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Fragrant Hills Park (Xiangshan Gongyuan)

Haidian District, Beijing, China
010-62591155
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Ranked #49 of 1,243 Attractions in Beijing
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Parks
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This lovely wooded park is a favourite of Beijingers, especially in autumn to see the maple trees with their striking red leaves ( it’s traditional to... more » Owner description: This lovely wooded park is a favourite of Beijingers, especially in autumn to see the maple trees with their striking red leaves ( it’s traditional to collect them). Walk thru the lower areas spotted with pavilions & temples and winding paths to wander around, or take the cable car up to the top for some views of the surrounding hilly countryside. « less
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Beijing, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This garden is pretty huge, expect to spend at least 2 hours here. The location is just at the north west perimeter of Beijing. Good season to visit will be the spring flowering time and fall season. But it is not recommended to visit during the Fall season as the traffic flow will be paralyzed around the area. Nevertheless, alternately... More

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Denpasar, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

We went to Fragrant Hills to take our little 2 y.o. for a walk in nature. We wanted to go during Autumn where the leaves are all beautifully red, but were warned that it's not going to be a good time if we have toddler, because there'll be a sea of people. So, we went a little early. It was... More

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

We spent a full day at this beautiful park! We went during the week in the last week of May and it was so peacefull and quite. There where not a lot of people in the park. The cable car wasn't running and some of the temples where not open, but there are so many things to see and the... More

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Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

It was good to see the historical buildings and sculptures but on the day we went the air quality was so bad it made our eyes and nose burn. All of our photos are dark because the sunlight couldn't get through. Unfortunate about the air, but we enjoyed the park.

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Waterloo, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

We took the bus out to this famous park on the Labor Day (May 1) holiday to try to escape the hordes of tourists that invade Beijing for the 3-day holiday. It was partially successful in that there were relatively few people on some of the trails but the top of the cable car was like a zoo. Lots of... More

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

One of my favourite places in Beijing, this park is stunning. Definitely worth visiting on a smog free day, climbing the large hills is a great outdoors trip, so I would suggest taking a day to do this. It's very near the Summer Palace and quite cheap, it's best to take lots of snacks and water. The views from the... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Visited there on Nov2013,was a late autumn in Beijing. Reach there around 10am and already very crowded,all people come here for autumn leaves,not many autumn leaves,but still worth to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

We visited on 6 Nov 2013 morning. It was late Autumn by then. The leaves turned red and there were many other visitors as well. Having visited all the others tourist attractions in Beijing (FC, Great wall, Tiananmen, Summer Palace, Beihai, Ming tombs, Jingshan park, etc), I do find that Fragrant hills is my favourite. There is this one whole... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

We visited this site on a weekday of the end of October, it was full of people, i just couldn't imagine the crowd during weekend. The other issue was the traffic jam and the chaotic parking at the car parks. If you would drive to fragrant hill in October/November please arrive early to avoid the jam. We were lucky to... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013 via mobile

I went to see the red leaves there on a weekday and it was extremely crowded. Can't imagine the crowd on a weekend. Took bus 360 from the Beijing Zoo terminal and alighted at the last stop. Took about 45mins with no jam. (There is another bus 360 from Xizhimen but it takes a longer route.) The bus stop is... More

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