Here at Bespoke we try to make things as straightforward as possible for you, so here are a few things to know before doing our Beihai Park Scavenger Hunt.
Here’s a quick summary so you don’t miss the most important takeaways:
- You must book your entrance tickets at least 24 hours in advance
- You must bring your passports on the day
- You must choose a morning (before 12pm) or afternoon session
- If you choose the morning session, don’t arrive later than 10.45am
Getting into the Park during Covid
Booking Your Tickets In Advance As A Foreign Passport Holder (Required)
Call the Beihai Park ticket office on 6403 7972 and give the FIRST NAME, PASSPORT NUMBER and NATIONALITY of each member of your party. On the day you may choose the type of ticket you need. We suggest purchasing a through ticket to gain access to all parts of the park, it will cost 20RMB per person.
If you don’t want to do this (or don’t speak Chinese), Bespoke’s office staff are happy to do this for you for a small additional fee (25RMB per 4 pax). Hit ‘Reply All’ on this email for help.
Getting the Timings Right – When Should You Go?
When booking, you must also select either ‘MORNING‘ or ‘AFTERNOON’ for entry into the park. If you tell the booking office you want to visit during the morning session, you must enter the main South Gate of the park before 12 noon. However – and this is crucial – the first round of the Scavenger Hunt takes place just outside of Beihai Park’s main South Gate in a separate attraction called the ‘Round City’ (a small walled citadel with a separate entrance – see attached photo). You will therefore need to factor in about 1 hour of scavenger hunting in the Round City before you get your tickets checked at the park’s South Gate. Therefore, if you have chosen the morning slot to enter the park, we suggest you arrive at Beihai Park to begin the hunt absolutely no later than 10.50am in order to do the first round and enter the park in plenty of time before the midday cut-off. The park is technically open from 6.30am-8.30pm, however many of the attractions included in the hunt (The Temple of Eternal Peace, the Round City) are only open from 9am to 4.30pm. We also suggest you avoid Mondays, when some of the temples are closed.
Where is the Start Point?
Here’s the address in Chinese: 北海公园南 – 门北京市西城区文津街1号 (Beihai Park – South Gate, No.1 Wenjin Jie, Xicheng district).
NB: The Scavenger Hunt’s end point is Beihai’s south-west exit gate, so you almost start and finish in the same spot. Good to know if you’re biking there!
How Does the Hunt Work and How Long Does It Take?
How Many People Can You Play With?
What Ages Are the Scavenger Hunt Suitable For?
All ages! Although we believe children younger than 6 may tire before the end, so you may want to do it in two parts, or simply use it as a tool to enjoy the park over separate visits. For everyone else, whether you’re 17 or 70, you should find lots to enjoy by exploring the park in more detail in this way. It’s all about appreciating the beauty and history of this incredible gem right on your doorstep.
How Do You Find Out Your Score Afterwards?
If you’re simply playing for fun, just get in touch and we’ll send you the answers in PDF format so that you can find out your score. However, if you want to be entered for the grand prize (a staycation at the Opposite House) or be in with a chance of getting added to the city-wide Leader Board, you will need to send your clue sheets to us for marking. There’s a 20RMB fee for each booklet marked unless you refer a friend who purchases a booklet, or you share your experience on your WeChat moments tagging 10 friends. No need to post your booklets back to us, this can be done over WeChat. Again, more details are listed in your booklet.
Please note that, despite our very best efforts to write this Scavenger Hunt in accordance with the current status of certain areas of Beihai Park, some sections may still be unexpectedly closed off during your visit. In order that you don’t lose out on precious points, we have put alternative questions online.