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Beijing Botanical Garden

¥5 - ¥50
7 20 Votes
Exploding with blossom in spring, the well-tended Beijing Botanic Gardens, set against the backdrop of the Western Hills and about 1km northeast of Fragrant Hills Park, makes for a pleasant outing among bamboo fronds, pines, orchids, lilacs and China’s most extensive botanic collection. Containing a rainforest house, the standout Běijīng Botanical Gardens Conservatory bursts with 3000 different varieties of plants.

About a 15-minute walk from the front gate, but still within the grounds of the gardens, is Sleeping Buddha Temple. The temple, first built during the Tang dynasty, houses a huge reclining effigy of Sakyamuni weighing 54 tonnes; it’s said to have ‘enslaved 7000 people’ in its casting.

On the eastern side of the gardens is the Cao Xueqin Memorial, where Cao Xueqin lived in his latter years. Cao (1715–63) is credited with penning the classic Dream of the Red Mansions, a vast and prolix family saga set in the Qing period. Making a small buzz in the west of the gardens is the little China Honey Bee Museum.

07:00 - 17:00

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Contact details

  • Name: Beijing Botanical Garden
  • Address: Xiangshan Wofosi - 100093 - Beijing - Chine
  • Phone: (86) 10 6259 1283


Temple, Musée

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