Beijing Botanical Garden

Beijing Botanical Garden is located between the Fragrant Hills Park (also called Xiangshan Park) and Jade Spring Hill (known as Yuquan Hill) in Haidian District. It is 15 miles (24 kilometers) far from downtown. In 1956, the project with a planned coverage of 4,000,000 square meters or nearly 1,000 acres was begun. Now, Beijing Botanical Garden has an open area of 500 acres (2,000,000 square meters). It consists of the Plant Exhibition Area, the Scenic Spot and the Historical Resorts, the Scientific Research Area and the Nature Reserve. 10,000 categories of plant with a population of 1.5 million plants are cultivated here, for which this one has been regarded as the biggest in north China so far.

Beijing Botanical Garden

Plant Exhibition Area

The Plant Exhibition Area has four clear divisions. The Theme Gardens have 11 sub-divisions including Lilac Garden, Chinese Rose Garden, Flowering Peach Garden, Peony garden, and so on. The Arboretum Garden has Ginkgoaceae, Coniferales, Mapletrees, Basswood, Magnolia, Berberis, Lysidice and Paulownia. 

The Plant Exhibition Area centers on a greenhouse which was open to the public in 2000. With floor space of nearly 2.5 acres (9,800 square meters), it enjoys the reputation of 'the biggest display greenhouse in Asia'. The Greenhouse Exhibition Area is divided into 4 parts: the Tropical Rain Forests Area, the Desert Plants Area, the Garden of Seasons and the Theme Exhibition Rooms. Plants of 3,100 varieties with population of 60,000 thrive in the greenhouse, including Lithops, pencil bush and cymbidiums. It makes the Greenhouse an important base for scientific education and research. 

Historical Resorts

In the natural and historical resort, there are the Wofo Temple, the Liang Qichao's Tomb (1873–1929, a Chinese scholar, philosopher, journalist and reformist in the late Qing Dynasty 1616 - 1911), who inspired Chinese with his reform movement), the Memorial of Cao Xueqin (the Author of the literary work 'Story of the Stone'---one of the Four Great classical Chinese novels, The Cherry Valley (one of the gardens in the Beijing countryside), the Commemorating Booth of 'December Ninth's Movement' (a student demonstration in 1935, under the organization of Chinese Communists) and the Sites of Longjiao Temple (an ancient Buddhist temple).

Map of Beijing Botanical Garden
Map of Beijing Botanical Garden

How to get to Beijing Botanical Garden

 By Subway:
1. Take line 10 to Bagou Station. Then transfer to Western Suburban Line and get off at Zhiwuyuan Station directly.
2. Take line 4 and get off at Beigongmen Station. Get out from Exit A and transfer to bus 331 or 563, and get off at Zhiwuyuan Nanmen (the south gate of Beijing Botanical Garden) Station.
3. Take line 1 and get off at Pingguoyuan Station. Get out from Exit C and transfer to bus Yuntong 112 and get off at Zhiwuyuan Nanmen Station.
 By Bus:
1. Take bus 331, 505, 563, or Yuntong 112 and get off at Zhiwuyuan Nanmen Station or Wofo Si (Wofo Temple) Station.
2. Take bus 318, 360, 630, or 698 and get off at Zhiwuyuan (Botanical Garden) Station.
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Site Ticket Price Opening Hours
Apr. 1 to Nov. 15 Nov. 16 to Mar. 31
Botanical Garden CNY 5 6:00 - 21:00 6:30 - 19:00
Greenhouse CNY 50 8:00 - 17:30 8:30 - 17:00
Wofo Temple CNY 5 8:00 - 17:30 8:30 - 17:00
Cao Xueqin Memorial Hall
(Closed every Monday)
Free 8:00 - 17:30 8:30 - 17:00

1. Combo Ticket: CNY 50 for Botanical Garden + Greenhouse + Wofo Temple
2. Free for children under 3.9 feet (1.2m).
3. The best time to visit is from March to June, when many flowers are in blossom.

Further Reading: Where to Go in Beijing in Spring - Top 10 Destinations

- Last updated on Apr. 06, 2023 by Catherine He -
Questions & Answers on Beijing Botanical Garden
Asked by mani from LAOS | Mar. 29, 2019 06:29Reply
when is the best time to visit Beijing Botanical Garden for tulips?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lily from POLAND | Apr. 09, 2019 02:25

Generally speaking, April is the recommended time to see the tulips.
Asked by Sara from SOUTH AFRICA | Jan. 22, 2019 01:24Reply
Is the bee museum at the Beijing botanical gardens still open?
Answers (3)
Answered by Trent from FINLAND | Jan. 22, 2019 19:03

Yes, the museum still open.
Answered by Sara from SOUTH AFRICA | Jan. 22, 2019 23:10

Thank you Trent. Did you visit recently and is it worth going there?
Answered by Trent | Jan. 22, 2019 23:18

One of my friends went there before. He said it was interesting!
Asked by Fiona from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 18, 2018 08:19Reply
Hi, is it worth going to Beijing Botanical Gardens in Winter (ie tomorrow January 19th?)
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Answered by Olivia from NEW ZEALAND | Jan. 18, 2018 19:28

I think it’s okay to pay a visit, and as I remember, many flowers are kept in the greenhouse.
Asked by Sharon Wong from NEW ZEALAND | Mar. 20, 2017 22:36Reply
Is it better to catch the bus to Botanical Garden from Beigongmen Station or Pingguoyuan Station?
Answers (1)
Answered by Abigail from CANADA | Mar. 21, 2017 02:46

Well, taking the public bus is not recommended. It won't be easy for you to find the bus stops (Chinese characters). The distance is not far. You are suggested to take a taxi instead. From Beigongmen Station, the cab fare is about CNY 30. From Pingguoyuan Station, it costs around CNY 40.
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