Boating in Beijing

Enjoy the multitude of water activities in Beijing without being stuck on the shore. You can float atop the water and enjoy the view of the shore rather than being outside looking in. From beautiful scenic lakes, rivers and canals you can enjoy a great deal of Beijing floating atop H20.

Take an 'Around Beijing by Boat' tour of Beijing the easy way, you can get a view of the city from multiple waterways. Operating between March and October you can explore the water, explore the city and enjoy a whole new perspective of the city.

Hou Hai Lake is a beautiful scenic spot, a like surrounded in shops, bars, cafes and much more. But, more importantly the boat rides around the lake are magical, especially in the evening or early morning. Paddle boats are on offer on Hou Hai and you can jump aboard a wooden traditional boat and be whisked around the lake by a singing and swearing local boat captain.

The Summer Palace has paddle boats on offer that are fun, and, more importantly you can get across the massive lake without walking the entire way around the beast! Even get a quick lift to the temple without having to walk around the fringe.

There are several parks around the city that have boating, the foremost of which is Chao Yang Park. Paddle boats seem to be the favorite in Beijing and you'll find them in plenty in Chao Yang Park. Additionally, you'll find other modes of water transport, including fun water games for kids.

Around Beijing on boats

A3 Cui Wei Road
Hai Dian District

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Rear Lakes (Houhai)

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Di'anmenwai Dajie

Three Lakes... read more

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Hou Hai Lake

Yan Dai Xie Jie

A beautiful and romantic lake circled in classy bars and restaurants... read more

Summer Palace (The)

Beiqing Road

Historic Imperial Residence in Park Setting...
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Chao Yang Park

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1 Nong Zhan South Road
Chao Yang District

Fun park with lakes and swimming pool... read more

Marble Boat (Shi Fang)

19号 Xin jian gong men Road
Summer Palace

Inside the Summer Palace, a massive 'floating' piece of history... read more

Gui River Rafting

Gui River, Yan Qing County
Yanqing County

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Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park

Mapo Village
Shunyi District

Water Wonder designed for the 2008 Olympics...
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Hutong and Lakeside Walking Tour

152号 Drum Tower E St

Scenic walking tour of Hutongs and Hou Hai-- hidden alleys and views emerge!... read more

Bei Hai Gongyuan (Beihai Park)

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Wenjin Jie 1
Xi Cheng Qu (south entrance is just west of the north gate of the Forbidden City; east entrance is opposite the west entrance of Jing Shan Park)

Beautiful Park with Historic Buildings... read more
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