Beihai and Jingshan Park are two of the most famous and beautiful parks of Beijing. For centuries these former imperial gardens were off limits to commoners. Today, they are important historic landmarks as well as a gathering place for Beijingers. This walk blends imperial architecture, history, and local life in one two-hour experience. We’ll explore these parks and talk about how the emperors and their families enjoyed these spaces. We’ll also encounter local folks engaging in all kinds of activities from dancing to singing to martial arts. We’ll climb up Jingshan (about a 5- to 10-minute walk) and get a 360-degree view of the old city and we will also visit Hortensia Island in Beihai Park to see some of the oldest existing artifacts in Beijing.

Upcoming Imperial Parks and Gardens Walking Tours

300 RMB per person (260 RMB for members of The Hutong)

Price includes all guide fees and tickets


Consider a Private Tour!

Looking for a walk that fits your schedule? Interested in a personal experience for you or your group?

Private historical walks of Beijing’s Imperial Parks and Gardens are available for individuals, families, school and company groups.

Private walks are 1800 RMB for up to five people and 180 RMB for each additional person. Price includes all guide fees and admission tickets.

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Fabulous, informative...Excellent guide, enriching experience!

Your Walk Leader

Jeremiah Jenne

Jeremiah Jenne is a writer and history teacher based in Beijing since 2002. He has taught Late Imperial and Modern Chinese History for over 11 years and has written extensively on China for a number of publications including The Economist, The Atlantic Monthly, Journal of Asian Studies, Asia Society/China File, Los Angeles Review of BooksRadii China, The Beijinger, and the World of Chinese. His work can be found in the anthologies China in 2008: A Year of Great Significance, The Insider’s Guide to Beijing, and the 2015 collection While We’re Here: China Stories from a Writer’s Colony. He is frequently asked to speak or lead workshops on Chinese history, culture, and cultural adaptation to schools, organizations, and company groups from around the world and is the proprietor of Beijing by Foot, which organizes educational programs and historic walking tours of Beijing’s most famous sites and hidden by-ways. You can follow him on Twitter @jeremiahjenne or online at