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Fragrant Hill​,Beijing Botanical Garden and Badachu Park One Day Tour

Fragrant Hill​,Beijing Botanical Garden and Badachu Park One Day Tour Item NO: 118963

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  • See all three representative sites in Huairou District of Beijing.The Fragrant Hill​ ,the Beijing Botanical Garden and Badachu Park in one day trip,to see the hill,the garden and the temple on a one day tour.
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Product Name Fragrant Hill​,Beijing Botanical Garden and Badachu Park One Day Tour
Item NO 118963
Weight 0.0000 Kg
Category Private Tours > Small Group Tours
Tag Fragrant Hill​ , Beijing Botanical Garden , Badachu Park
Creation time 2018-02-05

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1. Fragrant Hill





Fragrant Hill is especially famous for the maple leaves. When autumn comes, the maple leaves blossom so that the mountain is on fire. The best time to enjoy the autumn colors is about the middle of October. Fragrant Hill Red Leaves Festival takes place in the middle of October each year.  The maple leaves usually keep blossoming for about one month. The area is a popular park all the year through for its imperial architecture, temples and memorials.

Also read best places to see fall foliage in China.
Features
Fragrant Hill is a famous forest park and an imperial garden with a long history.

Overview
Xaingshan ParkThe maple leaves in the Fragrant Hill
Fragrant Hill is in the suburb of northeastern Beijing. It is about 20 kilometers from the central city. It was used during the the Jin Dynasty era, and it has more 800 years of history. Today, Fragrant Hill is described as a famous scenic spot that has a long history and a beautiful landscape. It occupies an area of more than 16,000 square meters. The highest mountain is called Censer Peak. It has an altitude of 557 meters. There are various hills, gullies and clean springs with good-tasting water. The special natural environment makes Fragrant Hill heavy with vegetation. There are thought to be more than 5,000 ancient trees. Highlights of the mountain include Censer Peak, the Hall of Diligent Government, the Temple of the Azure Clouds, the Memorial Hall of Sun Zhongshan, the Lake of Glasses, Fragrant Hill Temple, the Double Clean Villa, Yu Hua Villa, Zhao Temple, and the Fragrant Hill Cableway that gives you a wide birds-eye view of the park area. See China Highlights' tours to visit this park

Censer Peak

It is situated at the highest place of Fragrance Hill. It is so full of cliffs that people call it “the ghost scares.” On the top of the peak are three pavilions with distinctive features.

Hall of Diligent Government

Located at the eastern gate, the Hall of Diligent Government is considered to be about the best of the highlights of the area. It was once used as a hall for an emperor of the Qing Dynasty named Qian Long. He used it to deal with his government affairs and to receive officials. The name of the hall means being diligent in governmental affairs.

Temple of the Azure Clouds azure clouds temple Temple of the Azure Clouds
It is a delicate ancient temple in the area. The site has more 600 years of history.

The Memorial Hall of Sun Zhongshan

On March 12th, 1925, Sun Yat-Sen who is called the “Father of Modern China” died in Beijing. In Mandarin, he is called Sun Zhongshan. He was the leader of the revolution. His coffin was set here before it was delivered to Nanjing. A grand public memorial ceremony was held. There was great mourning. Later, the site was called The Memorial Hall of Sun Zhongshan.

Lake of Glasses

This site was built during the Republican period before the Communist Revolution. Two pools form the lake that look like a pair of spectacles. At the northern part of the lake, there is a stone cave on the side of the mountain. Clean water from the Zhuo Xi area forms the curtain of water before the cave. There is a pavilion called the Wonderful Day Pavilion. On the northeast side of the lake, there are colored paintings.

Fragrant Hill Temple

This site once was a temporary dwelling place of an emperor of the Jin Dynasty. In front of the middle building, there are a stone screen, a stone monument, and stone stairs. The stone screen is of great value in itself. There is the Diamond Sutra, the Heart Sutra, and the Kwan-yin sutra. There are pictures of Buddha Dipamkara (the Buddha who is in charge of lights), the goddess Kwan-yin, and Samantabhadra who was one of the four Bodhisattvas in China on the back of the stone screen. The holy plant of the Buddhism is a kind of plant that has leaves like that of a palm tree and flowers that are like towers that blossom in May and June.

The Doubly Clean Villa

On the southeastern hillside is a special quiet yard in which are two clean springs that flow all the year long. There are also pavilions with eight corners and giant maidenhair trees beside the pools of the yard.

