Early Autumn - Hiking's Golden Season
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Autumn is stepping in as summer retreat; relentless heat is giving way to soft breeze. All these imply one thing: it’s time for hiking. Wondering in the woods on the hills, you can hear the singing of birds; walking down the creek, you can see fish swimming; strolling along the valley, you can smell the aroma of flowers. Beijing boasts beautiful landscapes in its country regions, offering rolling hills and rippling lakes. The best choice to tour these places is through hiking, and there are many benefits. It helps reduce your risk of heart disease and heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and some cancers. Hiking allows you to explore nature, set aside everyday stresses, and stimulates the feel-good chemical hormones of adrenaline and endorphins. Further, group hiking allows you to socialize and improve relationships with those around you..

Day 1: Take a Breath of Early Autumn

Lingshan Mountain is located in the western part of Mentougou District, 122 km away from downtown Beijing. At around 2,302 meters above sea level, the peak of Lingshan Mountain is the highest point in Beijing. Entering Lingshan Mountain Scenic Area, you can not only view the beacon towers of ancient times, but also drink from the spring waters that run all throughout the year. The vegetation on Lingshan Mountain varies greatly with altitude. You can find temperate zone as well as cold zone vegetation. It also has a vast alpine meadow with thick grass...


Opening Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 18:30 p.m.

Highlights: Mountain Climbing and Munich Oktoberfest

Lingshan Mountain is especially beautiful in the autumn when the leaves begin to change making it an ideal place for admiring multicolored autumn foliage. After nearly a day’s hiking, you must be tired and hungry, so you know what? The Oktoberfest is going on in Beijing. The Munich Oktoberfest in Beijing is located on the left side of the Observation Tower in the Olympic Park, Chaoyang District, and represents a perfect harmony between thousands of years of Chinese history and German Bavarian history and culture...


Transportation: Take Bus No. 929 Sub-Line at the Pingguoyuan Station to Shuangtangjian. Alternatively, you can drive along Fushi Road to Mentougou, and then take 109 State Highway and continue west, passing Yanchizhen, Qijiazhuang, and Hongshuikoucun village until you reach the entrance of Lingshan Mountain Scenic Resort.

What to do: Moutain climbing and Sunrise Watching

Details: Take a Breath of Early Autumn


Day 2: Climb the Mountain and Play with Water in Qinglong Gorge Area

The best time to visit Qinglong Gorge is summer or autumn, in the summer you can see the grand cascading waterfall and in the autumn you can view the colourful forests, climb the mountains, and play in the water.


Recommended visit length: 9:00 - 17:00

Highlights: climb mountain, bungee jumping

Spend one day in the natural scenery will make our tense nerves relax. Qinglong Gorge Scenic Area is a good choice for mountain climbing enthusiasts, they can not only participate in mountain climbing but also other sports like rock climbing, bungee jumping and boating. Qinglong Gorge is located 20 kilometers northwest of Huairou, the so-called "black dragon" valley is home to a reservoir spanning 55.6 km², part of which is open to tourists for boating and yachting. Besides that, the mountain has a wild section of the Great Wall that has not been renovated. The hills here are not as steep as Longqing Gorge, while unique views of the Great Wall add much appeal.


Address: Huaibei Township, Huairou District

Transportation:Take Bus 916 from Dongzhimen Long Distance Bus Station to Huairou, then transfer to a northbound Bus 2 or take a taxi.

Admission: Adult: 40RMB, Child: 20RMB

Opening hours of the Scenic Area: 7:00-19:00

Details: Qinglong Gorge Scenic Area


Day 3: Appreciate the Beauty of the Golden Sea Lake

Located north of the Haizi Village, on the eastern side of Pinggu District, Golden Sea Lake is about 85 kilometers away from the city center of Beijing. It borrows this name from the nearby Grand Gold Hill, which is well-known for being a rich gold resource reserve. Located on the northeast side of Huangsongyu Town, or "黄松峪乡" in Chinese, Diaowo Village is surrounded on three sides by the mountains and on the fourth by the river. The village has beautiful, eye-catching scenery. There are over 100 villagers living in Diaowo Village. The residents are usually enthusiastic and sincere. Visitors are often able to spend nights with the residents in their farmhouses and enjoy a few home-cooked meals...


Opening Hours: 07:00 - 21:00

Highlights: Reservoir, Huguang Tower, Taoists, Diaowo Village

Camel Peak is one of the most famous spots in the Golden Sea Lake scenic resort. Legend has it that a camel convoy was passing by this spot in the 17th century. Suddenly earth cracked underneath their feet and all camels but one fell in a huge hole that was formed. The very one that escaped the hole fell on the top of the hill and its legs got stuck between the rocks of the hill. That is how Camel Peak was formed. Sunset is the best time to view Camel Peak and you can take gorgeous pictures of the peak in a pink and orange background.


Transportation: take Bus No. 918 from Dongzhimen to Pinggu, and from there take Minibus No. 9 to Jinhaihu.

Nearby Accommodation: Pinggu Jiujiujia Farmhouse (久久嘉农家院), Huainan Villa Hotel (南华山庄酒店), Beijing Yuxinyuan Hotel (育新苑宾馆).

Details: Appreciate the Beauty of the Golden Sea Lake


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