If you’ve made your way to the Forbidden Palace, then it’s worth to take a short 10-minute walk over to Beihai Park, one of the oldest surviving imperial gardens in Beijing. This beautiful open space is a grand sight to behold with its scenic lake, impressive gardens, ancient sculptures and traditional pavilions. It is said that the park was built because emperors were searching for a secret potion that was the elixir of life on three magic mountains on the sea – Penglai, Yingzhou and Fangzhang – where gods who lived there possessed the potion. Hence, Beihai Park was laid out in the form of one pool and three “mountains”.
TIP: Best time of the day to visit the park is in the morning where locals buzz about doing their exercises, singing and dancing!