Hongluo Temple

Hongluo Temple was built during the Eastern Jin Dynasty and is the largest Buddhist garden in northern China. It has been a holy place for worshipping Buddha in Beijing since ancient times. There are towering ancient trees in the temple. “Seeing flowers in spring, avoiding the heat in summer, viewing red leaves in autumn, and admiring three friends in winter” are the characteristics of Hongluo Temple.

Hongluo Temple is divided into two parts, one is the main temple area of Hongluo Temple and the Five Hundred Arhats near the main hall, and the other is the Guanyin Temple on the top of the mountain. It is said that Guanyin Temple is extremely effective. There are incense sticks for worshipping Buddha in the whole temple. There is no requirement for the incense money, it all depends on the tourists.

The main temple area and the Five Hundred Arhats Forest are not big, with a circumference of several hundred meters, and it takes only one hour to walk around. In addition to worshiping Buddha, visiting the main temple area is mainly to admire the large number of plants in Hongluo Temple.

After visiting the temple, you can climb back to the mountain along the mountain path. There are about a thousand steps. Generally, it takes more than two hours to reach the Guanyin Temple on the top of the mountain. Every time you walk along the road, a different-looking Guanyin Bodhisattva appears in front of you, which is very interesting. The Guanyin Temple on the top of the mountain is said to be very spiritual, and many people come here to worship. Looking down the bottom of the mountain from the top of the mountain, you will feel that the mountains are stacked in the distance, and towns and other places are in sight, which is very open. If you don’t have enough physical strength, you can also take the scenic slide up and down the mountain. The slide is about 800 meters to the Guanyin Temple on the top of the mountain.

When you feel a little impetuous, Hongluo Temple becomes the first choice to relax. Come here to climb the mountain and pray for blessings, which can always make people quiet and peaceful. After reaching the top of the mountain and worshiping the Bodhisattva, take another mountain road down the mountain, with the beautiful scenery and a panoramic view. You can reach the Zodiac Garden all the way down the mountain, you can worship Amitabha, you can rest in the pavilion, you can see a group of cute turtles, and feel the fragrance of flowers, and get close to nature. This is a place that is very worth visiting often.

Beijing WTown

Beijing WTown is located on the northeast side of Miyun County, Beijing, about 140 kilometers by car from the center of Beijing. It is an ancient town scenic area which is rebuilt on the basis of the original ancient village. The town is built along the water. Many Ming and Qing dynasties and the Republic of China style mountain courtyards are preserved and built on the streets, which is full of the majestic style of the ancient towns in the north. At the same time, many areas with the characteristics of southern water towns are also built. The environment is simple and elegant.

There are also many unique shops in the town. It is very convenient to eat, live, and shop. You can come to stroll for photography and shopping. It is a good choice for leisure and vacation in the suburbs of Beijing.

Relying on the historical culture left by Simatai, Beijing WTown has conducted in-depth excavation, and has planned a 9-square-kilometer resort as the “six districts and three valleys”. Beijing WTown is a comprehensive characteristic leisure international tourism and vacation destination that combines sightseeing, leisure vacation, business exhibition, creative culture and other tourism formats, with first-class services and facilities, high participation and high experience.

In the resort of the Beijing WTown, there are Ming and Qing and Republican style mountainous courtyard buildings, including 4 boutique hotels, 5 theme hotels, 23 homestay inns, with a total of 1378 rooms, more than 10 cultural exhibition experience areas, featured shops and restaurants and complete supporting service facilities. The night view of Beijing WTown is a must-see in Beijing. This small town built on the basis of the northern water culture and it is becoming a new fashion landmark for Beijing night tour, attracting more and more young people and international tourists to come to enjoy vacation and leisure here. This is also a paradise for photographer and food lovers.

Located in Gubeikou Town, Miyun District, Beijing, Beijing WTown is backed by the Simatai Great Wall and sits on the Yuanyang Lake Reservoir. It is a rare tourist resort combining mountain and water in the suburbs of Beijing. The night view is stunning, just don’t miss it when you are travelling in Beijing.

Jingshan Park

Located on the central axis of Beijing City, Jingshan Park is a royal garden in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The middle peak in the park used to be the commanding height of the old Beijing City. The pavilion on the middle peak is called “Wanchun Pavilion”. It is a must-visit place for tourists to come to Jingshan Park. There, you can overlook the entire Beijing downtown area and the Forbidden City. It is also a great place for panoramic view of the Forbidden City.

