Ming Dynasty Tombs (Shisan Ling)

On August 26, 2011, in Beijing, Historical Relics, More Places of Interest, Must-sees, Tombs, by Jack Li

Ming Dynasty Tombs (simplified Chinese:十三陵; traditional Chinese:十三陵; pinyin: shí sān líng; literally “thirteen tombs”) is located at the foot of Tianshou Mountain. The total area is more than 120 square kilometers and it is about 50km away from Beijing. There are many mountains around the tombs and a river in front of the tombs, the […]

Ming Dynasty Tombs (simplified Chinese:十三陵; traditional Chinese:十三陵; pinyin: shí sān líng; literally “thirteen tombs”) is located at the foot of Tianshou Mountain. The total area is more than 120 square kilometers and it is about 50km away from Beijing.

There are many mountains around the tombs and a river in front of the tombs, the scenery is beautiful. Ming Dynasty Tombs were built in the east, west and north of a mountain and the tombs have been formed on a large-scale and have magnificent buildings. The warlock of the Ming Dynasty thought that this place brought luck to visitors, therefore it was selected as “Wannian Shou domain” to built tombs. The tombs were built from 1409 to 1644 and have 300-600 years of history. The tomb buildings are the largest and have the most tombs of empresses in China, even in the world. It covers an area of 40 square kilometers. In the east of Shahe town there is a splendid Gonghua city, that was used for Emperor Jiajing to have a rest but he sacrificed it to for other emperors and now it is just relics left there. The Ming Dynasty Tombs is the general name of thirteen emperor’s tombs after the capital city changed to Beijing in the Ming Dynasty. One by one it built Changling Tomb (Emperor Mingcheng Zu), Xianling Tomb (Emperor Renzong), Jingling Tomb (Emperor Xuanzong), Yuing Tomb (Emperor Yingzong) and Maoling Tomb (Emperor Xianzong.) It also built Tailing Tomb (Emperor Xiaozong), Kangling (Emperor Wuzong), Yongling Tomb (Emperor Shizong), Zhaoling Tomb (Emperor Muzong), Dingling Tomb (Emperor Shenzong) and Qingling Tomb (Emperor Guangzong.) Other tombs also include Deling Tomb (Emperor Jiazong) and Siling Tomb (Emperor Sizong.) Changling Tomb, Diling Tomb, Zhaoling Tomb and Road Shen are the only tombs which have been opened.

The Ming Dynasty Tombs are the most well preserved than any other China emperors’ tombs. After the founding of People’s Republic of China, the government began to repair it from the early liberation period and protected the tombs as the national important relics. In 1957, Beijing government announced that the Ming Dynasty Tombs are the first focus of Ancient Culture Relics unit in Beijing. In 1961, the Ming Dynasty Tombs were announced as the importance of national culture relics. In 1982, the Ming Dynasty Tombs were announced as the one of the 44 important national scenic resorts protection zone. In 1991, the Ming Dynasty Tombs were identified as one of the “Forty Best Tourist Destinations of China.” In 1992, the Ming Dynasty Tombs were named as “the best preserved and the most emperors’ tomb group in the world” by Tourism Committee.

Ming Dynasty Tombs attractions:

Dingling Tomb

Yongling Tomb

Zhaoling Tomb

Changling Tomb

Xianling Tomb

Shidu Travel Tips

Shidu is located in the southwest in Fangshan District of Beijing and it is the only large-scale Karst landform in the north of China. Shidu scenic resort is a national AAA sceneric spot and a national geological park. Shidu scenic resort is a river valley where the river tributary named Juma River joins Daqing River. […]

Shidu is located in the southwest in Fangshan District of Beijing and it is the only large-scale Karst landform in the north of China. Shidu scenic resort is a national AAA sceneric spot and a national geological park. Shidu scenic resort is a river valley where the river tributary named Juma River joins Daqing River. The Juma River cuts through the Taibai Mountain and was formed in the north part of the mountain. It is 20km long. In history the river valley had ten ferries to cross the Juma River, called “shidu.”  In the river valley a highway has been built and there is no the real ferries here now. But its name “Shidu” has been used up to now.

