When to go The peak season (April 1-October 31) sees a fairly consistent stream of visitors, so weekdays are your best bet for a pleasant trip. Public holidays? Forget it.
Pack a picnic You’re likely to be here for a few hours, and all that walking is hungry work. Come prepared, otherwise you’ll find yourself paying premium for some strictly average sustenance.
Price Be sure to buy the 60RMB access-all-areas ticket, which includes entrance to four paid attractions, including the Wenchang Gallery and Tower of Buddhist Incense; all are 10RMB each otherwise, with park entry 30RMB. Off-peak: Entrance 20RMB, 5RMB for paid attractions; through ticket 50RMB.
Opening times Apr 1-Oct 31, 6.30am-8pm (last entry 6pm); Nov 1-Mar 31, 7am-7pm (last entry 5pm). Paid attractions in the park, such as the Tower of Buddhist Incense and Wenchang Gallery, shut early than the rest of the park; peak season, 5pm; off-peak, 4pm.
Getting there Take subway Line 4 to Xiyuan station (Exit C2) to reach the East Gate of the park.