Already on ArticleSlash?

Forgot your password? Sign Up

Fragrant Hills Park (Xiangshan Park

 


Visitors: 133

fragrant-hillsSituated in the east part of western hills, 28 kilometers (17 miles) northwest of the Beijing City, Fragrant Hills Park is a large park of hills and forest covering 160 hectares (395.4 acres). Both its natural sceneries and cultural relics are abundant. Xianglu Peak (Incense Burner Peak), 557 meters (1827.4 feet) high, is its highest peak.

The park was first built in 1186 in the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234) and later extended to a large scale in the Yuan and Ming dynasties. In 1745, Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799) ordered the addition of many new halls, pavilions and gardens and gave it a new name, Jingyi Garden (Garden of Tranquility and Pleasure). Unfortunately, in 1860 and 1900 after the Summer Palace and the Yuanming Yuan (the Old Summer Palace) were set on fire, lots of relics in the Fragrant Hills were damaged by foreign troops. Since 1949, with a half-century's restoration and development by Chinese government, Fragrant Hills Park has been recognized as one of the ten most famous parks in Beijing.

The most spectacular natural scenery in the Fragrant Hills Park is the red smoke tree leaves over the mountains. When autumn arrives, fiery red leaves blanket the entire mountain. Every year, thousands of tourists come to the park. The cable cars are a great way to take in the beautiful scenes.

Visitors may take two main routes to explore the park. The first one is to go along the north route, where visitors will see Spectacles Lake (Yanjing Lake), Study of Reading Heart (Jianxin Zhai), Bright Temple (Zhao Miao), etc. Spectacles Lake is a lake divided half by a bridge. Study of Reading Heart was built in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and was noted as the park inside Fragrant Hills Park. Bright Temple is a large Tibetan style lamasery complex built in 1780 as the residence for the sixth Panchen Lama during his visits to Emperor Qianlong. Buildings in the complex have partially been burned down. Among the surviving treasures are a majestic glazed-tiled archway in front of the complex, a Tibetan style terrace and a glazed-tiled pagoda. Bells hung on the eaves of the pagoda chime in breeze.

Beijing travel and Beijing tour to Fragrant Hills Park.

Another route leads to the south area of the park. Main attractions along the route include Tranqulity Green Lake (Jingcui Lake), Shuangqing Villa, Fragrant Temple, Incense Burner Peak, etc. This route is a little hard for the highest peak, Incense Burner Peak. However it is worthwhile to try. One of the ‘must see’ points of interest is the Shuangqing Villa, which is attractive not for its natural beauty but more for its place in Chinese history - it was once the residence of Chairman Mao Zedong as well as an early sight for the headquarters of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party.

(500)
Tags:
fragrant hills park xiangshan park

Article Source:


 
Rate this Article: 
 
Hospitality in the Park
Rated 4 / 5
based on 5 votes
ArticleSlash

Related Articles:

Golden Gate Park – Urban Park in San Francisco.

by: Tanmay Sharma (March 10, 2011) 
(Travel and Leisure/Destination Tips)

Dubai Wonder Park - The Fun Filled Family Park

by: Sophia K (August 13, 2007) 
(Travel and Leisure/Outdoors)

Green Lake Park (Cuihu Park)

by: Chris Woo (October 21, 2010) 
(Travel and Leisure/Destination Tips)

Daguan Park (Grand View Park)

by: Chris Woo (October 20, 2010) 
(Travel and Leisure/Destination Tips)

Grand Canyon National Park Choppers Are The Best National Park Thrill Trip

by: Justine Moriarity (October 07, 2015) 
(Travel and Leisure/Destination Tips)

What is Involved in Selecting a Water Park, Spray Park Or Water Playground?

by: Rob X Edwards (June 18, 2008) 
(Home Improvement/Swimming Pools Spas)

Airfare to Winter Park, CO - Book Flights to Winter Park, CO - Car Rentals

by: Brandon Quinn (December 16, 2007) 
(Travel and Leisure/Airline Travel)

Kenya Amboseli Safari Park: Kenya Elephant Animal Amboseli Park

by: Robert Muhoho (March 25, 2007) 
(Travel and Leisure)

Andre Buckland Park Rochester Andre Alves Rochester NY Town of Brighton NY ..

by: Andre Alves (December 14, 2011) 
(Health and Fitness/Detoxification)

Hospitality in the Park

by: Suzanne Merrill (August 27, 2008) 
(Food and Drink/Recipes)