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Beijing 1-Day Tour: Fragrant Hills Park & Wofo Temple

Fragrant Hills Park
Tour Route: Fragrant Hills Park - Botanical Garden - Wofo Temple

If you happen to visit Beijing in autumn, especially from October to November, a 1-day trip to Fragrant Hills Park would be a wonderful way to round off your vacation. The park is located at the eastern part of the Western Hills, about 10 miles northwest of Beijing City. This famous royal garden is regarded as the best place for backpacking travelers to enjoy the blazing maple trees.

To get to the Fragrant Hills, you have many bus choices, such as bus 331, 360, 563, 630, 698 and 714. If you cannot find these buses nearby, you can take Beijing subway line 2, line 4 or line 13 to Xizhimen Subway Station. Get out from Exit A2 and walk westwards for 550 yards to take bus no. 563 from Xizhimen Wai Station to the East Gate of the Fragrant Hill Park directly.
Entering the park via the East Gate, you will see the Fragrant Hill Hotel on your left. Take the path and follow the signposts to Jingcui Lake, then head forward to the Shuangqing Villa where Chairman Mao lived for a while in 1949. Keep walking down the path and turn west, you will see the ruins of Fragrant Hills Temple.
Dr. Sun Yat-Sen's Memorial Hall
Following the lane to the west, you will pass Baisong Pavilion and Hongguang Temple, and finally reach the Senyu Tablets; the inscriptions were written by Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). Further up is the most famous spot, Western Hills Shimmering in Snow. Going down the hill you will pass the third and forth Yuhua Villas and reach the center of the park; Yuhua Resort. Every autumn, tens of thousands of magnificent red-leafed trees on the hillside seem to be in a blaze, which is a sight of beauty beyond comparison. Tour northwards to pass the Furong Hall and the Glazed Pagoda and you will approach Zhao Lama Temple, which was built by Emperor Qianlong in 1780 to welcome the 6th Bainqen Lama.

Now you are at the North Gate of the park, where you can take the cable car up to Xianglu Peak, also known as The Devil's Frown, or keep heading north to see Dr. Sun Yat-Sen's Memorial Hall and the Diamond Seat Pagoda. The route is clearly sign-posted. Half a day is enough to climb up the hill and enjoy the sights along the way leisurely.
Maple trees in the Fragrant Hills Park
If you still feel energetic, you are advised to further your Beijing autumn tour to the Beijing Botanical Garden, which is about 1 mile east of the Fragrant Hills Park. After you exit from the East Gate, you could trek east along the Xiangshan Road for 1,500 yards to the south Gate of the Botanical Garden. The garden has a plant exhibition area, historic and cultural sites, nature reserve, and a research zone. You can feast your eyes on various beautiful plants and wonder at nature's charms.

Wofo Temple, aka Temple of Recumbent Buddha, lies in the northeast of the Botanical Garden, and the admission fee is CNY 5. The temple houses a huge copper sleeping statue of Sakyemuni with his 12 disciples sitting around. The scene shows Sakyemuni giving his parting instructions to his followers before his nirvana.
This independent Beijing autumn tour ends here. You can take bus 331 or 563 at the Wofo Temple bus stop to leave. Alternatively, you may exit from the South Gate of the garden and walk about 200 yards southward to the Botanical Garden bus stop, where buses 360, 505, 630, 698 and 714 are available.
 Recommended Guided Tours: 
    Beijing One-Day Tours from $59 per person

 Other Independent Beijing 1-Day Tours: 
    Royal Cultural Sites: to Yonghe Lamasery, Guozijian Street, Temple of Confucius & Imperial Academy 
    Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace: feel the essence of ancient Chinese royal architecture 
    Badaling & Sacred Way: day trip to Badaling Great Wall and Sacred Way of the Ming Tombs
Questions & Answers
Asked by Oanh La from US | Oct. 17, 2019 22:58Reply
How to get to Fragrant Hill from West International Trade 16 Fengguan Rd., Fengtai District, Beijing
Please advise the transportation mean and cost from West International Trade
16 Fengguan Rd., Fengtai District, Beijing to Fragrant Hill then Botanical garden. We are 4 adults.
Asked by Joyce Hewitt from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 24, 2019 07:27Reply
I am staying at the Jiangxi Grand Hotel
What is the best way to the Fragrant Hills Park and how much is a return journey.
Answers (1)
Answered by Nikki | Apr. 26, 2019 00:32

If you would like to take the public transportation, you need to take the bus No.511 at Hengyitiao Beikou Station to Songjiazhuang Metro Station, and then transfer to Subway Line 10 (Inner Ring) to Bagou Station. Afterwards, transfer to Western Suburb Line (Fragrant Hill direction) to Fragrant Hill Station. If you choose to hail a taxi from the hotel to Fragant Hill directly, it usually cost about 130 CNY.
Asked by maja from PHILIPPINES | Apr. 02, 2019 23:12Reply
How to? How much? (bus, taxi)
How to get to botanical garden from Days Inn Forbidden City Hotel Address 1 Nanwanzi Alley Nanheyan Street, Wangfujing Street, Beijing? Please share your ideas. Thanks in advance!
Answers (1)
Answered by Gina | Apr. 03, 2019 17:41

I kindly suggest you take the subway to avoid the traffic jam. You need to walk to Tiananmen East Station of subway line 1 first, and take the subway (Pingguoyuan direction) to Gongzhufen Station. Then transfer to subway line 10 (Inner Ring) to Bagou Station and take Xijiao line (Xiangshan direction) to Botanical Garden Station. If you would like to hail a taxi, you will cost at least about CNY100.
Asked by Jean Evers from BELGIUM | Mar. 08, 2019 01:14Reply
Isn't the West suburban line going to the Botanical Garden and the Fragrant Hills park?
Answers (1)
Answered by TravelChinaGuide | Mar. 10, 2019 18:25

This one-day Beijing independent tour going through Fragrant Hills Park and Beijing Botanical Garden if you still have more energy. And if you would like to visit these sites with a private tour, please feel free to contact us. Thanks for your attention!
Asked by hayley from USA | Mar. 05, 2018 14:00Reply
This can be done in one day? What time does the park open/earliest to get there?
I am at Regent Hotel in Beijing
Answers (1)
Answered by Ken | Mar. 05, 2018 18:46

Yes. The Fragrant Hills Park can be done in one day. The park opens at 06:00 in the morning. You can have an early start if you want to visit other place as well besides the park.
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