This Beijing two days tour will take you to exploring the best of Western Hills, stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Duration: 2 Days, 1 Night
Western Hills, Dajue Buddihist Temple,Beijia Huayuan,Seventh Prince’s Grave,Miaofengshan Mountain
Beijing downtown hotel or Beijing train station
Beijing downtown hotel or Beijing train station
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Pick up service is arranged at your hotel lobby or Beijing train station. Our Beijing local guide will meet you with a welcome signage "Beijing Private Tour".
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It’s said that the Western Hills is where the Beijing’s soul lies: in its rolling mountains, the spiritual seek peace and reflection; in its sacred temples, nude parties get a little wild. Oh yes, the Western Hills’ cooler climate and lush scenery have also made it a pleasure ground of the rich past and present; today some of the city’s most expensive real-estate can be found here.
Firstly, you will pay your respect at a Buddhist Temple-Dajue Buddhist Temple. Start off your trip at the eastern foot of Yangtai Mountain (Yangtaishan, 阳台山), where Buddhist temple Dajuesi (大觉寺; 6245 6163) is hidden. It’s one of the oldest temples in the hills, dating back to the Liao Dynasty(1368-1644). It may not look much from the outside, but inside Dajuesi’s dusty and dim halls stand Buddhist sculptures from the Ming Dynasty, many seemingly in need of restoration.The highlight of the temple is the 12-metre high white Sarira Pagoda at the very top of the complex, which was built in 1747. It somewhat resembles a mini version of the one in Beihai Park, and is said to hold the remains of a former temple abbot.
And then the tour will led you to do a dream of large mansion-Beijia Huayuan. Foreign-language novels about the Western Hills often paint it as a licentious playground where diplomats lived out extravagant lifestyles, building villas and even renting temples for guilty pleasures, such as the nudist colonies in real-life murder mystery Midnight in Peking. While some tales are far-fetched, building lofty homes in the Hills was certainly the fashion for expats. One of the best preserved of these is the house of highly respected French doctor Jean Boussier, who treated top Chinese officials during the early years of the Republic, including its President, Yuan Shikai. His villa is known as Beijia Huayuan (贝家花园) and was built in the Hills to nurse his sick daughter, rather than for debauchery. Explore the three-story villa, which is open to tourists (free entrance) and find the entrance to an underground tunnel from one of the side entrances. It’s pitch black, but descend anyway and keep walking; you’ll come to rooms that served as cellars – including one for wine we’re sure, given the French connection
Enjoy a lunch with sample farmers' delicacies. For a spot of lunch before continuing onto Fenghuangling, stop by any of the farmers’ restaurants. Look for signs for nongjia le (农家乐) or nongjia fan
(农家饭) by the roadside or in villages – it’s hard to go wrong wherever
you pop into. Local farmers will cook up family-style meals for you,
often in their backyard, using homegrown, or at least locally sourced,
produce. Ask for dishes with self-grown vegetables (ziji jia zhongde cai, 自己家种的菜) if you want a taste of authenticity. Wild vegetables (yecai, 野菜) or Chinese toon (xiangchun, 香椿) stir-fried with eggs are a must-try; they’re much harder to come by in the city.
After lunch, continue your tour to the Tomb of Prince Chun. Trek the stairs to the front gate of the tomb that’s inscribed 醇亲王墓 (Chunqin Wangmu, ‘Tomb of Prince Chun’) and continue across a humpback bridge to the courtyard where Prince Chun (1840 -1891) lived, nursing his illness before passing away. This ‘seventh prince’ was also the grandfather of the last emperor of China, and his mansion can be found near Shichahai in downtown Beijing.The actual tomb is up some more steps, through a stone gate on a large, open platform. The central stone mound at the back belongs to the Prince, while those flanking it belong to his three wives.
The last part of the tour for today is enjoying the view of sunset. Today, you will overnight at local farmer's house. Many of the farmers’ restaurants also provide accommodation, although
the quality of rooms varies markedly. The Chenzhaosen Yangsheng Jidi not only has a gigantic yard with open views of
Fenghuangling Nature Park, it’s also a great choice for an overnight
stay. Rooms (160RMB for an en suite or 240RMB for a suite with a lounge)
are clean, spacious and kitted with modern facilities. Another good
choice is the lovely courtyard restaurant Beijing Shuanrou Fang, right by the Dajuesi temple, with it’s beautiful
little garden full of fruit trees.The hotel Sanhe Tang by the restaurant offers smart and modern en suites starting from
160RMB for a double. （Expense on you own）
After the tour, you will be taken back to your hotel.
Today, you will take a hike around 9am. After a simple breakfast, our guide will meet you at local farmer's house.
There are plenty of options for hikers on the far side of the Western Hills. Cobbled pilgrim trails (guxiangdao, 古香道) famously stitch through the mountains, ending up at the Daoist holy ground of Miaofeng Mountain (Miaofengshan,
妙峰山) at the northwestern tip. There are four main pilgrimage routes
that go to the mountain’s temples; we suggest taking the route from
Dajuesi Temple or Jiufeng National Forest Park. The routes are hard to
navigate, however, as much of the paths have worn away.
Along the way to Fenghuangling Nature Park (Fenghuangling Ziran Fengjing Gongyuan, 凤凰岭自然风景 公园; 6245 5933; open 6am-6pm; 25RMB) you’ve the option to check out the Jiufeng National Forest Park (Jiufeng Guojia Senlin Gongyuan , 鹫峰国家森林公园; 6245 5810; 15RMB) for a long hike through lush greenery. Swing south and then westwards starting from Baguabei (八卦碑), behind the park’s restaurant, and you’ll eventually pick up the mountain ridge trail that takes you to Miaofeng Mountain.
In the afternoon, you will on the pilgram trail. Seen as the sacred ground of Daoism and Buddhism in the capital, followers have traditionally made pilgrimages through the Western Hills, ending up at the Daoist Miaofeng Mountain during its temple fair in May. If you want a shortcut, head to Jiangou village ( 涧 沟村) from Fenguangling (an hour’s drive) where you can leave your car and hike up the last leg of the pilgrimage trail. Before you head off, grab lunch at one of the many superb orchard restaurants on the narrow stretch of Fenghuangling Nan Lu (凤凰岭南路).
The walk from Jiangou village to the ticket office for Miaofeng Mountain Scenic Area (Miaofengshan Fengjing Mingxingqu,
妙峰山风景名胜区; 40RMB) takes around half an hour. Once there, head to the
top of Goddess Temple (Niangniang miao, 娘娘庙), where you’ll find a white
pagoda giving way to breathtaking views. Each year during the temple
fair, a cacophony of folk performances erupts at the lower temple site,
with visitors treated to free snacks from as early as 6am.
After the tour, you will be taken back to your hotel in Beijing or drop off at Beijing train station.
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