We decided to pay a visit to this park during the Labor Day holiday (May 1-3 2014) since it was likely to be much less crowded than the usual tourist haunts around Beijing. We were not disappointed! We got wonderful views on the 1299 stairs trail and found ourselves essentially alone on a trail through the forest climbing up to a lookout east of the stairs trail when we decided to go up the hill a second time.
An important bit of advice regarding buses: Despite extensive web research that indicated bus 912 from Andingmen would be a good choice, we found that route 912 no longer exists. We were directed by a bus ticket person at Andingmen to catch bus 888 from Deshengmenxi (Deshengmen west) bus station. The bus stop is on the road outside the bus station. The ride is 1 h 15 min. The end of the line is Changpeng Fengshan which is about 20 m from the entrance to the park. Very convenient. And the cost of RMB 2.40 (~US$0.40 - with a transportation card) for the bus is hard to beat!
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