Best Time to Visit Shidu

Beijing has moderate temperatures in spring and autumn and is the best season to travel. Especially in autumn, there are clear skies, crisp air and colorful leaves making Beijing the Golden city. The best months to travel are April, May, September and October. The north edge of the Great Plain of China is surrounded by the hills on one side and waters on the other which creates a typical semi-humid continental climate for Beijing with four distinct seasons. The annual average temperature is 11.8℃with the coldest being -4.6℃ in January and the hottest being 26.1℃ in July. Spring and autumn in Beijing are quite short while winters are relatively long. The average amount of precipitation is 644 mm, with 180 frostless days. Heating systems in Beijing are quite good, so it’s warm indoors in winter. However it’s rather cold outside, and tourists have to wear sweaters and thick coats. Weather forecasts are broadcasted in newspapers, on the radio and on TV. You can also check the weather by calling 859 which provides Chinese and English weather reports for the day and the next day. Most people go to Beijing to visit historical sites which are not affected by weather. If you arrive in winter, you will get off-season rates in hotels and travel agencies which can save you plenty of money.

Shidu Tickets

Longxian Palace: 40RMB

Fairy Peak Valley: 22RMB

Biboyuan Resort: 50RMB

Tianlu Mountain: free admission and charge according to special sites.

Fo Character for Dragon and Heaven and Pingxi Memorial Museum of the War Against Japanese Aggression: free

The East Lake Port: 50RMB (entrance ticket) and another 60, 100, or 150 for a package to see different sites.

The West Lake Port: 32RMB

Gushan Village: 40RMB (entrance ticket) and another 60, 90, 110 or 150 package to see some locations.

Rafting: 30RMB per hour for one raft

Bungee: 205RMB

Cable Car: 55RMB

How to Get to Shidu

By bus:

By taking No.917 bus it will take you about 3 hours from Beijing to Shidu. It is about 10 minutes from Shidu to East Lake Harbor. From Shidu to Shiqidu it takes about 15 minutes.

The departure time for Bus 917 is as follows: 7:00AM, 8:00AM, 12:30PM and 16:30PM

The East Lake Port to Beijing (flyover) departure time: 6:45AM, 7:45AM, 10:00AM, 11:00AM and 16:45PM.

By train:

From Beijing to Yesanpo you will pass by the following stations: Beijing West, Fengtai District, Shidu, Ping Valley, Yesanpo and Gouge Village.

Driving:

Drive past: Beijing– Jingshi Expressway Yan Village– Liangxiang– Fangshan District– Yunju Temple– Zhangfang– Shidu.

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Attractions in Shidu

On August 25, 2011, in Activities, Beijing, Mountain Areas, Valleys and Scenic Spots, by Jack Li

Wudu: Mountainous wind breezes which rustles the leaves of the trees Wudu has thick vegetation with plenty of species. The forests are green and the valleys are deep. The Fifth Du is a wind gap. Mountainous wind blows and leaves of the trees wave. It’s one of the best spots on a hot summer’s day […]

Wudu: Mountainous wind breezes which rustles the leaves of the trees

Wudu has thick vegetation with plenty of species. The forests are green and the valleys are deep. The Fifth Du is a wind gap. Mountainous wind blows and leaves of the trees wave. It’s one of the best spots on a hot summer’s day with the cool breeze.

ErduMany cliffs that are like barriers between the valleys

Erdu is the most magnificent spot in Shidu scenic zone. On the east bank of Juma River, there is an open flood land. On the west bank are steep cliffs for several kilometers. In the middle, there are so many tall trees that only a small crack of the sky can be seen. This is like a small cut made by a powerful sword. If you see the cliffs from a remote area, you will think it’s like a tough barrier which is hard to cross.

