BJ-WK05: Peking University Walking Tour

★ Peking University is currently not open for outsiders. Once it is opened, we will update the page as soon as possible. 
  Things to Know Before the Peking University Walking Tour
Boya Tower & Weiminghu Lake
1. Usually, Peking University is only open to the public in summer and winter vacations in July, August, January and February; on public holidays and at weekends. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it has been closed temporarily to the outsiders and the resuming time is unknown yet. 

2. It is free to visit Peking University but all visitors need to make a reservation at most 7 days in advance on its WeChat account or official website. 

3. Visitors can only enter the campus from its east gate, showing passport or other ID certificate used for reservation.

4. The allowed visit time is 8:30 - 11:00 and 14:00 - 16:30. 

5. It is not allowed to enter the school buildings. 
  Recommended Routes for Peking University Walking Tour

 1-Hour Sightseeing Route

East Gate – Library – Boya Tower – Southern Bank of Weiminghu Lake – Statue of Cai Yuanpei Administration Building – Huabiao (ornamental columns) – Alumni Bridge – West Gate

This is generally an east to west walking tour, covering most landmarks of the Peking University. The library has a collection of 6,000,000 books, ranking second largest library collection in the country. Boya Tower is actually a water tower, modelled on a traditional Chinese Buddhism pagoda. It is the highest architecture in the campus. Together with the Weiminghu Lake, it forms the most beautiful scenery of the campus. Cai Yuanpei is one of the most influential president of Peking University. The Administration Building is in red-painted traditional Chinese style, and it houses the president's office. The Huabiao and three-arch Alumni Bridge are right in front of the Administration Building. West Gate is the main gate of the university. Built in 1926 and funded by alumni, it is a red traditional Chinese style palace gate. The stone lions flanking it are awe striking.

 2-Hour Classic Route

East Gate - Boya Tower - Northern Bank of Weiminghu Lake - Stone Carved Screen - Western Style Flat Bridge - Weiminghu Mid-Lake Island - Administration Building - Huabiao (ornamental columns) - Alumni Bridge - West Gate 

Different from the above route, this one covers the northern bank of the Weiminghu Lake instead of the southern bank. From the northern bank, there is a western style flat bridge leading to the mid-lake island, where you can appreciate the campus from a different angle and visit a traditional Chinese style pavilion. Along the northern bank, there are also many historical relics and the most famous is a stone carved screen. 

 3-Hour Discovery Tour

East Gate - Library - Hang’ai Monument - Statue of Li Dazhao - Statue of Cai Yuanpei - Southern Bank of Weiminghu Lake - Boya Tower - Eastern Bank of Weiminghu Lake - Nothern Bank of Weiminghu Lake  -  Administration Building - Huabiao (ornamental columns) - Alumni Bridge - West Gate 

This itinerary leads you to tour all the banks of the Weiminghu Lake. Hang’ai is a famous official in Kangxi Period of the Qing Dynasty. Its monument was built in 1685, measuring over 2 meters and the base is said to be the statue of dragon’s son. Li Dazhao is the former director of the Peking University Library.  
Administration Building
West Gate
  How to Get to the East Gate of Peking University
Take subway line 4 to Peking University East Gate, get out from Exit A and the East Gate is right in your northwest. 
  How to Leave from the West Gate of Peking University
The city buses available outside the West Gate include 332, 424, 584, 644, 686, and 688. 

Or you may walk northward from the West Gate to a river, cross the river and turn right to find the subway station Yuanmingyuan on line 4 and then take the subway to leave. The total walking distance is about 900 meters (990 yards). 
This trip can be customized to meet your individual needs!
Why Travel With Us
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Walking from Wangfujing to CBD: Discover the city's metropolitan and historical charm.

Hiking from Xiangshan Post Office to Badachu Park: One of the most classic hiking routes in Beijing locally known as "Xiang Ba La".

Hiking on the Jingxi Ancient Road: Walk on the ancient roads in the west suburb of Beijing.