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Fragrant Hills Park (Xiangshan Gongyuan)

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Address: Haidian District, Beijing, China
Phone Number: 010-62591155
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: This lovely wooded park is a favourite of Beijingers, especially in autumn...
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.
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Promises more than it delivers

I visited Fragrant Hills in late October. The park is hugely popular with the Chinese and has numerous short hikes. The fall colors were sparse when I was there and there areas... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 21, 2014
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

I visited Fragrant Hills in late October. The park is hugely popular with the Chinese and has numerous short hikes. The fall colors were sparse when I was there and there areas of potted mums in which people were taking their pictures. Overall, this seems like a place where couples and families with young children go to escape the city... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We went just as the leaves were changing and it is beautiful in the right season. If you time it right, you can get there mid afternoon so that you can climb all the way up and see more and more of beijing unfolding as you do, and when you finally reach the top, the sun is just setting and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

I was really looking forward to taking photos of the autumn leaves/foilage after reading about Xiangshan Park outside of Beijing. I was actually disappointed in this park, especially since it was so difficult to get to. I asked my hotel (Westin Chaoyang) for directions and they told me to take the subway and then get a taxi to the park.... More 

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Beijing, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Fragrant hills park definitely has the potential to be a great experience, unfortunately and like many sights in China, it is way too crowded for the way it as been designed. The line to get the cable car is infernal and the stairs to the top are packed with people going up and down.... I wouldn't put it on my... More 

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Chambery, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Beautiful visit that seems to be popular with the locals but not many Western visitors. The walk can be quite tough but you can break off at any time. The leaves were not completely red yet but it was still beautiful. Interesting Chinese market outside the park.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 via mobile

Very nice park with a high hill as the centre piece. Beautiful autumn colors all around. There is a chairlift to the top of the hill. From the top there us a great view towards the Summer Palace. We walked back down via well maintained stairs and walkways. A large number of souvenir stalls are everywhere. Kudos to the people... More 

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I think the park would have been very nice, when the trees change color, but there are so many people and so many people talking on their phones, that is just not very peaceful or calming. The bus ride is fairly easy, and cheap, and I'd try to go as early as possible, if I went again, to miss the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Nice hike up to the 780m peak. If in the right season, the top is covered in red leaf trees. Long bus ride but well worth it. Is also near a botanical garden.

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York, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Take the number 563 bus from Summer Palace and take a look at this amazing park. The climb up to the peak is a long one but the views of the skyline on top are sensational. You can also take the cable car if you'd prefer.

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Spend half a day here as the place is rather huge. A must to take the chairlift up to the top, though it is quite scary. I bought a one way ticket up and hiked down which was a huge mistake. At sunset, the path is totally pitched dark and it can get slipperly. Hiking down takes 1.5 hours. Night... More 

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