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Beihai / Forbidden City (Gugong)

Beihai Park is a garden from Imperial China located northwest of the Forbidden City. Though Beihai Park was built in the 10th century, it wasn’t until 1925 was the garden open to the public.
Living close to Beihai Park and the Forbidden City is attractive for many local and foreign residents. The area is calm, is home to many hutongs, and offers great views of the Forbidden City. However, there are few nearby conveniences and activities.


Aside from the Forbidden City and Beihai Park, this area is made up of a tremendous number of courtyards and hutongs. Many government leaders living in Beijing live here. The price for renovating a hutong increases the closer you get to the Forbidden City. For example, a 60 sqm un-renovated hutong can be rented for around RMB 6,000/month while a newly renovated 400 sqm hutong (including jacuzzi, sauna, two-floors, great city access, etc) can be rented for around RMB 80,000/month.

Shopping & Amenities

Xidan is the nearest shopping area you will find. This area is Beijing’s favorite area to shop. There are a few foreign restaurants available in this area (Grandma’s Kitchen, Manifesto, etc.).

Entertainment & Leisure

There are only a few foreign restaurants and bars available in this area. Places like Grandma’s Kitchen and Manifesto are rare. There is no nightlife. However, many affordable and luxury local restaurants are available. Obviously, the Forbidden City and its surroundings parks and museums remain this area’s main attractions.


There are no foreign universities or middle schools in this area. Only local universities, elementary and middle schools can be found here.


This area is accessible by subway lines 1 and 4. Taxis and buses are widely available. Traffic can get congested on the main roads, but smaller streets tend to remain calm.

Health Care

Peking University First Hospital and Beijing Obstetrics Gynecology Hospital are the few available first-aid hospitals. For foreign hospitals or clinics, you should head to SOS Clinic in Dongzhimen or Beijing United Family Hospital in Lido.

  Spacious Green Parks
  Few Access To Ring Roads And Subway Station
   Not As Much Traffic Compare With Other Areas In The 2nd Ring Road
   Far From The CBD And Sanltiun
   Right In The Center Of Old Beijing's Authentic Houses
   Not Much Attraction (Bars; Restaurants; Clubs)
   Few Amenities (Supermarket; Etc...)
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