Code: BJ-BK04

Xizhimen to Summer Palace

Beijing Exhibition Hall - Beijing Zoo - Beijing Observatory - Purple Bamboo Park - Summer Palace
Street View of Xizhimen
This trip starts from Xizhimen. Ride northward to Xizhimen Wai Street and turn left. Head west for about five minutes, you will find Beijing Exhibition Hall on your right side. Built in 1954 in the Russian style, it is comprised of exhibition rooms, a theater, a Moscow Restaurant, hotels and travel agencies. It has successfully held all kinds of exhibitions and activities over the past 60 years. Moreover, the Moscow restaurant provides authentic Russian and western cuisine.

The Exhibition Hall meets Beijing Zoo in the west, and you can reach the zoo in 5 minutes. Once a royal garden in the Ming (1368 - 1644) and Qing (1644 - 1911) dynasties, Beijing Zoo is one of the largest zoos with various kinds of animals in China. We specially recommend that you pay a visit to the panda house to see the lovely panda bears eating bamboo and playing with each other. The admission fee is CNY20.
Panda in the Beijing zoo
Beijing Observatory is located at the south of Xizhimen Wai Street, just opposite Beijing Zoo. Constructed in 1957, Beijing observatory is the first observatory in China. There you can see many interesting exhibitions and also learn some astronomical knowledge. The exhibition halls with advanced multi-media facilities will also give you a deep impression. The admission fee is CNY15. 

Continue to ride the west along the street for about 1 km to Baishi Qiao (White Stone Bridge) at a big intersection. Cross the road and you will see Purple Bamboo Park on your right side. The park was built in 1953 and named after the Ming-dynasty Purple Bamboo Temple in it. The park takes up an area of 47.35 hectare, and one third of it is covered by water, including one river, one canal, and three lakes. As the name suggests, the park is also abundant with all kinds of bamboos. The park is free of charge and it will be very relaxed to have a rest while enjoy the beautiful scenery. The National library is next to the Purple Bamboo Park in the north. It is the one of the largest libraries in the world for its rich collection and number of librarians.
Summer Palace, Beijing
Ride all the way westward along Zizhuyuan Road (the road south of the Purple Bamboo Park), and turn right to Landianchang South Road when you reach a north-south river after about 2 km. Then head north along the river bank for about 4 km, you will reach the south gate of Summer Palace on the Kunming Road. As the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China, the Summer Palace boasts breathtaking scenery and grand imperial buildings. Lakes, hills, bridges, long corridor and the old buildings make a perfect combination in the park. The admission fee is CNY30.

Kindly Note: It is impossible to finish all the spots mentioned above in one day, so we suggest that you visit some in the morning, and leave the whole afternoon to Summer Palace, as it is really worth a half-day trip.
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Asked by Ron | Sep. 22, 2013 03:29Reply
Code: BJ-BK07 Xizhimen to Summer Palace
Is this an accompanied itinerary, or are you just provided bicycles and a route?
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Answered by Paul | Sep. 22, 2013 20:03

This is a route only for your reference. There is no guide or any bicycles provided.
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