Jingshan Park has three gates: east, west and south gate. Most tourists enter through the south gate. The area of the park is not large, and there are many scenic spots. From the foot of the mountain to the top of the mountain, it usually takes 15-20 minutes.

Looking at Wanchun Pavilion, you can see the panoramic view of the Forbidden City to the south, the bell-drum tower on the central axis to the north, the white pagoda of the Beihai Park to the west, the Zhongnanhai to the southeast. Of course, this is under the premise of no smog in Beijing. In front of Wanchun Pavilion, there is also the sign of “Beijing City Center”, which is the center point of Beijing City.

Jingshan Park is also a leisure place for Beijing citizens to sing and dance. You can see many folk choirs singing revolutionary songs and folk songs here. When the weather is good, some locals like to go directly to the top of the park after work to enjoy and photograph the sunset.

There are tens of thousands of peony and other flowers in the park, and there are flower exhibitions in spring, summer and autumn. In addition, there is a shooting service point in the park, where you can put on Qing Dynasty costumes to take pictures of emperors or grids, at an additional cost.

Special Note:

Wanchun Pavilion is the best place to overlook and shoot panoramas. When the weather is good, there will be many people especially at sunrise and sunset time. If you want to find a good angle to shoot, you should go there early.

Birds Nest

Let’s talk about admission of the Birds Nest first. When there are no performances, no games, the Birds Nest will only open a few doors. And you can get off at the Olympic Sports Center on the 8th line or at the Olympic Park or Beitucheng, which is a kilometer trip or so. You can find a place to buy a ticket by walking around the Birds Nest. The cheapest ticket of the Birds Nest is 80 Yuan (it looks like that you can’t visit the fifth floor). For the ticket of 120 Yuan (you can visit the fifth floor and the sixth floor, the second floor and the first floor). The fifth floor shows some of the costumes that were performed at the time, and the exhibited some historical items. When you get in the first floor, it was the athlete’s passage at that time, and there were some video recordings of the games that could be viewed directly. For visiting the air corridor, you need to buy tickets separately. If you like the Olympics or sports, the fare is OK. Tickets for other attractions in Beijing are cheaper. The fifth floor is closed at around 17:00 pm, so it is best to go there early.

It is also a must-go place when you come to Beijing. For the National Stadium, you can watch the night scene at night, which features different beauty, and the time and travel are also appropriate. Taking bus is very convenient, whether visiting from north to south or from south to north, it is very reasonable.

The Birds Nest is beautiful, and the building is very special. There are many tourists and the photos are beautiful. Some people feel that there is no need to buy tickets to enter the venue, and it is good to take pictures outside. The transportation is very convenient as it is the subway at the exit. Here you can experience the feeling of welcome to the Olympics Beijing, and you can come with your family and children!

It’s really spectacular to see the lights in the evening of the Birds Nest. It’s really too big to imagine. There are too many brilliant buildings around the birds nest, and you will feel that you are very small. You can still see a lot of scenery during the day.

Simatai Great Wall

The wall of the Simatai Great Wall is built on the precipitous mountain and is known as being “risk and odd”. Located in the north of Simatai Village, Gubeikou Town, Miyun District, Beijing, close to Gubei Water Town, Simatai Great Wall was built in Ming Dynasty.

Luo Zhewen, a famous ancient Chinese architect, once commented that “The Great Wall of China is the best in the world. The Great Wall of Simatai is the best of the Great Wall of China! It retains the old and damaged appearance, and it keeps fresh and complete. Looking around the Simatai Great Wall, you will find that there is no new building, but the vastness of the mountains, and the Simatai Great Wall drags the remnant body, as if walking from the historical clouds, but can give people a true sense of history.

It is a more distinctive ancient Great Wall, although some of the Simatai Great Wall sections have suffered damage, it made people more able to see the vicissitudes of the ancient Great Wall, and the scene of fire and wolf smoke seems to be in front of you. For entering the Simatai Great Wall, it needs enter from the east entrance of Gubei Water Town, and the ticket for the off-season is 40 yuan. You can climb on foot after you have entered, or you can choose to take the cable car. Simatai Great Wall is the only Great Wall to open the night scene. But to see the night scene, you need to buy another night view ticket, and you can’t climb on foot. You can only take the cable car. The night view includes only the scope of two beacons. It is relatively small and is not recommended.

Simatai Great Wall is located in Miyun County, Beijing, and is now connected with the Gubei Water Town Scenic Area. This section of the Great Wall belongs to the Ming Great Wall. It is one of the well-preserved Great Walls in China and is listed as a national key cultural relics protection unit.