Yu Hua Villa

This is the perfect place for appreciating maple leaves in the fall. It is situated in the center of the park.

Zhao Temple

This is a large attractive building with the style of a Tibetan temple. It is 30 meters high with yellow azure stone bottles on the top and eight cornices. Among the cornices are 56 brass bells that make sounds. There are white stone handrails and chairs with eight corners. Below the handrail, there are eight spots under which there are eight Tagees with a Buddha statue carved on each of them.

Fragrant Hill Cableway

A way to see the area easily is to go up the mountain by cable car. There is a cable line that goes up from the northern gate to the top of the censer peak. It is divided into three stations.

Nearby Attractions
About two kilometers to the north and east, there are two other parks. The Beijing Botanical Gardens is to the east. The Beijing Botanical Gardens is a large botanical garden that specializes in plant research, breeding, and tourism. To the north is Cherry Valley. 

Important Information

Hours: April 1st to June 30th, 6:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. July 1st to August 31st, 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. September 1st to March 31st, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


2.Beijing Botanical Garden



Beijing Botanical Garden is located between the Fragrant Hills Park (also called Xiangshan Park) and Jade Spring Hill (known as Yuquan Hill) in Haidian District. It is 15 miles (24 kilometers) far from downtown. In 1956, the project with a planned coverage of 4,000,000 square meters or nearly 1,000 acres was begun. Now, Beijing Botanical Garden has an open area of 500 acres (2,000,000 square meters). It consists of the Plant Exhibition Area, the Scenic Spot and the Historical Resorts, the Scientific Research Area and the Nature Reserve. 10,000 categories of plant with a population of 1.5 million plants are cultivated here, for which this one has been regarded as the biggest in north China so far.


Plant Exhibition Area
The Plant Exhibition Area has four clear divisions. The Theme Gardens have 11 sub-divisions including Lilac Garden, Chinese Rose Garden, Flowering Peach Garden, Peony garden, and so on. The Arboretum Garden has Ginkgoaceae, Coniferales, Mapletrees, Basswood, Magnolia, Berberis, Lysidice and Paulownia. 

The Plant Exhibition Area centers on a greenhouse which was open to the public in 2000. With floor space of nearly 2.5 acres (9,800 square meters), it enjoys the reputation of 'the biggest display greenhouse in Asia'. The Greenhouse Exhibition Area is divided into 4 parts: the Tropical Rain Forests Area, the Desert Plants Area, the Garden of Seasons and the Theme Exhibition Rooms. Plants of 3,100 varieties with population of 60,000 thrive in the greenhouse, including Lithops, pencil bush and cymbidiums. It makes the Greenhouse an important base for scientific education and research. 
 

Historical Resorts
In the natural and historical resort, there are the Wofo Temple, the Liang Qichao's Tomb (1873–1929, a Chinese scholar, philosopher, journalist and reformist in the late Qing Dynasty 1616 - 1911), who inspired Chinese with his reform movement), the Memorial of Cao Xueqin (the Author of the literary work 'Story of the Stone'---one of the Four Great classical Chinese novels, The Cherry Valley (one of the gardens in the Beijing countryside), the Commemorating Booth of 'December Ninth's Movement' (a student demonstration in 1935, under the organization of Chinese Communists) and the Sites of Longjiao Temple (an ancient Buddhist temple).
 

3.Badachu Park



Badachu Park, located on the northwest outskirts of Beijing, is a famous destination with a long history, ancient temples and delightful scenery. It is also known as Eight Great Sites Park because of its eight Buddhist temples and nunneries scattered across Cuiwei, Pingpo and Lushi Hills in the park. Visitors can stroll from one temple to another, enjoying the beautiful scenery and admiring pavilions and rare ancient trees.
 
Badachu Park, Beijing
Bell Tower of Xiangjie Temple
Eight Temples
The eight Buddhist temples are the precious antiques of the park. They are Chang'an Temple, Lingguang Temple, Sanshan Nunnery, Dabei Temple, Longquan Nunnery, Xiangjie Temple, Baozhu Temple, and Zhengguo Temple. Apart from Zhengguo Temple, they all sit on Cuiwei Hill. Zhengguo Temple is the oldest and is situated on Lushi Hill, far from other temples.

Follow the route below, you will visit all temples:
Lingguang Temple - Sanshan Nunnery - China’s Largest Inkstone - Dabei Temple - Longquan Nunnery - glacial erratic boulder - Xiangjie Temple - Baozhu Temple - Chinese Seal Valley - Red Leaves Admiration Zone – stone sculptures at Moya Valley - Zhengguo Temple

 1. Chang'an Temple, literally ‘Temple of Eternal Peace’, stands about 0.6 miles (1km) to the south of the ticket center. It used to be a famous temple with five hundred Arhat statues, but it was badly damaged in the 1960s. Thus, it is not open to visitors.

