The Summer Palace

Haidian (海淀 Hǎidiàn) is a large district in the north-west of Beijing.

Get in

Haidian has been a major beneficiary of the recent subway expansions: lines 4, 10, and 13 make it easier to reach Haidian's busier areas by public transport. Taxis from the central Beijing districts may take 30–45 minutes; buses even longer.


Beijing Botanical Gardens
Exercising in Purple Bamboo Park





  • Hailong (海龙大厦 Hǎilóng Dàshà), 1 Zhongguancun Dajie, 中关村大街1号. 9AM-6PM.
  • Dinghao (鼎好大厦 Dìnghǎo Dàshà), 3 Haidian dajie, 海淀大街3号. 9AM-9PM.


Haidian District is home to some of Beijing's largest bookstores that offer a wide selection of Chinese and foreign language books:

Everyday needs


  • Haidian branch, 25 Yiheyuan Lu, 颐和园路25号, Haidian.
Non-Chinese food and nightlife in Wudaokou

Wudaokou (五道口 Wǔdàokǒu), where most of the foreign and local university students hang out. There are a number of bars and restaurants which serve a great variety of wine, beer and liquor for cheap. This area is also well known for its huge Korean population and a good place to find Korean food.

Eat in the dining halls of Tsinghua University. Tsinghua is said to have the best dining halls among Chinese universities and there are nearly 20 dining halls in the campus, cost usually less than ¥10. On the lower levels, a prepaid card is needed to purchase anything but you can easily ask a student to swipe the card for you and you pay him cash. The stalls on the top floor accept cash outright. The dining halls could be very very crowded.


  • Wudaokou Branch, Fl. 2, Building 12, Huaqing Jiayuan 成府路华清嘉园12 号楼2 号3-4F,  +86 10 82863094. South-west of the Wudaokou subway station.
  • Fragrant Hills Branch, 50 Maimai Rd, Fragrant Hills 香山买卖街50号,  +86 10 82590040. Just a little east from the main gate of the Fragrant Hills.






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