Tuesday, September 7, 2010

BeiHai Park in Beijing

Above: This gate is inside Beihai Park in Beijing. Recently I went there for photo safari, gallery below.


Imperial Experience at BeiHai Park
PICTORIAL - BeiHai Park aka Winter Palace

No question about it, Beijing inner city parks are the best in China. BeiHai Park is 1000 years old. There are historical reasons which bring scale and content into BeiHai Park.

Beihai Park has many target points for visitors: Nine-Dragon Wall, Five-Dragon Pavilions, White Pagoda, Round City, YueGu Tower, Iron Screen, FangShan Restaurant and more. Now BeiHai Park had also autumn flower show, chrysanthemums.

Park is located near Forbidden City and north of ZhongNanHai area, where China's leaders have worked and lived for the last 100 years.

Park had Chinese groups from around the country. Tens of small boats on the lake. Nice going. This was my sixth time in BeiHai, every time has been no less than an imperial experience.


-- BeijingMan

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South Gate. Tickets 5RMB, about 0.5EUR.


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Inside the South Gate.


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Tourist group near Round City, Tuan Cheng, left.


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Round City, TuanCheng, also known as Circular City.
INTRODUCTION. "Round City (Tuan Cheng), originally an islet in Taiye Lake, was part of Da Ning Gong in the Jin Dynasty. In 1264, the Yi Tian Dian was built on it, and the name was changed into Cheng Guang Dian in 1417. The Round City's total area is about 4500 square meters with a circular wall of 4.6 metres high and 276 metres long. In 1669, the Cheng Guang Dian was collapsed in an earthquake. It was rebuilt in 1690 and expanded in 1746 to the present scale."


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View from Round City wall, previous picture.


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Lots of Chinese tourist groups, celebrations.


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White Pagoda.


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Tickets to Qiong Islet - White Pagoda.


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Gifts and souvenirs.


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YueGu Tower, YueGuLou.


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YueGu Tower, YueGuLou.


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YueGu Tower, YueGuLou.
INTRODUCTION. "Constructed in 1753 during the reign of the Qing Dynasty Emperor Qianlong, it houses the stone inscription of The Model Handwriting of San Xi Tang. The two-storey building is in the form of half moon. In 1947 Emperor Qianlong ordered that the original handwritings of famous calligraphers of the Wei through the Ming Dynasties preserved in the imperial palace should be edited as a book called the San-Xi-Tang Shi-Qu Bao-Ji Fa-Tie and engraved on stone tablets; the total number of which are 495. Later they where moved here."


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At the side of YueGu Tower.


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Around Qiong Islet.


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Around Qiong Islet.


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Around Qiong Islet.


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Around Qiong Islet.


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Around Qiong Islet. FangShan Restaurant, opened 1925. Original, famous.
INTRODUCTION. "Restaurant originates from the royal kitchen where food and dish was cooked only to cater to the royal family. It used to serve Empress Dowager Cixi 108 kinds of dish according to historical records."


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Boat from Qiong Islet.


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Boat from Qiong Islet.


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Boat from Qiong Islet. Across the lake.


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Boat from Qiong Islet. Captain's cabin.


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Boat from Qiong Islet. Captain's cabin.


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Boat from Qiong Islet. Captain's SMS.


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Trip started, behind is Qiong Islet.


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In the middle of the lake.


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Parallel fun.


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Mirror realities during boat trip.


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After crossing the lake.


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A Ferrari fan, good stuff. Was it Kimi Räikkönen, a Finn, who won for Ferrari their last F1 World Championship in 2007?


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Five-Dragon Pavilions, first was built in 1602.


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Next target is far up there, inside, flower show.


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View from top of the steps, previous picture.


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Inside flower show area.


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Chrysanthemums.


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Chrysanthemums.


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Iron Screen, TieYingBi.
INTRODUCTION. "The Iron Screen, a treasure from the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), is carved from single piece of dark brown igneous rock and derives its name from the color and material which resembles iron. The screen is 3.56 meters wide and 1.89 meters high: clouds and strange creatures of primitive simplicity are carved on both sides."


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It was Sunday in November and afternoon was cool. There are days when Beijing air is really porridge, but this time it worked quite ok. Going around the park took over 3 hours. I snapped 280 pictures, got imperial experience, and will visit again.

BeiHai Park in Beijing
+ Environment for leisure: lake, mountain, buildings, paths
+ Many target points: Nine-Dragon Wall, Five-Dragon Pavilions etc.
+ People from other provinces, from around China
- Some parts were very crowded
***** GOOD TARGET FOR HALF DAY PHOTO SAFARI *****


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