You could be forgiven for thinking that due to Beijing’s lack of rivers, boating options would be few and far between. However Beijing does in fact surprisingly come up trumps with its various ancient parks and intricate canals. Whether you fancy a trip down one of Beijing’s weaving canals that takes you on a tour of the city’s various historic spots, or are just in need of a relaxing drift away from it all out in a lake, there are ample opportunities to enjoy boating in Beijing.
Changhe（长河）is a canal that was used by China’s emperors, and dates back over 700 years. Empress Dowager Cixi used to ride this river from the Forbidden City to the Summer Palace to relax during the summer. Changhe Hangdao runs from the Zoo to the Summer Palace, stretching 9 miles in length, and passes by Baishiqiao, the National Library, the Purple Bamboo Forest, Wanshou Temple and Changhewan before arriving at the resort. Also, the Changhe Hangdao ride is a great deal – the ticket includes the price of the zoo’s entrance fee!
Add: Beijing Zoo, 137 Xizhimen Waidajie, Xicheng District, Beijing
Boat opening hours: the first boat departs at 9:00 with boats leaving every 30 mins thereafter. If you want to see the performances at Haiyangguan, you can leave at one or two in the afternoon before their 15:00 performance begins. It takes 50 mins to get to the Summer Palace
Price: 40RMB (one-way), 70 RMB (round-trip) (including the price of the Summer Palace and the Zoo). If you don’t want to go to the Summer Palace you can be dropped off right outside.
Tel: 010 6836 1713