Yuyuantan Park (Jade Lake Park)

Located in Haidian District, Yuyuantan Park, also named Jade Lake Park, is easily accessible, with the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse to its eastern gate, China Central Radio and Television Tower to its west, Navy General Hospital to its north and China Millennium Monument to its south. With 1,820 meters (1.13 miles) wide from west to east and 1,106 meters (0.69 miles) long from north to south, it covers an area of 136.69 hectares and the water surface spans an area of 61 hectares.

Back in Jin Dynasty (1115-1234), Yuyuantan Park was already a famous scenic spot. Today, celebrated for its "Cherry Blossoms Festival" every spring, the park attracts tourists from all over the world.

 

Cherry Garden

Located to the northwest of Yuyuantan Park, Cherry Garden is famous for its cherry blossoms. In the spring of 1973, 180 cherry trees were sent as gifts from Japan and were planted in the garden. Later on, more and more cherry trees were cultivated here. Today the garden has been the home for over 3,000 cherry trees. When cherry trees blossom in early spring (from late March to early April), tourists pour into the garden to join the Cherry Blossom Festival in Yuyuantan Park. Metasequoias and bamboos flourish in the garden making Cherry Garden a wonderful place even when cherry blossoms are not in bloom.

Liuchun Garden

Built in 1983, Liuchun Garden ("Liuchun" means to let the spring stay) sits to the east of it. Every spring, forsythias, magnolias, roses, crab-apple trees and other plants blossom one after another like a perpetual spring in the garden.

Inside the south entrance of Liuchun Garden, you will see a screen wall. Paintings on it are depicted by porcelain pieces. The three front pictures respectively portray a new-born baby in his mother’s embrace, a girl dancing with a swan, and a youngster pursuing knowledge, whilst three pictures designed for children are painted on the back of the wall. From a pavilion in the southwest corner of Liuchun Garden, you can enjoy a distant view of the whole garden.

Zhongshan Island

Zhongshan Island is located to the southwest of Yuyuantan Park. Spanning 800 meters (875 yards) long and 30 meters (33 yards) wide, Zhongshan Island is actually a small hill lying between Bayi Lake and West Lake. A pavilion with a double-tiered roof is built on the hill, from which the full view of Zhongshan Island and the lakes can be seen.

Yinshui Lake Scenic Area is situated to the northeast. Pine trees, gingko trees, poplar trees, crab-apples and other plants are scattered in the area. You can also go fishing in this area.

Ancient Pine Forest

Near the south gate, there is an ancient pine forest. The trees were planted in Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and are over 100 years old.
 

Water Tour Routes

Kunyu (Kunming Lake-Yuyuantan Park) Line: Measuring 10km (6.2 miles), this water tour line mainly passes China Central Radio and Television Tower, Water Park and China Century Monument. Pleasure boats and gaily-painted European style cruise ships are available. Visitors can start from Kunyu Dock located at the northern bank of Bayi Lake in Jade Lake Park to the Summer Palace.

Dock: Yuyuantan Park (shipping season: April-October), Binjiao Park, Summer Palace

How to get to Yuyuantan Park

1. To the east gate: take bus 114 or 320, and get off at Yuyuantan East Gate; or take bus 13, 21, 32, 65 or 68, and get off at Xicheng Sanlihe Station;
2. To the west gate: take bus 323, 374, Te 8, Yuntong 102, or Yuntong 103, and get off at Yuyuantan West Gate.
3. To the south gate: take Subway Line 1 and get off at Military Museum Station and enter from the northern side of China Millennium Monument. Or take bus  32, 65, 78, 85 or 414 to Yuyuantan South Gate.
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Admission Fee: CNY 2
CNY 10 (during Cherry Blossom Culture Exhibtions from late Mar. to the end of Apr.)
Opening Hours: Nov. - Mar.: 6:30 - 19:00
Apr., May, Sep., Oct.: 6:00 - 20:30
Jun. - Aug.: 6:00 - 21:30

