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- So we went during Golden Week holiday and it was super packed. There was more people than animals and it was more like a park. My friends told me the self driving part of the park during non peak times are pretty fun. Don’t buy veggies from outside venders since they won’t let you bring them in. You can buy veggies to feed the animals inside but it is about 35 RMB. Overall if it wasn’t packed it is a nice place to take the kidsWritten October 5, 2018
- It's a natural scenery covering a huge are. It' 'like waling in a paint. There are also many enertainment like bungee jump.Written January 4, 2019
- Well off the cliched beaten track. This wetland is perfect for people that want to escape. There is fishing available and boat rides. Plenty of places to relax in nature as well. The shuangzihu restaurant offers lunch and tasty mojitos.
The wetland is accessible via Tianjiayingcun village. To get there go to Shunyi station. Then take the number 17 bus to the village. Walk north or find a tuk tuk to take you to the wetlands.Written September 25, 2019
- This section of the wall is well worth the trip, and I strongly recommend this place in addition to Mutianyu Great Wall. Picking one over the other is nigh on impossible, as the experience differ greatly. Some of the views here are mesmerizing, and some sections of the wall are not maintained, which provides you with a slightly different experience than the more commercialized sections.
I paid 43 RMB in entrance fee. I met some other tourists who had not paid an entrance fee because they entered the wall from a different place. The guards here, however, ask for your ticket multiple times to ensure you've actually paid, so keep that in mind. Also note that there's a lot of steep stair climbing involved.
The guards and the people at the ticket office did not speak any English. It's easy to find your way around, and it's not necessary to travel with a guide or a group. There's also very few people on this section.Written May 29, 2019
- This mountain is on the west side of Beijing in Mentougou District. We came here on a Sunday in mid May and the weather was super nice. We took a DiDi from Ponguoyuan for 120 rmb. Ok price when you are 4 people.
You actually drive up and up the mountain to a point where you are at 1000m over sea level. Then we had a look at the temples close by the gate before we walked to the top of the peak of Mt. Miaofeng. It was worth the hike to get to the top. The party is an actual trail in the forest not man made steps so this was a refreshing change from other spots I have visited. We spent a few hours here also had a look at the rose valley but turned out that the roses was not in bloom yet.
For our return we took the but M05 for 2 rmb I think it was from the parking lot back to Pingguoyuan subway on line 1.Written May 14, 2018
- We hiked up all the way to the end and on the 8th tower the gate closed and not allowing further access.For taxis and other transport, the fare is closed.Back had to return on foot, tk. at 18:00 the bus was gone.Written July 3, 2019
- 10C* temperature difference with BJ.
Clean and fresh air
No crowd, no traffic jam, no restaurant, no queue, no hotel
Good for campingWritten August 27, 2018
- Accessed by the 17 Arches Bridge, Nanhu island is in the south-east section of the Summer Palace. It contains a temple and a number of other old buildings all of which are worth seeing but just walking around the island and taking in the views back to Longevity Hill and buildings there is what were enjoyed most. You can get there by strolling along the pedestrian road to the south-east of Longevity Hill (check out the guy who does water calligraphy on the roadway - he was there both days we visited) or by taking a boat from one of the docks to the island itself. Worth doing.Written June 3, 2019
- This site is in Huairou District and quite far away from Beijing's city center, but it's worth a visit if you are in the area. I recommend you visit especially if you are in Shunyi or staying in the Yanqi Lake area.
There is a very nice walk leading up to the dam, with some carnival games and small water activities beside the path. Once you get to the dam, there are two different boat trips and we took both which were nice. If you are short on time, I recommend taking the speed boat as it only takes 5-6 minutes and takes you all around the lake. There is also a chairlift which takes you to a viewing point, where you can see parts of the Great Wall. It is not the best place to see the Great Wall in Beijing, but still a decent view nonetheless. On the other side of the lake there are more fun activities like bungee jumping and zip line, but you need to pay separately for each.