 2. Lingguang Temple was initially erected in the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907). There are three courtyards. It houses a statue of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, weighing 3.3 tons. Lingguang Temple is famous for its majestic seven-storey stupa, a golden fish pond where beautiful brocade carp swim delightedly, as well as the heart sutra wall and arhats wall presenting a splendid sight. Tooth relics of Sakyamuni are preserved in the temple, making it a holy temple for Buddhists.

 3. Sanshan Nunnery sits between the three hills, thus giving it this name, which literally means ‘three hills’. A spot you cannot miss in Sanshan Nunnery is China’s Largest Inkstone. It measures 38 feet (11.8m) long, 10 feet (3.18m) wide and weighs about 45 tons. Fifty-six lifelike dragons, nine longevity turtles, the pattern of China’s territory, the sun and the moon are ingeniously inscribed with great proportion.

 4. Dabei Temple, meaning the temple of great mercy, is noted for the eighteen lifelike arhats in the Hall of Mahavira which were molded by the famous sculptor Liu Yuan in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). These statues are made of fine sandalwood powder, giving off a waft of faint scent. Also to be found here are two towering gingkoes, which have a history of over eight hundred years. The inscription on the stone tablet over the gate was written by Emperor Kangxi in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).

 5. Longquan Nunnery, located to the west of Dabei Temple, is widely known for the clear spring that never dries up.

 6. Xiangjie Temple is the largest in the Badachu Park, housing five courtyards. It used to be one of the temporary residences for the Emperor Kangxi and Qianlong in the Qing Dynasty. On the way to Xiangjie Temple, you will encounter a glacial erratic boulder, which was formed one or two million years ago.

 7. Baozhu Temple, whose name Baozhu suggests ‘precious pearl’, has a cave behind its Guanyin Hall, with pebbles on the wall like shining pearls. Standing on the peak of Pingpo Hill, the temple was initially built in 1780 during the reign of Emperor Qianlong. One can find many inscriptions left by this emperor. A cable car is available to take visitors from Longquan Temple to the temple within 15 minutes.

 8. Zhengguo Temple, on Lushi Hill far from other seven temples, is the oldest with a history of over 1,200 years. It is said that Lushi once studied as a monk in the temple.
 
Chinese Seal Valley and Moya Valley
The valley between the three hills is home to two attraction spots. One is Chinese Seal Valley between the fourth and the seventh temple. It is themed with China’s seal culture. Hundreds of seals are divided into eight sections chronically. Another one is the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) stone Buddha sculptures in Moya Valley, which were discovered in 2000. The sculptures are considered to be the ninth great site, attracting lots of stone carving aficionados and Buddhists. The middle of the valley also serves as the Red Leaves Admiration Zone. Cable cars to the zone are available at the southeast of Longquan Nunnery.
 
Twelve Natural Sights
Apart from three hills and eight ancient temples, twelve natural sights can be discovered in Badachu Park. The natural sights are: panoramic view from the summit, apricot blossom in spring, mist floating over the hills, sunset at Lushi Hill, chirping of cuckoos, torrents after summer rain, peaceful valleys with streams, morning sun over woods, five bridges under moonlight, flaming autumn leaves, summer green on Hufeng Peak, and snowscape in winter.

With so much to enjoy, Badachu Park is an attractive place to visit all year round, but September and October when leaves are particularly popular when leaves turn red.



What's Included
Domestic transportation as detailed in the itinerary
Private English-speaking guide 
Experienced Chinese-speaking driver and quality, air-conditioned vehicle
Admission tickets to all sights listed on the itinerary – no hidden costs
Free bottled water supplied in your vehicle
Meals as specified in quality local restaurants

What's Not Included
International flights to and from China
International travel insurance (you should purchase your own policy in your home country)
Accommodation - if you want us to book hotels for you, please let your advisor know either via email: 1935990176@QQcom or add customized requirement while you purchase our tours.

Tips for your guide and driver
Other personal expenses


Notes:

This tour price is for two persons,and the one day tour price is for 8 hours a day, every 2 hours extra will be charged 30 US dollars per person.

Meals may change based on the time and location. You can also ask your guide to change your meals. We will try our best to help you enjoy a variety of Chinese food.


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