BEIHAI PARK

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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!

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