Liudu: A sandy beach which is perfect for sunbathing

There are many sandy beaches along the Juma River. But the sandy beach in the Sixth Du has a large area with extraordinary soft and light sand. It shines a golden color under the sun. After playing with the water, you can lie down on the beach and have a sunbath. What a pleasant enjoyment!

Sandu:”Pray for rain in Bamboo shoots Peak”

Sandu is famous for many strong stones. A lot of pointed huge stones are dotted around. From a long distance it looks like bamboo shoots springing up after a spring rain. It forms into a unique view of bamboo shoots peak forest. There is a legend in the past that praying for rain here is very effective.

Sidu: “fairy peak and bright moon”

There is a narrow valley known as the “fairy valley” in Sidu. The streams are gurgling, and the peaks tower over them. Every night the sky is clear and the bright moon hangs in the sky. The moonlight reflects the shadow of the peaks clearly and beautifully. If you wander along the glittering Juma River look at the bright moon and the shadow of the mountain, you will  be immersed in unlimited deep thought……

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Shidu

On August 25, 2011, in Beijing, Mountain Areas, Rivers & Gorges, Valleys and Scenic Spots, by Jack Li

Located in the southwest area of Fangshan District of Beijing, the Shidu scenic zone is well-known for its unique karst landform. Shidu in Chinese means ten ferries. The valleys along the Juma River in Shidu were made from bedrocks during the Middle Proterozoic Era (1,000-1800 million years ago). Being the main feature of the karst […]

Located in the southwest area of Fangshan District of Beijing, the Shidu scenic zone is well-known for its unique karst landform. Shidu in Chinese means ten ferries. The valleys along the Juma River in Shidu were made from bedrocks during the Middle Proterozoic Era (1,000-1800 million years ago). Being the main feature of the karst landform, these bedrocks are dolomites. Dolomite is a sort of soluble rock. Shidu is the largest canyon with karst peaks and forests in the north of China. There are typical mountains and hard rocks in the north of China.  Clear waters and steep cliffs are just like the landscapes found in the south of China. It is hailed as an extraordinary sight in the north of China, an incredible fairyland and a fictitious land of peace.

There are numerous spots of karst landform. The most famous three places are Feilai Rock in Xianfeng Valley, a thread of sky in Gushan village and a Buddhist Fo character. These are all geological wonders.

 attractions in  Shidu

Erdu: Many cliffs that are like barriers between the valleys

Sandu: Pray for rain in Bamboo shoots Peak

Sidu: Fairy peak and bright moon

Wudu: Mountainous wind breezes which rustles the leaves of trees

Liudu: A sandy beach which is perfect for sunbathing on a hot day.

 Shidu Story

Longqing Gorge

On August 24, 2011, in Beijing, Chinese Towns & Villages, Other Regions, Rivers & Gorges, by Jack Li

Longqing Gorge is located by Gucheng River in the northwest of Gucheng Village, which is 10 miles to the northeast of Yanqing County in Beijng and 85 miles away from Beijing unban area. In the ancient time, Longqing Gorge was called “Ancient City with Nine Curves”. The water ssource came from the eastern foot of […]

Longqing Gorge is located by Gucheng River in the northwest of Gucheng Village, which is 10 miles to the northeast of Yanqing County in Beijng and 85 miles away from Beijing unban area. In the ancient time, Longqing Gorge was called “Ancient City with Nine Curves”. The water ssource came from the eastern foot of Haituo Mountain, passing Yudu Mountain and flowing into the reservoir of ancient city. It earns the title of “Little Lijiang” of Beijing.

The towering dam of Longqing Gorge reservoir connects two mountains, which are forty or fifty meters wide. The dam, like a huge white lock, locks the dragon-like mountains. When you overlook the northern side from the top of dam, you can see the green water with the reflections of mountains and clouds. The two mountains on western and eastern sides are as high as dozens of Zhang (1 Zhang=3.3 meters), with erect cliffs as if they have been cut by knives.

