Water lilies on the lake.
This was one place I really did want to re-visit, so after leaving the Forbidden City by the North Gate, we walked the few hundred yards to beautiful Beihai Park. We were looking forward to having our dinner, and a few drinks in the restaurant which overlooks the lake.
The first thing we saw as we entered the park was the lake filled with beautiful water lilies, and lots of people enjoying the sunshine on and off the water.
The Dagoba on the hill.
We then crossed the bridge to the island, and I looked to see if I could see the umbrellas of the restaurant – no umbrellas! It turned out that the restaurant was closed for refurbishment, which was such a shame. There was a lot of work going on, even blocking the path to the rest of the island, so we had to content ourselves with sitting by the lake, and just enjoying the peace and quiet.
Gazing across the lake, just enjoying the peace and quiet
Pebble decorations on one of the pathways.
Pathway through the gardens, I think eventually they would lead you up to the Dagoba.