Fragrant Hills Park (East Gate 2, Beijing

4.2
#6 of 170 in Parks in Beijing
At the foot of Western Mountains rests Fragrant Hills Park (East Gate 2, an imperial garden consisting of maple, smoke, persimmon, and pine cypress trees. Built in 1186, the urban park shelters traditional architecture and many cultural relics scattered over an area of 160 hectares (395 acres). Explore the natural and historic sites--such as monasteries, pagodas, villas, lakes, and plants--by taking one of two main routes through the park. You can also go on a cable car ride to observe the spectacular panoramic scenery and fiery autumn foliage from a higher vantage point. Arrange to visit Fragrant Hills Park (East Gate 2 and other attractions in Beijing using our Beijing travel route planner .
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  • I came on a bad day and after the long walk up to the peak I just had a cloudy view. I was disappointed because it seemed 85% of the sights in the park were closed for construction. It seemed weird th...  more »
  • It's a great way to get around in the order of the glass tops and somyos. One of my favorite things was the core material. It felt like a scene from a Chinese drama.
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  • Fragrant Hills park is a must in Beijing! It's quite far from the city, however the transport is pretty straightforward, although a bit long. Once you get off the station you have to walk a bit to the main gate (and there are a few). Be prepared to walk a lot. It's not like mountains and trekking in Europe. To get to the to you'll go up thousands of stairs. You could also get a cable cart up and down. Whatever you choose, the view from the top is really nice. If the smog in Beijing is high, you won't see much of the city, though.
  • Another beautiful ancient imperial garden. I wonder about its original beauty if it was not ravaged by invaders and robbers. Same thoughts for the Summer Palace and Forbidden City etc.... Japanese ancient sites are wonderfully preserved in comparison.
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