When you visit it by boat, you can experience the feeling of the sentence in a poem “when you think you have reached the end of the road, but around the corner, a totally new view will come into your eyes.” The water is like a floating ribbon, which flows endlessly. Every time you pass a corner of a mountain, you will see different scenery. The mountains and stones are of great variety of forms and shapes, some are like the swords coming out of the scabbards, and some are like risen hammers and some are like tigers up-holding heads and some are like elephants with heads twisting… Therefore according to their shapes, people name them by “Buddha of the Mountain”, “Cockscomb Mountain”, “and Golden Jar Mountain” and so on.

This attraction is the combination of grace of the scenery of southern part of China and magnificence of the scenery of northern part of China. The gorges are twisted and the river is long and green. The cliffs on both sides are dangerously steep and the forests are dense. The lime rocks form into peculiar shapes, and especially the karst caves and the stalagmites, stacks and faultage stones are quite similar to those of Lijiang River. But when you look up at the mountains, you will find that the unique magnificence of the mountains in the northern part of China.

Longqing Gorge Attractions

 Longqing Gorge Ice Lantern

Fairy Courtyard

Ling Mountain Scenic Spot

On August 23, 2011, in Beijing, More Places of Interest, Mountain Areas, by Jack Li

Ling Mountain Scenic Spot is 122km far from the center of Beijing.  As the highest mountain in Beijing, Ling Mountain has an elevation of 230m.  It is adjacent to Longmen forest park on the west, closed to Longmen Gully Scenic Spot and connecting to 101national road on the south side.  Because of its height, a […]

Ling Mountain Scenic Spot is 122km far from the center of Beijing.  As the highest mountain in Beijing, Ling Mountain has an elevation of 230m.  It is adjacent to Longmen forest park on the west, closed to Longmen Gully Scenic Spot and connecting to 101national road on the south side.  Because of its height, a 25sqkm scenic spot with picturesque peaks, rocks and scenery can be seen.  Because of the changeable weather of Ling Mountain, different elevation has different plant species.  As a result, plants from Temperate zone and Frigid Zone such as azalea, lilac, white birch, hazel, rose and more are growing on the mount at the same time.  The famous Marshy grassland on the mount is a paradise for squirrel, hare, giant pig, role deer and other wild animals.   Moreover, it is also the unique natural farm where raises Xinjiang fine-wool sheep, Ili horses and Tibet yak.   Though Ling Mountain is situated in Beijing, it has a temperature variation of 10—12℃ against the city proper.  That makes it a perfect scenic spot and summer resort for leisure and vacation.  On your way to the scenic spot, you have a great opportunity to appreciate the ancient beacon, drink the fresh spring water and taste local specialties such as chives, wild day lily and mushrooms.  Besides, KTV, Bar and Bonfire party nearby the spot are located nearby.

Ling Mountain Scenic Spot travel tips

Kangxi Grassland

On August 23, 2011, in Beijing, More Places of Interest, Valleys and Scenic Spots, by Jack Li

Kangxi Grassland is 15 kilometers away from the Great Wall in Yanqing County, 80 kilometers away from Beijing city. The meadow of Kangxi Grassland accounts for about 22 million square meters and it is a famous summer resort at the suburban district of Beijing. It is west to Guanting Lake and north to Haitou Mountain, […]

Kangxi Grassland is 15 kilometers away from the Great Wall in Yanqing County, 80 kilometers away from Beijing city. The meadow of Kangxi Grassland accounts for about 22 million square meters and it is a famous summer resort at the suburban district of Beijing. It is west to Guanting Lake and north to Haitou Mountain, near the mountain and by the lake, extremely beautiful. It a unique scenic site which integrates mountains, waters, forests, and grass into together.

The land of Kangxi Grassland is plain and widely open and it is rich in animal and plant life. Every year in spring and summer, the grass looks like a green carpet and hundreds of flowers are in bloom. There are around five hundred kinds of plants like cogongrass, wild daisy and other plants as well as animals like hares, foxes, swans and wild ducks. The landscape here is as beautiful as a picture, with herds of cattle and sheep, the magnificent Great Wall in the east, the clear and quiet reservoir in the west and magnificent and beautiful mountains in the north.