The Simatai Great Wall is majestic and precipitous. It is worth mentioning that the when the lights are open at the beginning of the night, and the town and the night lights of the Great Wall are really in perfect harmony.

Jinshanling Great Wall

The Jinshanling Great Wall is definitely a section of the Ming Great Wall that is worth visiting. The Great Wall, located at the junction of Beijing and Hebei, belongs to Chengde City. The scenic area is very large, and there are battery cars, cable cars for you to choose from according to your physical strength and your own needs, but they are not included in the tickets. The wall is very long, it takes nearly three hours to finish climbing there, and the essence of the Great Wall is between the five-eye building.

If you go to Jinshanling in June, this season should not be the season to view the most beautiful Jinshanling Great Wall, but the ancient and natural posture of the ancient Great Wall gives people a feeling of heavy vicissitudes! Not quite the same as the Badaling Great Wall, the broken wall and the mottled wall are the best historical relics of the Ming Great Wall, and they also have a sense of history. Standing at the highest point, looking up the twisting and magnificent Jinshanling Great Wall, it is amazing! You will feel the industrious wisdom of the ancient Chinese nation. The vegetation coverage is very high here, and there are pleasant birds sounds along the way. And the floral fragrance is fascinating. Most of the tourists are foreigners on foot, and some are old people, some are young tourists. The parking lot is very large and the public facilities are complete. The commercial atmosphere of the scenic spot is not very strong, and it is still under development and construction. It is estimated that after many years, visitors will be more and more crowded in the Jinshanling Great Wall. It is still free to play there now and it is very recommendable to make a trip to Jinshanling Great Wall.

This was the Great Wall that was built in the Ming Dynasty and it is the essence of the Great Wall. There are many inns at the foot of the Jinshanling Great Wall. You can go to the view the sunrise early, and some people bring tents to camp at the Great Wall, as they think that the scenery here is as beautiful as that of the Badaling Great Wall.

Mutinyu Great Wall

After arriving at Mutianyu Great Wall, you first need to take a shuttle bus (15 yuan for two way) to reach the Great Wall ticketing outlet. Mutianyu Great Wall tickets are 45 yuan per person. At the same time, it is recommended to choose a two-way cable car or take the ropeways up the mountain. Because if you choose to walk up the mountain, you have to walk around 700 steps, which is equivalent to climbing 50 floors. After boarding the Mutianyu Great Wall, you are exhausted, and basically have no strength to reach the No. 20 beacon tower at the highest point of the Great Wall in Mutianyu. Therefore, taking a cable car or ropeways is an important tool to help you achieve your desire to climb the Mutianyu Great Wall. Cable cars and ropeways are optional according to your wishes, and it is highly recommended taking the cable cars for the following reasons:

No. 1: High security. No.2: The angle is high and you can take a bird’s eye view of the Mutianyu Great Wall. No. 3: you will arrive at the 14th beacon, which is the nearest to the beacon on the highest point: 20th beacon.

The No. 20 beacon tower of the Mutianyu Great Wall is the highest point of the entire Mutianyu Great Wall scenic spot, but it is not the highest point of the Great Wall. Because when you pass the No. 20 beacon tower, you will arrive at the “unrepaired ancient Great Wall”. The scenic area has a wall here and does not let the tourists pass. But because the wall is not high, there are still many tourists who are willing to continue exploring.

Therefore, if your physical strength is ok, then go through this wall and go to the No. 23 beacon tower. Between the No. 21 beacon tower and the No. 22 beacon tower, the slope will slowly slow down, and you will begin to touch the “Great Wall of History”, as the old bricks of the remains are showing a historical vicissitudes.

Hutong Alleyways

Hutong is an ancient urban alley unique to Beijing. Therefore, some people call Beijing’s ancient capital culture as “hutong culture” or “four courtyard culture”. People in Beijing are often not interested in the tall buildings, but the small alleys with twists and turns, and those warm and beautiful courtyards. The old Beijing Hutong Tour includes the oldest Beijing-style hutongs such as Wudaoying, Nanluoguxiang, Guozijian, and Yandai Xiejie, which are worth a visit. Sitting on the original human rickshaw, or riding a bicycle in the alley to experience the most authentic old Beijing Hutong culture, it is an interesting thing.

Time reference for visiting: 1-3 hours

Transportation: take the subway Line 2, get off at Andingmen Station, and walk about 700 meters.