Neighboring attractions:
 CCTV Tower
 China Century Monument
 Military Museum
 Lianhuachi Park
 Pacific Underwater World

 Suggested Itinerary:
Biking from Fuxing Gate to Fragrant Hills: starting from Military Museum to Yuyuantan Park, Fragrant Hills Park and more
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- Last modified on Mar. 20, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Yuyuantan Park
Asked by Wana from MALAYSIA | Mar. 15, 2019 18:27Reply
Beijing Summer Palace to Yuyuantan Park via boat
Hi I found in Q&A that you can take boat ride from Yuyuantan Park to Summer Palace. If I am going to take the boat from Summer Palace to Yuyuantan Park, where should I go to take it and where can I buy the ticket?

Thank you.
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Answered by Daniel from FINLAND | Mar. 19, 2019 23:37
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Yes, you can still take the boat now. From Summer Palace, you can find the boarding site at the dock outside Ruyimen Gate.
Answered by Wana from MALAYSIA | Mar. 20, 2019 01:17
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Thank you for your answer 😊
Asked by Ms Ten from MALAYSIA | Mar. 14, 2018 03:59Reply
How to go Yuyuantan Park from Dongsi subway station? which gate I need to search from Google Maps?
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Answered by Eglise from FRANCE | Mar. 14, 2018 20:44
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You can take subway line 6 to Baishiqiaonan and transfer to line 9 to Military Museum. Then, leave from E2 and walk north for 10mins to the South Gate of the park.
Asked by Ryan Lee from MALAYSIA | Jul. 11, 2017 03:05Reply
Can I take the boat from Yuyuantan to the Summer Palace? How much? How long?
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Answered by Alex from SINGAPORE | Jul. 11, 2017 03:34
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Yes, you can take a boat there. It takes you CNY40-50 and 50 minutes in a single trip, CNY70-80 and 2 hours in a round trip. Notice the admission fee of the Summer Palace is not included.
Answered by Ryan Lee from MALAYSIA | Jul. 11, 2017 04:01
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Thanks. Is the boat ride really worth it?
Answered by Alex from SINGAPORE | Jul. 11, 2017 20:06
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Well, it’s a good chance for you to enjoy the boat fun. If you are not interested in it, then it’s a little expensive, so you can also choose to go there by bus 437, get off at New Gate of Summer Palace.
Asked by BhAgie Perera from SRI LANKA | Apr. 24, 2017 01:13Reply
I'm planning to visit Beijing Yuyuantan Park this 27th April? Will I be able to?
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Answered by Ethan from SINGAPORE | Apr. 26, 2017 04:09
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Yes, this park still opens on that day. The opening hours are from 06:00 to 20:30.
Asked by Suriah from SINGAPORE | Apr. 02, 2017 21:20Reply
What is the best wat to go to Beijing Yuyuantan Park from Wanda Sofitel BJ Hotel?
I arrive 18April around 5pm and would like to visit the place. I saw that it closes at 8:30pm ?

Kindly advise. Should I go direct to the Park Ticket Office at Fucheng Rd, South 2nd St, Haidian Qu? Do the park have transport arrangement ? Or I can just take the taxi ?

I really want to see the Cherry Blossoms :)
Thanking you in advance.
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Answered by Jessica from NEPAL | Apr. 07, 2017 01:37
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Hi, Suriah. The park closes at 20:30 every day. Therefore, you are advised to visit the park next day.
From you hotel to the park: You need to walk eastwards along the Jianguo Side Road to Dawang Road Metro Station first. Then take metro line 1 to Muxidi Metro Station, Exit A1. Afterwards, you may walk westwards for about 90 yards (80 meters) and turn right to the Sanlihe Road. Continue to walk along Sanlihe Road for about 765 yards (700 meters) to find the park.
If you feel it’s a little trouble to take the public transportation. Then you may take the taxi into consideration. The taxi fare is around CNY45.
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