Galloping is the most attractive activity on Kangxi Grassland. There is the largest turf in China. Travelers can ride a horse as well as watching the beautiful view of the grassland and experiencing feelings beyond the Great Wall. There is a 100,000 square meters turf, thousands of meters racing course and professional equestrian club for training and other clubs.

Here at night, you can hold campfire party and taste the special cuisine of Monglian nationality, Roast Whole Lamb. You can also dance to the beautiful music at the open-air campfire ballroom. Now the large folk-custom holiday village has been built with various kinds of entertainmens like sight-seeing tower, sparkling ball park, entertaining maze, boating with fishing, skating course and so on.

In the winter, the lake of Kangxi Grassland freeze into ice, forming a natural skating rink. Here you can go skating, ride sledge or angle for fish. The view is poetic and picturesque, which make people deeply revel in it. People who ever come here are attracted by its wideness and profundity and addicted to galloping on the horse. Kangxi Grassland is a beautiful poem to express your feelings as well as a dream for you to gallop as much

Jingshan Park

On August 22, 2011, in Beijing, More Places of Interest, Parks & Gardens, by Jack Li

Jingshan Park, east of Beihai Park, lies at the center of Old Beijing facing the north gate of the Forbidden City. At the top of Jingshan, visitors can enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Forbidden City and its surroundings. The park draws its name (meaning: “scenic site”) from its fruit trees and vibrant cypresses. It […]

Jingshan Park, east of Beihai Park, lies at the center of Old Beijing facing the north gate of the Forbidden City. At the top of Jingshan, visitors can enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the Forbidden City and its surroundings. The park draws its name (meaning: “scenic site”) from its fruit trees and vibrant cypresses. It served as an imperial garden in the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties.

In the south of the park is Qiwang Hall, housing a statue of Confucius. On the north side of the hill are the Yong’en and Guande Chambers, housing the bodies of the past emperors. The lotus tree on the east side of the hill marks the place where Emperor Chongzhen hanged himself. Unfortunately, the site was destroyed during warfare. Wanchun Pavilion sits on the hill’s central point and is the highest point in Beijing. Here, visitors can marvel at a full, clear view of Old Beijing: in the north is Di’an Gate Street with the Bell and Drum Towers on the far end of the street; in the east are Yonghegong Lama Temple and the Imperial Academy; in the west is Beihai Park with the White Pagoda rising against the sky; and in the south is the magnificent Forbidden City. The park also has the biggest peony rose garden in Beijing, blooming in full in May each year.

Jingshan Park Attractions

Qiwang Hall

Wangchun Pavilion

Jingshan Park Stories

1. The Plan View of the Park Assembles a Sitting Man
In March 1987, Beijing Remote Sensing Achievement Exhibition reported that the plan view of the park looks like a seated man. Since then, it has been nicknamed “Jingshan Seated.” Jingshan Hill, a simple mound named Qingshan hill in the Yuan Dynasty, sits right across from the south gate of the Forbidden City. In 1416 when Ming Emperor Yongle built the Forbidden City, he ordered bricks of old city walls and mud from the city moat to be carried to Qingshan Hill, and it was renamed Wansui Hill (Imperial Longevity). Because it was also intended suppress the royalty of the former dynasties, it was known as Zhenshan Hill (Suppress). In the Qing Dynasty, royals stored coal and wood for heating in this area, earning the hill the nickname “Coal Hill.” In 1655 under Emperor Shunzhi’s rule, the name was given its final name: Jingshan Hill (Prospect).

The secret of the plan view was discovered by Kui Zhongyu, a famous geographer. When he was developing the film of the plan view photograph, Kui was shocked to notice that the Park looked like a man sitting cross-legged. The Shouhuang Chamber building group is the head of the man—the major hall and gate are his eyes, nose and mouth. The eyebrows are the trees in the yard. The triangular grove on each end of the yard resembles a beard. The frame of the photo is made up of the walls of the park covering 0.23 km2. If this truly is a portrait, it is unquestionably the largest in the world, painted only with buildings and streets.

