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Xiangshan Park

Postby inbeijing » Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:02 pm

Telephone: 8610-62591155/62591264. Address: Xiangshan Lu, Haidian District; Fees: RMB 10

Xiangshan Park which is also known as the Forest Park is located on the eastern side of the Western Hills and is approximately 10 kilometers to the west of the centre of Beijing.

Due to its high elevation and dense cover of trees, spring arrives late in the area and summer days are always pleasantly cool. The best time to visit the park is in late fall when the tree leaves turn red making a grand display. There are also groves of apricots, pears, peaches and lilacs adding fragrance to the air and solemn evergreens whose contribution to the local beauty is unrestricted by seasonal changes.

In 1186 of the Jin Dynasty, the Xiangshan Temple was built here and for a period it served as the emperor's traveling lodge. In 1745, Emperor Qianlong had a number of large halls, pagodas, memorial archways and leisure pavilions built and changed the name of the area to the Garden of Peacefulness (Jingyiyuan). This complex served the famous Qing ruler as one of his summer palaces and became one of the three favorite hills of Qianlong along with Jade Spring Mountain (Yuquanshan) and Longevity Hill (Wanshoushan) in the Summer Palace area.

Bus: 360, 318, 714, 733, 737, 833 and 904
Open: 6:00--18:00

1. Na Jia Xiaoguan serves Manchu dishes in a quaint indoor courtyard setting. The Na family's signature dish is huang tanzi (a thick soup that is slow-cooked in an earthen pot at least for 18 hours long). There are seven types of soup offered which range from 38 RMB to 208 RMB per person, depending on the ingredients. The broth is made from chicken, duck, bone marrow, pork bones and ham and then mushrooms, seafood, or beef are added.

Recommended dishes: mizi supi xia (crispy shrimps in sweet sauce), diced chicken with walnuts (kongpao chicken minus the mala-chillis and Sichuan peppercorn), conghua bing, or scallion pancakes (a typical northern staple). The names of the dishes on the novel menu are carved on small sticks of wood that are placed on two wooden trays.
Address: No. 29 Xiangshanyikesong (South of Jizhuyuan Crossroad)
Telephone: 8610-82598588

2. Sculpting in Time
It is a comfortable western-style coffee shop that features a study and chat space and provides coffee, pasta dishes, pizza and desserts amid shelves of books and crafts.
Address: Xiangshan area, 50 Xiangshan Maimai Jie, Haidian District
Telephone: 8610-8259 8296

3. Xibei Youmian Cun is a hybrid of Mongolian and Shanxi fare. The signature dish is youmian wowo (steamed oatmeal noodles) served with mushroom (sushijun retang) or lamb broth (yangrou retang) with coriander and chili on the side. Familiar yangrou chuan'r (mutton skewers with cumin) and yogurt (suannai) with honey make excellent side dishes while the house salad (xibei da bancai) is a meal in itself and crammed with unusual ingredients such as wild greens, radish, purple cabbage, and topped with a delicious sesame dressing. The one dish you must try is zhijicao kao niupai (lotus leaf-wrapped roast beef with mountain herbs).

Address: No.88 Xiangshan South Road, Haidian District
Telephone: 8610-62597778 65297028

Qianlong's contributions to the park consisted of 28 separate vistas and each had a poetic name: Jade China Cliff, Toad Peak, Jade Milk Spring, Bell Separated from the Clouds, etc. Unfortunately, almost every trace of this carefully plannned landscape, including the blueprints, was burned or destroyed by the Anglo-French forces and the eight-Power Allied Forces in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

The most important existing sites are as follows: Jianxin Study: Built first in the Jiajing period of the Ming Dynasty, this complex of buildings stands to the west of Eyeglasses Lake. The study contains a semi-circular pond and an adjacent pavilion surrounded on three sides by covered alleries. Beyond the pavilion are a rockery hill and a grove of trees concealing a gazebo.
Zhaomiao (Luminous) Temple: Constructed in 1780 in the Qianlong period, this Lamaist temple is said to have been built especially for the Panchen Lama. In its center, a Red Terrace rises 10 meters above the ground. On its eastern side is a memorial archway of white marble and glazed tile, while on the slope to the west is a seven-story glazed pagoda with eaves hung with tiny bells which tinkle with even the slightest breeze.

The Tree-Covered Imperial Audience Tablet: Located to the southwest of the Chaoyang Caves, this group of steep cliffs with numerous trees resembles a giant hu (the rectangular tablet officials held before themselves in the presence of the emperor).

Guijianchou (Worried Ghost) Peak: This is the main peak of Xiangshan Park. Worried Ghost Peak has an elevation of 557 meters. Mist often engulfs its precipitously angled cliffs which contributes to the two large stones at the peak resembling incense burners. It is from this appearance that the name Xiangshan or "Incense Mountains" is derived. (Fragrant Hills is the mistaken name by which this area has been known for generations)
From the peak, the winding Yongding River is like a white silk belt fluttering among the western valleys. The Marco Polo Bridge on the river, Shijing Mountain, the Summer Palace and Jade Spring Mountain can all be seen from here on a clear day and one can even make out the main skyline of central Beijing.

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Re: Xiangshan Park

Postby Micro » Wed Dec 24, 2014 8:54 am

Famous place in beijing....Will go in the spring...

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