Tickets: Ordinary ticket: 45 RMB from Monday-Sunday during January 1st to December 31st, including three activities: the first is to visit the studio of the famous calligrapher WeiXinMin, and the second is to take a few minutes’ rickshaw to experience to the old Beijing Hutong, and the third is to watch the acrobatics of the old Beijing church.

Opening time: all the day

The Beijing Hutongs are common alley with no commercial atmosphere and people still live there. There will be clothes hanging outside the gate, and there is only one public toilet on the street, and the messy wires are wrapped around the ordinary alley under the eaves. Such an alley is not very gorgeous, but more real. After the so-called Imperial City roots culture has been removed, and the hutong exists only as a residence. This kind of hutong is more approachable.

Yangmeizhu Xiejie is an alley connecting Dashanlan and Liulichang East Street. It shoulders the most prosperous place in old Beijing. It has attracted many intellectuals and is also a famous place in the Republic of China. In front of the Shichahai, the north-south is an east-west hutong. The houses on both sides of the hutong are relatively neat. If you choose a rickshaw to travel the hutong, then this is the place where the “hutong tour” must pass.

Tiananmen Square

There are many people in Tiananmen Square at four o’clock in the morning. The purpose is to wait for the flag-raising ceremony. And you can look at the night scene of Tiananmen Square.

Sitting and chatting in the square, watching the crowds coming and leaving, feeling the solemnity of the Monument to the People’s Heroes, the grandeur of Tiananmen Square, the dignity of Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, the mystery of the Great Hall of the People, the vastness of the National Museum, you will think that it is a very serious journey. Although you may not enter all the scenic spots on the same day, looking around in Tiananmen Square, your mood is still quite complicated to feel every important building.

If you have a visit there in summer day, the time for the sunset is 19:44 o’clock, 5-8 minutes before it, the people in the square will begin to stir up, because the Tiananmen Gate has been opened, and the soldiers of the National Flag Guard have come neatly. It is not sure whether the guards of the three armies are the guards of the three-armed forces that are often seen on television, the feeling on the spot is quite majestic. The flag represents the national identity, it is really different. Every day when the sunrise rises and the sunset falls, the flag rises and falls along with it.

The time to raise the national flag is the time to watch the sunrise. The time of the next sunrise is at about 4:40 o’clock in the morning. It is heard that you have to go at least one hour in advance to get a good position. So, if you want to see it, remember to check the sunrise time in advance and arrive early. After the flag-raising ceremony, the management of the square will begin to clear the field and you could not stay for one more minute.

Temple of Heaven

The square layout of the Temple of Heaven is completely without a reason to get lost when you are visiting there. Whether you enter from the north gate or the south gate, it is generally not to go back and just go out from another gate, which is also more time-saving. The route is also very clear, because the Temple of Heaven is completely laid out according to the central axis. The main attractions are the Hall of Prayer, Imperial Heavenly Vault, Echo Wall and Circular Mound Altar.

If you don’t know that the role of the Temple of Heaven is for sacrifice, you will feel that the building of the Hall of Prayer is very beautiful. After knowing the history and architectural structure of the Temple of Heaven, after a few visits to the Temple of Heaven, you will feel that this landscape is really beautiful. The temple of heaven has more impact on the hearts of many people than the Summer Palace. You will feel that the building is really beautiful. Although there is no accumulation of knowledge, it is simply like it. After knowing its history, you will feel it more charming.

In fact, no matter what the season is, the Temple of Heaven is quite lively, especially the Hall of Prayer has so many visitors there.

Tickets are divided into gate tickets and attraction tickets. The scenic spots include the Hall of Prayer, the Echo Wall, and Circular Mound Altar on the middle axis. And they are the essence of the Temple of Heaven Park. At first it felt like a ceremonial tower. At the scene, the Beijing Red color together with the Aristocratic Blue and Emperor yellow color collocation of the building is truly sacred in the sun. The Temple of Heaven ticket price is 15 Yuan, the joint ticket is 34 Yuan, and the joint ticket is stopped for sale at 16:30 in the afternoon. If you don’t catch up, you can’t enter the scenic spot. You can only look at it from a far distance.

When there are already many tourists, if you want to take good pictures of the Prayer Hall, you need to raise the angle a bit, so that the camera just cuts out some people below, so that the photos don’t look messy.

The vast majority of tourists stay at the front of the Hall of Prayer and the top of the steps, so you can walk to the back side and wait for the nearby pedestrians to walk away to take an empty scene of the Temple of Heaven.