BeiHai Park

Beijing, China

The Nine Dragon Screen

The dragon screen in Beihai Park is one of the three famous screens in China. It was constructed in 1756 during the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911).


Uniquely, there are two sides to this glazed-tile screen, which is 5 meters high, 27 meters wide and 1.2 meters thick. The two sides are identical; each has nine dragons sculpted in relief in five colors. It's said that there are 633 dragons in total.


The dragons are depicted frolicking in clouds above the sea. Two centuries of exposure to the elements have failed to alter the colors or lustre of this magnificent work of art.


The digit 9 is the highest value digit and associated with heaven and the emperor. The power of the dragon also symbolises the emperor.


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Beihai Park Introduction

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Beihai Park Introduction
Layout and Map

South Scenic Area

The Circular City

On the Island

Jade Island
YongAn Temple
Pavilion of Benevolent Voice
The White Dagoba
The Long Corridor
FangShan Restaurant
Chamber for Reading the Classics
ZhiZhu Hall

East Scenic Area


North West Scenic Area

Peaceful Heart Garden
Heavenly King Hall
DaCi ZhenRu Hall
The 9 Dragon Screen
The 5 Dragon Pavilions
The 5 Dragon Pavilions (2)
ChanFu Temple and Garden
The Pavilion of Complete Happiness
Boating at BeiHai Park

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