Top Nine Hiking Mountains around Beijing
In autumn, the best way to relax is often mountain-climbing. After a busy week, standing on the high mountaintops is a wonderful way to clear your mind. Here are 13 mountains around Beijing that we recommend you visit.
1.Huangcaoliang Mountain (黄草梁)
Location: 14 kilometers north of Zhaitang County in Mentougou district (门头沟区斋堂镇), Huangcaoliang Mountain is known as the pearl of the ancient road.
Elevation: The main peak is 1773 meters high and is one of the highest peaks in the southwest Beijing area.
Features: The slope is gentle and the top of the mountain is quite dry due to the high water permeability of the rocks. Areas above 900 meters are forested, with mostly shrubs below 900 meters. From the top of the mountain, the view is of magnificent mountains overlapping into the horizon. The sunrise on the mountaintop is also a moving experience. The enemy tower was meticulously constructed over 400 years ago, and now it is as majestic as ever before.(It was written in the Chinese version, I don’t understand it, either)
Car Route: Drive west along National Highway 109 to reach the mountain.
Bus Route: Take Bus No. 929 from Pingguoyuan (苹果园) to Zhaitang (斋堂镇) or Bus No. 326 to Wentan (问滩) and transfer to the long-distance bus to Zhaitang. After arriving in Zhaitang, take a minibus (about 15 yuan) to the mountain.
2. Baihua Mountain(百花山 )
Elevation: Baihua Mountain is 1991 meters above sea level.
Location: Qingshui Town, Tougou District, Beijing(北京门头沟区清水镇)
Features: The mountain is precipitous and beautiful. In the summer, green grass covers the gentle slope, which is over dozens of kilometers long and dotted with various colorful wild flowers. The climate on the mountain is rainy, and the air is fresh. There are over 700 kinds of plants around the mountain, so it is also known as the “natural botanical garden.”
Car Route: Drive west on National Highway 109. Follow the signs to Zhaitang Town, and then Qingshui Town (清水镇), and you will see signs for the mountain. Continue on to Tahe Village (塔河村), turn left up the mountain at the fork in the road, and then you will find the ticket office. Be careful on the mountain roads.
Bus Route: Take the subway to Pingguoyuan Station and transfer to Bus No. 326 to Hetan (河滩), where you will find many minibuses willing to take you to Baihua Mountain.
3. Miaofeng Mountain(妙峰山)
Location：This is one of the famous “Eight Peaks” in Beijing. At only 55 kilometers away from the city center, Miaofeng Mountain is the nearest kilometer-high mountain to Beijing.
Elevation: The main peak of Miaofeng Mountain is 1291 meters above sea level.
Features: Miaofeng Mountain is a tourist resort combining religious pilgrimages with mountain hiking. Jiangou Village (涧沟村), at the foot of the mountain, is called the “Land of Roses” in China, with thousands of (mu is a unit, equals 666.7 m2) hectares of Miaofeng Roses cultivated here.
Car Route: Drive west along Hushi Road (阜石路) to Shimen Road (石门路). Turn left at Sanjiadian (三家店) to Longquan Hotel (龙泉宾馆) and drive along National Highway 109 to Danli Village (担礼村). Turn right to reach Miaofeng Mountain.
4. Shangfang Mountain (上方山)
Location: Shangfang Mountain is near Yuege Village (岳各庄) in Fangshan district (房山区) (Yes, you’re right), 70 kilometers away from Beijing city, and has a total of 12 peaks.
Elevation: “Sky-Scraping Pillar” (中天之柱 in Chinese, Zhong Tian Zhi Zhu in pinyin) is the highest among the 12 peaks of Shangfang Mountain at 860 meters above sea level.
Features: “Sky-Scraping Pillar” is also called “the way to the stars” due to its height. The scenery over the whole mountain is often compared to that of Suzhou and Hangzhou. The most unique feature is the nine caves on the mountain, the most famous of which is the “Cave of Cloud and Water,” which has 108 natural landscapes inside.
Car Route: Take Jingshi Highway (京石高速) to Liulihe (琉璃河) and drive west for 20 kilometers to reach the mountain. Or Jingshi Highway to Fangshan, go through Fangshan, Zhoukoudian (周口店) and Hancunhe (韩村河) and then turn west to drive about 12 kilometers to the mountain.
Bus Route: Take Bus No. 917 from Tianqiao (天桥) to Liangxiang (良乡) or Fangshan and then take minibus No. 15 on the Changyang (长阳) to Shangfang Mountain route.
5. Qifengshan National Forest Park (崎峰山国家森林公园)
Location: Qifengshan National Forest Park is located in Liulimiao County (琉璃庙) in Beijing’s Huairou district (怀柔), with the Baihe River (白河) to the north and Yunmeng Mountain (云蒙山) to the south, 80 kilometers away from the city.
Features: The park is about 65 hectares (975 mus) in area, and there are more than 50,000 red-leaf trees (Cotinus coggygria). The park is just next to the Badaling Great Wall (八达岭长城).
Car Route: Drive along the Jingshun Highway (京顺路) from Sanyuanqiao Bridge (三元桥) to Huairou district, then drive along Huaifeng Road (怀丰路) to Bochazi Village (柏查子村), and then drive along the Boping Highway (柏平公路) for three kilometers to reach the park.