Guangji Temple (Guangjisi)

On August 15, 2011, in Beijing, More Places of Interest, Temples, by Jack Li

The primary name of the Guanji Temple is Xiliucun Temple. It started to be built during the last years of the Song Dynasty(960—1279). The name of the temple was changed to Baoenhongji Temple in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). In the last years of the Yuan Dynasty, the temple was destroyed by a lot of battles. […]

The primary name of the Guanji Temple is Xiliucun Temple. It started to be built during the last years of the Song Dynasty(960—1279). The name of the temple was changed to Baoenhongji Temple in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). In the last years of the Yuan Dynasty, the temple was destroyed by a lot of battles. It was not until the years of the Jiangtai Era (1450-1456)  in the Ming Dynasty that the villagers excavated pottery Buddha statues, stone turtles, and stone pillars and figured out that there used to be a temple. During the first years of Tianshun Era (1457-1464), Monks called Huipu, Yuanhong and other monks came here and travelled. They raised funds to rebuild a temple on the destructed field. It only took two years to accomplish the basic construction under the sponsorship of Liao Ping, who was a director of the imperial administration. Liao Ping then told the Emperor Xianzong about this. The emperor renamed the temple ‘Hongci Guangji Temple’ in the second year during the Chenghua Era (1466). After that, the monks in the temple carried on completing the architecture until the 20th year during the Chenghua Era (1484). The buildings of the temples are spectacular and magnificent, for example Mountainous Gate, Tianwang Pavilion, Daxiong Palace, Zhonggu Tower and so on.

In the first few years of the Qing Dynasty(1636-1911), a Taoist priest Master Hengming transfered the temple into a Taoist rite for the dead.  Since the 5th year during the Shunzhi Era (1648), Master Yuguang had been invited to preach the Taoist beliefs in the Guangji Temple for 13 years. The Emporer Shizu in the Qing Dynasty (1636-1911) came to the temple. The Qing administration paid close attention to the temple and repaired it many times. During the last few years of the Qing Dynasty, Monk Daojie was the head of the temple. He established a Buddhist Institute where over a hundred monks studied. At that time, there were several well-known smaller temples attached to the Guangji Temple such as Binglin Temple to the west of Beihai, Lianhua Temple at Deshengmennei, Guanghua Temple near Houhai, Mile Temple at Xizhimennei, Longquan Temple at Longxugou and so on.

Guangji Temple attractions

Daxiong Palace

Daxiong Palace is the largest palace in Guangji Temple. Daxiong is the literal name of Buddhists, it means great hero. Buddha is wise and he can beat demons and people called him Daxiong. The emperor ordered people to build the temple, so it has yellow glazed glass windows. The palace ridge has sweet water. The ridge’s shape looks like a hill and is composed of water and lotus. The real meaning of the ridge shape is “fan.” It means the world is eternal and will neither live or die. The palace ridge is the only one in Beijing. The 3rd Buddha worshiped in the Daxiong Palace. In the west is last Kasyapa Buddha, in the middle is the Sakyamuni Buddha at present and in the east is the Maitreya Buddha in the future. This kind of worship is totally different from the worship of Amitabha in the western world, because in the eastern world they worship Sakyamuni Buddha and Senior Pharmacist.

Tianwang Palace

When worshiping in Guangji Temple you will see the Tianwang Palace at first sight. The palace has four statues of Tianwang and they are made of Tang sancai ceramics from the Ming Dynasty. They symbolize “favorable weather.” In the middle of the palace is the copper statue of Maitreya. In a legend, the Budai monk is the representative of Maireya. In this temple there is a statue of Maireya however in other temples a Budai monk figure is used instead. Maireya is a cheerful and generous person. But the copper statue of Maitreya is different from the Budai monk in other temples. It is the real Maireya statue in Tianwang Palace.

