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Recently, the Tongzhou Grand Canal cruises have officially set sail on multiple routes.

Beijing Grand Canal Sightseeing Cruise (CNY 75/person)

Departures: 4 times daily (09:30, 10:30, 14:00, 15:30)

Long Route of Grand Canal Sightseeing Cruise (CNY 180/person)

Departures: Once daily (09:40)

South-Line Painted Boat (CNY 50/person)

Departures: Schedule varies every day

Daguanglou Wharf - Caoyun Wharf (Open on weekends, CNY 70/person)

(Two cruises depart from one stop for another.)

Departures:

Daguanglou Wharf (9:20, 14:00)

Caoyun Wharf (10:30, 15:30)

Lock Experience Line (CNY 120/person)

Departures: 3 times daily (10:30, 13:30, 15:30)

(Operated only on weekends and during statutory holidays)

Short-distance Night Cityscape Cruise (CNY 75/person)

Departures: 3 times daily (18:50, 19:30, 20:10)

The cruise tickets are sold online. Tourists can check the schedule and buy tickets through the official WeChat mini program "Beijing’s Tongzhou Grand Canal Scenic Area" (北京通州大运河文化旅游景区) or its official accounts on Douyin, Meituan, Ctrip and other platforms. Starting this year's Labor Day holiday, the night cruises on the canal will be operated regularly.

In addition, the Imperial River Cruise has officially set sail. Its route covers three docks: Beijing Zoo Wharf (departure station), Ziyu Bay Wharf, and Nan Ruyi Wharf (terminal station) of the Summer Palace, passing through scenic spots such as Zizhuyuan Park and Wanshou Temple.


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[Photos via the Haidian District Water Authority (all taken in previous years)]

Schedule:

1. Period: March 23 to October 31

2. Ticket Prices for Beijing Zoo Wharf:

Full Fare (for passengers above 1.4 meters): CNY 120/person

Child Fare (for passengers between 1.2 and 1.4 meters): CNY 60/person

Operating Hours: 10:30-15:30 (one boat per hour)

3. Ticket Prices for Ziyu Bay Wharf:

Full Fare (for passengers above 1.4 meters): CNY 100/person

Child Fare (for passengers between 1.2 and 1.4 meters): CNY 50/person

Operating Hours: 10:00-16:00 (one boat per hour)

Hotline: +86-10-88511997

In addition to enjoying spring scenery by boat, strolling on a boardwalk to appreciate a sea of flowers is also a great choice. In this season, various mountain flowers bloom one after another at the foot of the Juyong Pass Great Wall. The Juyong Pass Flower Sea Boardwalk is open to the public from 8:00 to 17:00 daily from March 23 to April 21.

You can also take Beijing's suburban railway line S2 to travel through the sea of flowers on a romantic spring journey.

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A train runs through a sea of flowers. [Photo by Dupiao]

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Two trains meet amidst mountain flowers. [Photo by Wen Hongzheng]

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The most beautiful spring scenery [Photo by Liu Jingsheng]

(Source: Beijing Release)