Bus Route: Take Bus No. 963 from Dongzhimen (东直门) to Bochazi, and then take a minibus to reach the park (about three kilometers). On weekends there is a special bus line from the Xuanwumen Cathedral (宣武门教堂) (there is a cathedral in Wuxuanmen called Wuxuanmen Cathedral) to the park.
6. Hongluo Temple( 红螺寺 )
Elevation: The main peak has an altitude of 812.9 meters above sea level.
Location: Xihu Town, Huairou District, Beijing(北京市怀柔区雁栖湖镇)
Features: The fore slope is gentle, while the back slope is quite steep. With 900,000 trees of a variety of kinds, the air is fresh and humid on the mountain and is very good for your health.
Car Route: Drive along Jingshun Highway from the Sanyuanqiao Bridge to Huairou County (怀柔县), and then turn north to drive along Huaifeng Highway (怀丰公路). Turn left when you see a railroad bridge.
Bus Route: Take Bus No. 916 from Dongzhimen to Huairou district or the special line for tourists, Bus No. 6 and 16 from Xuanwumen (宣武门), or take the “Huairou One-day Tour” bus from Qianmen (前门) to reach the mountain directly.
7. Mangshan Park (蟒山公园 )
Elevation: The mountain peak is 640 meters above sea level.
Location: Northeast of Changping County, Beijing (北京市昌平县东北部)
Features: Walking up the stone steps to the mountaintop, you will find a variety of landscapes at every pace. The stone steps on the mountain are paved of 3,666 bar stones and are the longest mountain-climbing steps in the Beijing area. The large stone Buddha on the mountainside is the largest in northern China, with a height of 9.99 meters and weighing 3,000 tons.
On the top of the mountain is the largest artificial pool in China, the Ming Tombs Hydropower Station, with a reservoir of four million cubic meters. You can travel around the pool or go boating. Near the pool stands a belvedere, a 7-story (37 meters) ancient tower built during the Ming Dynasty with a wooden frame faced with brick.
More than 86% of the park is covered by forest. With 130,000 mus (8666.7 hectares) of forest and 176 different kinds of trees and flowers, Mangshan National Forest Park is the largest national park in the Beijing area.
Car Route: Route 1 -- Drive along the Jingchang Highway (京昌高速) and exit at the West Changping Exit (13C) (昌平西关). Drive along the Changping Government Road (昌平政府街) toward the east to the Dongguan roundabout, and then turn north to Shuiku Road (水库路). Follow the signs in Mangshan Vocational Village to reach the park.
Route 2 -- Drive along the Jingchang Highway and exit at the West Changping Exit (13C). Drive toward the Ming Tombs, go over the Seven-Arch Bridge (七孔桥) and then turn right to drive along the North Ring Road of the Ming Tombs Reservoir (十三陵水库) to reach the park.
Bus Route: Route 1 -- Take Bus No. 643 from Andingmen (安定门), Bus No. 845 from Beijing West Railway Station or Bus No. 919 from Deshengmen (德胜门) to the end, and then walk through the dam to reach the park. Route 2 -- Take Bus No. 345 from Deshengmen to the end, and then transfer to Bus No. 643, 845, 919 or 6, which all go between urban and rural areas, and get off at the terminus. Walk through the dam to reach the park.
8. The Fragrant Hills (香山)
Location: The Fragrant Hills are in Haidian district (海淀区), about 20 kilometers away from the city center.
Elevation: The highest peak of the mountain, Censer Peak, is 557 meters above sea level.
Features: Censer Peak is also known as "devilishly hard to achieve,” as its steep hills are famously hard to climb. Large numbers of Beijing citizens come here to hike the hills almost every weekend. It has range upon range of mountains and murmuring streams, including 28 famous attractions. The snow covering the Western Hills is one of the eight greatest sights in Beijing.
BusRoute: Take Bus No. 331 from Jishuitan Railway Station (积水潭) (yes, it is) to the terminus, or take Bus No. 904 from Xizhimen (西直门) directly.
9. Baiwang Mountain (百望山)
Elevation: At a height of only a little more than 200 meters above sea level, Baiwang Mountain is the last area of the Taihang Mountains (太行山) in the Beijing area.
Location: North to the Summer Palace, Beijing(北京市颐和园北部)
Features: There are several paths to the top of Baiwang Mountain. Some are rough, others are flat. On the way you will see pheasants, squirrels and sakers, a type of falcon, here and there. This mountain is appropriate for people of all age groups and physical conditions to come and exercise, especially those who prefer aerobic exercise and have physical stamina.
Bus Route: Take Bus No. 330 from the Summer Palace, Bus No. 933 from Xizhimen or Bus No. 716 from Caihuying (菜户营) to the North Heishanhu stop (黑山扈北口). Or take Bus No. 722 from Xizhimen, Special Bus No. 6 from Beijing West Railway Station, Special Bus No. 5 from Beijing South Railway Station or Special Bus No. 4 from Qianmen to the Baiwang Mountain station.
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I updated this article on February 28, 2014
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