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Fragrant Hills Park (Xiangshan Gongyuan)

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Fragrant Hills Park (Xiangshan Gongyuan)

858 Reviews
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Haidian District, Beijing China
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Skip the Line: Forbidden City Ticket Booking with Optional Guide Service
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Skip the Line: Forbidden City Ticket Booking with Optional Guide Service

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Avoid any long lines or printing problems with paperless skip-the-line entry to Beijing’s UNESCO-listed Forbidden City. Simply book in advance, stroll straight to check in, then show your passport to ensure hassle-free admission directly into the ancient complex and enjoy plenty of time to browse the site’s major attractions, including the Gate of Divine Prowess, Dragon Throne, and Palace Museum.
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rosegrove77 wrote a review Nov. 2020
Beijing, China225 contributions27 helpful votes
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Went here today for a walk which was probably more of a hike! We decided to go to the ‘peak’ which was supposed to be 2800m but our various apps measured it at well over 3k. It’s an inclined walk on well maintained paths and then the last section is steep stairs. The stairs are punctuated by brief spots where you are tempted to keep on going for the view. At the top the views of Beijing are stunning and worth the effort. We caught the ski lift back down after our tired legs said no more. The lift was 160RMB for 2 of us, quite expensive but worth it to save our knees. My only regret is not coming a few weeks earlier to catch the autumn colours as I’m sure it would be even more stunning then.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Dean S wrote a review Dec. 2019
Beijing, China67 contributions62 helpful votes
When I was last here there was no 4th ring road, only the two subway lines and the taxi ride took over an hour. Now the subway and tram line whisk visitors within 200 meters of the park entrance. Popularity has grown. The are redeployed ski lift chairs to the summit (additional charge), but the hike (steep and moderately strenuous) is worth the effort for a great view of Beijing. Plenty of dining options exist outside the park entrance plus some street food options in the park (hefty yang rou chuan er—lamb on a stick—just below the summit). Best time to go is the Autumn. Plan on spending 5 hours getting to the park and climbing the hill. Senior Citizen discount!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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KodoDrummer wrote a review Nov. 2019
Yekaterinburg, Russia63,520 contributions138,243 helpful votes
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The park is amazingly beautiful at this time of year. This year wintry weather has come early to Beijing, and created many very beautiful and brilliantly coloured leaves.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Bobbi S wrote a review Nov. 2019
Lido Beach, New York3,909 contributions269 helpful votes
Came here on a whim on our first day in Beijing. Took the Line 5 from near the hutong we were staying in, then Line 10, then the above-ground train to the Fragrant Hills station. Walked up the town's hill (there are a number in this new-ish looking town where you can pick up fresh fruit, snacks, drinks, and check out the beautifully-clad bracelet lady), through the park's entrance, and up, up we climbed to the top. A little tiring seeing as we had just arrived at 4 AM, earlier that day, after a 13 hour flight, but worth the experience, the calories burned, and the view. There is what appears to be a few very old buildings at the top, one of which is nearly empty except for a stand inside where you can buy cold drinks and some small souvenirs. Many local people come here just for the exercise, (some putting many foreigners to shame!) The trail, asphalt, steps, cobblestones, etc are constantly maintained, there are a number of shrines and buildings to stop in and see in different parts of the park, including the wishing wall where people attached small red pennants to trees and fences with wishes for loves, lives, success, dreams, etc. There are also lovely plantings and shrubbery covering the park and I would say, for an English language speaker, the map wasn't as clear and helpful as it could be. There were a handful of red leaves visible, but not as many as the park is known for. Make this 1/2 day trip into the countryside part of your tour of Beijing
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Date of experience: October 2019
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odddsinai wrote a review Nov. 2019
Olsztyn, Poland12 contributions7 helpful votes
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I was there alone. Started from the east gate. It costs 10 yuan. Climbed to the mountain top - it is about 200m of climbing. During the climb ( which has many stairs) there are few temples and many trees with yellow and red leaves. The day was foggy so they could not tell if the cable car is working. Eventually it worked. Went down to the north lake and than to the East one. Highly recommended to arrive at that season not after 08:30 in the morning as there are many groups and people.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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