Overall, this is a decent site to visit, especially if you are with children. This is also good for large groups as there are many different things to do to satisfy everyone.Written August 8, 2021
- Perhaps its bit late to come to this mountain area, we went there on October as expecting there will be changing colors of the leaves. But this time its already looking bit dry and most of leaves already gone.
Yet the scenery all way from Beijing city into this mountain area is refreshing and very beautiful as it was colorful (autumn changing leaves color).
There are steps already built all the way to the top of the mountain. If you are too lazy to take the steps, you also can drive the car almost to the top.
The view if really good! It is a nice place which is still in Beijing Shi yet we can take a break from crazy busy and crowded Beijing city life!\
Oh... did I mentioned about the road all the way to the top? it is looking awesome from the top!Written November 12, 2013
- Shentangyu scenic area was also close to the hotel we stayed at and we just actually got on an electric bus to get to the entrance point and they we paid 35 yuan to enter the park. It was a beautiful walk in the mountain with amazing colors and also the weather was not too cold. We had a look at the Nordic style cabins in the park and they looked super cozy.Written October 27, 2018
- We visited the grasslands in October, when the grass had already dried out and turned yellow. However, the whole place is very disappointing, especially after seeing the real grasslands in inner mongolia. We avoided the main entrance and went on a side road, which lead directly to the horse farms, thus avoiding the entrance ticket. However, we paid 100yuan per horse per hour, which is way too much. The whole place is not as pretty as I expected: the lake is dull, the yurts abandoned, the mountains barely visible trough the fog/dust. Accommodation is easy to find with lots of peasant houses renting their rooms for the night at 100yuan per room per night. If you are looking for real grasslands head north to inner/outer mongolia.Written October 7, 2013
- This wonderful place, located at the end of subway line 16, is at the northwestern tip of Beijing. It's nice and quiet, green and lush, with a serious slice of history. Originally built during the Liao and Jin Dynasties, further developed during the Ming and Qing, it has temples and, most importantly, an incense trail that used to be followed by pilgrims. Well worth a visit!Written April 22, 2017
- There are many cultural sites in and around Beijing. There are many beautiful nature near Beijing. But near Beijing there are no forests. I think this scenic spot may be interesting mostrly for those people who want to see some forest. Not wild but something about it. I don't think it'll be interesting for those people who don't live in Beijing :-) But we spent a nice half a day there. May be the most interesting things are more distant, but we were not ready to climb on the hill 15 km.
By the way - you can visit it only by car, because between the ticket office and the real attraction is about 7 km.Written February 1, 2013
- I decided to visit mount songshan nature scenic area as a way to get out of the city. Its a large nature preserve just like any forested area in china. Was hoping to see some wildlife, but none were easily seen, but the hiking trail was moderate.
here are instructions to visit if doing by bus:
To allow a relaxed trip to the Songshan Nature Reserve, you are advised to plan a full day. The transportation is convenient by bus. You can take bus No. 919 or 919 (express) at Deshengmen bus stop and get off at Yanqing Nan Caiyuan stop. Then change to bus No. 920 ( this runs on only certain days) and get off at Songshan Lukou stop, which is only 5 kilometers from the entrance to the reserve. You need to take a taxi to the scenic spot. If you travel with a couple of friends, we suggest that you hire a vehicle and share the cost. In this way, the trip will be more flexible and you do not need to worry about missing the return bus. You can drive northward along the Badaling Highway and take the Kangzhuang Exit. Then turn left at a T-junction and drive in the Zhangshanying direction. Following the sign posts, you will reach the east gate of Songshan Nature Reserve. The admission fee is CNY50 per person.Written October 29, 2013
Frequently Asked Questions about Beijing
- These experiences are best for nature & wildlife areas in Beijing:
- Private Tour to Mutianyu Great Wall and Ming Tombs from Beijing
- Beijing Private Tour to Nanshan Ski Resort and Mutianyu Great Wall with Lunch
- Full-Day Beijing Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace Tour
- 7-Day Private Tour to Beijing,Xi'an and Guilin
- 2 Days Beijing to Feng Ning Ba Shang Grassland tour with private transfer