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One-day Beijing Fragrant Hills Park Tour to See Red Leaves

Fragrant Hills Park (Xiangshan Park) was originally a royal park covered by dense woods. Every autumn, it is the most popular place in Beijing to appreciate red leaves of 140,000 trees. If you are right in the city during the time period, do not miss the chance seeing the rolling mountains covered by “huge red blanket”, which is dotted by traditional Chinese constructions. 
Best Time to See Red Leaves in Beijing Fragrant Hills Park
Every middle October to early November is the best time to watch red leaves on Fragrant Hills Park. Correspondingly, it is the busiest time of the park. If possible, you are advised to go there in weekends to avoid crowds, hence enjoy a leisurely sightseeing tour. On weekdays, you’d better get there before 09:00 or after 16:00. 
Make a Prior Reservation
All visitors need to buy the entry ticket at least one day in advance from the official WeChat account of the Fragrant Hills Park with their passport. On the day of visit, show the passport to enter. 

The admission fee is CNY 10 from April to November 15 and CNY 5 from November 16th to March. The park opens as early as 06:00 and closes at 19:30 from April to November 15th and at 19:00 from November 16th to March. 
How to Get to Fragrant Hills Park
 By subway: 
Take subway Western Suburban Line to Xiangshan, then walk eastward for about 900 meters (990 yards) to reach the east gate of the park.

 By bus: 
Take bus no. 360, 563, or 698 to reach Xiangshan Stop, then walk for a couple minutes to reach the park. 

Kind Reminder: In some years, special bus lines are operated to/from Fragrant Hills Park when the leaves turn red, usually starting from Beigongmen subway station of line 4.
Best Sites to Appreciate Red Leaves in Fragrant Hills Park
 Xianglu Peak: Offer a bird’s eye view of Fragrant Hills
 Liuqi Pavilion & Senyuhu: Immerse oneself among red leaves; wonderful sites to take charming photos
 Geyunzhong: The place to see panoramic view of southern hills at a distance
 Qingweiliao: Where one can see red leaves both closely and from a bird’s eye view
 Others: Yuhuaxiu Hall, Kanyunqi, Shuangqing Villa, Chanchu Peak, Jingcui Lake, Kanwu Cave, Heshun Gate, Xunlu Slope…
Recommended Visit Routes

 Route 1: East Gate – Jingcui Lake – Shuangqing Villa – Xiangshan Temple – Langfeng Pavilion – Heshun Gate – Yutai Gate – Xianglu Peak

Time needed: about 2 hours
Suitable for: Young and energetic visitors; mountaineers

Combining ancient constructions and beautiful scenery, this visit route was once the sightseeing route of ancient emperors. 

 Route 2: East Gate – Jingcui Lake – Yuhuaxiu Hall – Xiangwu Cave – Xianglu Peak

Time needed: about 40 minutes
Suitable for: Visitors with limited time; elders 

This route is not energy consuming, but covers one of the best sites to see red leaves in the Fragrant Hills Park, Jingcui Lake.

 Route 3: North Gate - Cable Car – Xianglu Peak

Time needed: about 1 hour
Suitable for: All visitors

It takes only 17 minutes by cable to reach the Xianglu Peak, the highest peak in the park, also one of the best sightseeing points. On the cable car, visitors can appreciate the red leaves from a bird’s eye view.

 Route 4: Circle the park by foot along the park wall 

Time needed: 2.5 hours
Suitable for: young visitors; hiking lovers

The road between Jingcui Lake and Qingweiliao Ruins has been open. Many classic photos about red leaves of Fragrant Hills Park are shoot on the way from Qingweiliao Ruins to southern wall of the park. Standing on the Qingweiliao Ruins, one can also enjoy the full view of Fragrant Hills and overlook ancient attractions like Biyun Temple and Liuli Pagoda. 
Other Places to See Autumn Scenery in Beijing

1. Mutianyu Great Wall

What to See: colorful leaves
Time: Middle October to middle November

2. Gingko Avenue Outside Diaoyutai State Guesthouse

What to See: golden gingko leaves
Time: middle October to early November

3. Yonghe Temple 

What to See: golden gingko leaves
Time: middle October to early November

4. Pofeng Ridge

What to See: red leaves
Time: October to November

5. Taoranting Park

What to See: chrysanthemums
Time: September to October 
 Recommended Guided Tours: 
    Beijing One-Day Tours from $59 per person 

 Other Independent Beijing 1-Day Tours:
    Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace: admire the elegance of ancient Chinese royal architecture
    Yunju Temple & Shidu: one day to Yunju Temple and Ten Ferries (Shidu) Scenic Area
    Cuandixia & Shuangshitou Village: visit Cuandixia Village and Shuangshitou Village in the suburb of Beijing
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