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Fall scenery in Beijing’s Western Hills National Forest Park

By Guan Weiwei

October 31

Want to stay away from the crowd during the fall? Here’s a good choice: the Western Hills National Forest Park. Completed in 1992, the park sits only 20km from downtown Beijing, and it has so much to offer.

Want to stay away from the crowd during the fall? Here’s a good choice: the Western Hills National Forest Park. Completed in 1992, the park sits only 20km from downtown Beijing, and it has so much to offer.

Want to stay away from the crowd during the fall? Here’s a good choice: the Western Hills National Forest Park. Completed in 1992, the park sits only 20km from downtown Beijing, and it has so much to offer.

The park welcomes visitors from around the world. [Image Credit: China.org.cn/ Guan Weiwei]
The park welcomes visitors from around the world. [Image Credit: China.org.cn/ Guan Weiwei]
The park welcomes visitors from around the world. [Image Credit: China.org.cn/ Guan Weiwei]
As an extension of the Taihang Mountains, the park is covered largely with a forest of broad-leaved trees and its main peak, Guixiaoshi, rises up about 500 meters and sits to the south of the Fragrant Hills. There are more than 1,000 ancient pines in the park, with the oldest dating back to over 500 years ago.

Autumn leaves bring color to the mountains of the Beijing Western Hills National Forest Park. [Image Credit: China.org.cn/ Guan Weiwei]
Autumn leaves bring color to the mountains of the Beijing Western Hills National Forest Park. [Image Credit: China.org.cn/ Guan Weiwei]
The park is an ideal hiking destination, with the delicate beauty of peach blossoms in spring and the flaming red leaves of the fall. “Turn left after you entered the park!” — Keep this in mind if you’re after an easier route up the mountain. Most importantly, you’ll be able to enjoy the varied landscapes along the way .

Autumn leaves bring color to the mountains of the Beijing Western Hills National Forest Park. [Image Credit: China.org.cn/ Guan Weiwei]
Be sure to visit Red Leaves Ridge (Hongye Ridge) where you can see an impressive view of the Banshan Pavilion. The Banshan Pavilion has a commanding view of downtown Beijing.

Standing at Red Leaves Ridge, visitors can see the Banshan Pavilion and the downtown area of Beijing. [Image Credit: China.org.cn/ Guan Weiwei]
Tips:

Take enough water and food since there are no shops in the park.

The admission fee is 10 RMB.

Take bus No.698, 505, 360 and 318 and get off at Nanhetan Station.

Opening hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. from March to October, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from November to February

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