Behai Park is one of the largest, oldest and best preserved park in Beijing. The Chinese people are brilliant and you can see it in their parks. They are grand, majestic and also utilitarian. They’re not just pretty to look at but they also have their function.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Subway: Take Subway Line 4 and get off at Ping’anli Station. Leave from Southeast Exit and walk along Dianmen Xi Dajie to the east for 20 minutes to the north gate.
Bus: Take Bus 5, Zhuan 1, Zhuan 2, 109, 124, 202, 211, 614, 619, 685 or Trolley Bus 101, 103, to Beihai Park Station.
Take Bus 13, 42, 90 Inner Line, 90 Outer Line, 612, 623, 609, 701, or Trolley Bus 107, 111, 118, 204 Inner Line and 204 Outer Line to Beihai Beimen Station.
There are restaurants at both ends of the park just in case you get hungry and also a restaurant that serves Imperial style of food in the middle of the island like structure. There are restrooms all over the area.
If you look closely under the red paint of the wall, those covered windows with glass look like bulletin boards at a glance but they’re actually newspapers which are displayed page by page so If you’d like to check out the news museum style, pag by page at a time. I think that’s a brilliant idea.
On the other side, there are actually museums as well but we just continued walking up to the front. There was this garden and pagoda which is probably the highlight of the park but you have to pay a fee to get in. Ours was only for general admission to the park.
At the end, we asked the lady if there were any subway stations nearby or buses and she said that there aren’t any. I think it’s mostly tourist buses that go in from the South exit. We didn’t really want to take a taxi so we had to walk all the way to the North exit. She said that we can take the golf cart for 10 yuan per person.