Beijing’s Boating Season: Beihai Park

Imagine a sunny spring day spent out on a lake, a cool breeze on your face and the reflection of hills in the water…is there a better way to welcome spring? Many Beijing parks have already opened up their lakes for boating, including the much-loved Beihai Park.


Beihai Park is located in central Beijing, with the Forbidden City and Jingshan Park to its east, Zhong Nan Hai (Central and South Seas) to its south. It is one of the oldest and best-preserved imperial gardens in China, with a history of more than 1,000 years.

In spring, Beihai Park is immersed in the sea of flowers. The light green buds of willow trees blow in the soft spring breeze. Now is the best time to observe the spring shadow of Qiong Island. And boats are already available for rent.


For convenience, the park has prepared eight piers all around the lake. There are over 400 boats of different sizes and styles to meet visitors’ requirements. This year Beihai Park has renovated 80 pedal and battery-powered boats and appointed a full-time water safety guard and lifeguards at each of the piers. Each boat is equipped with life vests. Fire hydrants, fire axes, sandboxes and other fire equipment are also available on the big boats.

Tickets:10 RMB

Hours:November-March:6:30-20:00,no tickets sold after 19:30  April-October: 6:30-21:00,no tickets sold after 20:30

Boating hours:9:00-17:00(no tickets after 16:00)

Address:No.1 Wenjin Street, Xicheng District, Beijing (north of the Forbidden City)


Transportation: South, Southwest Gates: Bus 5、101、103、109、124、685、614、619to Beihai Park stop; East Gate:Bus 5、609 to Xibanqiao stop; North Gate:Bus 13、42、107、111、118、609、701、623 to Beihai Park stop.

Read more:

Beijing in April: The Best Places to Welcome Spring

Xiangshan Park: Feeling Spring in Beijing


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