How to Get to Guangji Temple

By bus: No.13, No.823, get off at Xisi Lukou Xi station.

By subway: line 4 and get off at Xisi station.

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Phoenix Ridge

On August 15, 2011, in Beijing, Caves & Canyons, More Places of Interest, by Jack Li

Phoenix Ridge (simplified Chinese: 凤凰岭; traditional Chinese: 鳳凰嶺; pinyin:fèng huáng lǐng; literally “phoenix ridge”) Beijing Phoenix Ridge is a national AAscenic spots. It is located in Haidian Xishan farm. It is about 30km from the center of the city. Drive along the Badaling highway to reach it. It is a new scenic spot and tourist […]

Phoenix Ridge (simplified Chinese: 凤凰岭; traditional Chinese: 鳳凰嶺; pinyin:fèng huáng lǐng; literally “phoenix ridge”) Beijing Phoenix Ridge is a national AAscenic spots. It is located in Haidian Xishan farm. It is about 30km from the center of the city. Drive along the Badaling highway to reach it. It is a new scenic spot and tourist resort in Xiaoxi Mountain. The cultural landscape is rich and colorful here. There are sites and relics of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and of ancient health culture. The rich cultural heritage and the beautiful scenery composed the south, middle and north three lines and more than fourth scenic spot. Gucha Longquan Temple is at the center of the middle line, you can see the ancient east health culture practice field and the beautiful booth in a legend and the largest lettering–”Phoenix Ridge” on the cliff. The Huangjin House (holy water house) is the center of the south line, and Huangjin House is one of the eight water houses of western Beijing in the Jingzhang Zong period. The south line has the largest stone tower called the Diamond Town and the most ancient Buddhism statue called the Stone Buddhism Statue in North Wei. Also you can see the Lv Zu ancient cave and the ancient Sweet road (the ancient North Road) sites. The north line is famous for peculiar peaks, rare stones, clear water and mysterious caves. There is a high ladder up the mountain and a deep and mysterious orangutan cave, also there are the famous “God Spring” and “straight waterfall” and so on.

People call the scenic spot “small Huang Mountain in west Beijing.” The peculiar peaks, strange stones, forests and spring are natural landscape there. The peculiar peaks have different styles. Shennv Peak and Liger Mountain are spectacular. The strange stones are in different shapes and some look like rabbits while others look like monkeys, also some look like lovers whispering to each other. The forests have many tall and ancient trees including Pine trees, Cedar and Ginkgo trees. Also there are Peach trees, Apricot trees and Apple trees. You can not only go sightseeing but also pick your own fruits. The “God Spring” is the spring known for its rich elements, and is tasty and refreshing. This scenic spot has flowers in three seasons and the whole year has beautiful scenery. There are peaches and apricots and the warm sunshine in spring. The waterfall in hot summer makes people feel cool and the fragrance of fruits makes the air fresh. You will see the red leaves in autumn and in winter you will see the snow scenery and it looks like white jade. All in all, Phoenix Ridge is a scenic resort which is great to visit in the spring, feel cool in summer, taste fruits in autumn and view the snow scenery in winter.

Phoenix Story:

Xuanyuan Cave:

Xuanyuan Cave is also called “the Eight Immortals cave.”  In the southeast of the cave door, there is granite that looks like the bottom of a pot and the door was carved in it. There used to be a house in the entrance of the cave but the house has collapsed. When entering the cave you will see three immortal statues, that are all 50 centimeters high. They have big ears and they are smiling and sitting cross-legged. They all have various gestures with their hands. Three female immortals are next to the left wall while two male immortals stand by the right wall. The male immortals’ hands are perpendicular to the pubic region and the female immortals put their palms together like they are praying. The rain flows into the cave and when it flows out it forms into strange shapes. When the rain flows into the cave it purifies the air. In the past the cave was used to pursue freedom by ancient people. The cave seems like the product of Liao, from the Jin period of time, from the structure and it reflects the health and breathing technique of the culture.

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