Yanqi Lake

Yanqi Lake, located at the foot of the Yanshan Mountains, Huairou District, northeast suburb of Beijing, is about 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the city center. Open to the public since 1987, this lake features wonderful natural waterscape and colorful aquatic amusement facilities. It is gaining popularity among the locals and tourists.

Yanqi Lake is split into the east and west lakes. With the water surface area of 230 hectares (275,000 square yards), it has more than 20 kilometers (12 miles) of shoreline.

Mountains Surrounding Yanqi Lake

Embraced by rolling mountains from three sides - Jundu Mountain in the north, Hongluo Mountain in the west, and Jindeng Mountain to the east, the Yanqi Lake is just like an emerald inlaid in the verdant valley. The Hefangkou Great Wall winds up and down on the northern ridges. Its advantageous location and the perennial vegetation coverage of up to 90% endow the whole scenic area with mild and moist climate, as well as pleasant scenery. The limpid and blue lake with lush aquatic plants creates a favorable eco-environment, attracting flocks of birds like wild geese, swans and cranes in spring and autumn; thus giving rise to its name Yanqi (literally meaning the wild geese’ habitat).

The waterfront scenic area is to the northwest of the entrance of Yanqi Lake. It leads to the water surface. Hundreds of willows and poplar trees decorate the lakeside, providing a good shade to stroll around it. There’s also the Lakeview Pavilion where visitors can appreciate the beauty of the lake and at the same time, enjoy the peace and quietness as the sun sets.

For visitors who prefer mountain climbing, there is a mountain sightseeing area to the southwest of the waterfront scenic spot. In spring and summer, dense vegetation turns this area into a paradise. In autumn, the color of vegetation turns into flaming red. Visitors can see that the Hefangkou Great Wall appears indistinctly in the surrounded mountains. Green ripples, abundant flowers and fertile grasslands provide a favorable place for sketching. Moreover, plants and insects create advantageous conditions for collecting specimens.

Amusements in Yanqi Lake

There are two main entertainment areas to keep visitors busy and enjoy themselves. One is located to the west of the entrance that provides water-theme activities, such as speedboats, dragon boats, etc. The other area is located to the northwest of the entrance that provides some kind of adventurous and exciting amusements, such as water skiing, flume ride, rock climbing and bungee jumping.

Other supporting facilities can be found at the west part of the lake. There is the international conference center on the western bank and it is the venue for the APEC 2014 meeting. The restaurants of Yanqi Lake provide various Chinese cuisines, hot pot and barbecue. 

 Opening Time: 08:00-17:30

 Admission Fee: CNY 45; free for children under 1.2m (3.9ft)   (The following entertainment activities are not included.)

Items Ticket Fare Items Ticket Fare
Swing CNY10 (3 minutes) Speed Boat CNY50
Merry Go Round CNY15 Flume Ride CNY80
Cartoon Train CNY20 Sightseeing boat CNY90
Automobile Race CNY15 Battery Boat for Four People CNY150/160
Excavator CNY15 Battery Boat for Five People CNY180
Laser Shooting CNY25 Battery Boat for Six People CNY200
Jungle Roller Coaster CNY30 Motorcycle CNY35
Surfing CNY30 Sky Adventures CNY40
Rainbow Slide CNY30 9D Cinema CNY40
Spining Chair CNY35 Corsair CNY35

How to get to Yanqi Lake

1. Take direct tourist bus from Liuliqiao and Sihui Coach Station to the lake at a cost of CNY60. 
2. From Wangjing West Station of Subway Line 13/ Line 15, take Bus 987 and transfer to Bus H58 at Miaocheng Dong. After that, get off at Yanqihu.
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 Recommended Nearby Attractions:
 Hongluo Temple
 Qinglong Gorge
 Yunmeng Mountain
 Black Dragon Pool
 Beijing Shimen Mountain
- Last updated on Jul. 19, 2023 by Gabby Li -
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