the world.

The park, which creatively follows traditional Chinese architectural tenets and techniques, is a classical Chinese garden and a valuable cultural heritage. It covers 682,000 square meters, with a 389,000-square-meter water-covered area. Its layout-one lake dotted with three isles-embodies a Chinese mythology about the fairyland, and achieves an artistic blending of natural and cultural landscape. Two of the Eight Attractions of Yanjing (Beijing) are located here-Spring Shade on Qionghua Island and Autumn Breeze over Taiyechi.

The park has three major attractions-Qionghua Island, Tuancheng Island, and the north bank. The white pagoda on Qionghua Island has become synonymous with Beihai Park. In the shades of the willows framing the lake are many well-known scenic spots, such as Haopujian, Jingxinzhai, Hall of Heavenly Kings, Kuaixue Hall, Nine-dragon Screen, Five-dragon Pavilion, Chanfu Temple, and Xiaoxitian.

The park offers a variety of boating entertainment and holds exhibitions all the year round. It's a wonderful stop for tourists.

Bus: 5,101, 103, 107,109, 111, 701,814, 823,846
Opening Hours: 6:00 am to 8:30 pm in April, May, September, and Octorber
6:00 am to 10:00 pm in June, July, and Augest
6:00 am to 8:00 pm in January, February, March, November and December

Beihai Fangshan Restaurant

Phone number: 64011889, 64011879, 64042573

Brief introduction:
Beihai Fangshan Restaurant is located on the Qiongdao Island of Beihai Park among Yilantang, Daoning zhai and other ancient buildings which were built in the reign years of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty. The restaurant has a history of over 70 years and is well known in China and abroad for its dishes with court flavors.There are about 800 dishes with court flavors on the menu of Fangshan Restaurant, of which Fengwei Yuchi (shark's fin), Jinchan Yubao (abalone), Yipin Guanyan (edible bird's nest), Youchuan Daxia (fried prawn), Gongmen Xianyu (fish), Liujipu (chicken), etc. are well known for their most unique features. The most popular refreshments of the restaurant are sweet pea pudding, French bean roll, small steamed corn bread and baked cake with mincemeat. The most prominent dish on the menu of Fangshan Restaurant is called "Manhan Quanxi" (or a full and formal banquet combining Manchurian and Han delicacies). Manhan Quanxi uses rare raw foodstuffs, such as the eight rare games from mountains, eight rare foodstuffs from the sea, eight rare games from birds and poultry and eight rare herbal foodstuffs. It combines Manchu barbecue with the cookery of stew, simmer, boil and frying of the Han nationality. It integrates all the features of food series from north and south China and the cooking skills of the Manchu and Han nationalities. It will take four or six meals to eat up a full and formal Manchu and Han banquet. To meet the needs of consumers, the restaurant has developed a meticulously chosen Manchu and Han banquet which consumers can eat up at one meal.

Address of Fangshan Restaurant:
In front of the Nine-dragon Wall in the north bank of the lake in Beihai Park, Xicheng District

Business hours: 10:00 -14:00

In the restaurant, there is no discount item, no compartment, no special service and no admission charge. Reservation should be made one day in advance

Business Hours for Scenic Spots and Docks:
1. Qionghua Island Scenic Areas: 08:30-18:00
Price: 10 yuan per person
2. Dock of big boats: 09:00-18:00
Price: 5 yuan per person
3. Dock of small boats: 09:00-18:00

Types and prices of boats in Beihai Park:
(I) Small boat:
Type Number of persons limited Deposit (yuan) Payment per hour (yuan)
Hand-row boat 5 200 30
Foot-driven boat 4 200 40
Battery-driven boat 4 200 60
Big Battery-driven boat 6 300 100
Laser target-shooting boat 4 200 80

(II) Ferry:
Type of ferryboat Route Number of persons limited Price per person (yuan)
Big ferryboat North bank←→Fangshan Restaurant 120 5
Small Ferryboat West Bank←→Jionghua Island 10 3

(III) Big Boats
Name of boat Brief descriptions about ancient-style boat Number of persons limited Price standard
Chengxiang Boat The boat body is made of fiberglass.
It measures 15.6 meters in length and 4.3 meters in width.
It is completely closed and equipped with an audio-video system. 50 3000 yuan/per hour
Longteng Boat The boat body is made of steel.
It measures 20 meters in length and six meters in width.
It is completely closed and equipped with an audio-video system. 120 3000 yuan/per hour
Yinfeng Boat The boat body is made of wood.
It measures 17 meters in length and 4.8 meters in width.
It has an open-up structure. 120 1800 yuan/per hour
Xiangluan Boat The boat body is made of wood.
It measures 17 meters in length and 4.8 meters in width.
It has an open-up structure. 120 1800 yuan/per hour

Phone numbers for booking pleasure boats: 64016935 64037993

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