The Summer Palace
has a lot of different boats, and the scenery is second to none. Go for the small pedal boats or, for an easier time of it, try the motorboats for a glide across the emperors’ old stomping grounds.Boats available
Large boats with guides, pedal boats, motorboats.Prices per hour
From 60RMB (four-person pedal boat) to 120RMB (six-person motorboat).Hours
7.30am-5pm daily. Open April to end of October.
Boats abound on the lake in Beihai Park
. You’ll find small pedal boats, mid-sized boats in the style of a lily pad, large and Imperial dragon boats for big groups, and duck boats as far as the eye can see. Visit during off peak hours to avoid the crowds.Boats available
Motorboat, lotus motorboat, pedal boat, duck boat, dragon boat.Prices
From 80RMB (four-person motorboat) to 140RMB (six-person motorboat). Prices not per hour.Hours
8.30am-6.30pm daily. Open mid-March to October (depending on the weather).
Head left from the south entrance of Chaoyang Park
and you’ll find rows of boats on Shuizhui Lake. With the help of a skipper, drift by sculpted greenery and lily pads for a change of pace from the amusement park.Boats available
Pedal-powered, motor-powered and oldschool rowboats.Prices per hour
From 30RMB (two-person pedal boat) to 260RMB (ten-person row boat).Hours
9am-5pm daily. Open March 15 to early November (depending on the weather).