The Beijing Fenghuangling (Phoenix Mountain)
Nature Park is in the jurisdiction of the town of Sujiatuo
in the northwest part of Beijing's Haidian District. It is
51 kilometers from the Tian'anmen Square and 23 kilometers
from the Summer Palace.
The park covers 10.62 square kilometers
of land.The park boasts of a well-conserved ecological environment:
green hills, clear water, blue sky, white clouds, rolling
ridges, thick forests, winding trails, exotic flowers and
rare trees. Being windward to the city of Beijing, it is regarded
as a green lung for the capital city. While water in the park
is superb in quality, air is fresh, being five times purer
and containing 150-fold more anions than in the downtown area.
In summer, the mean temperature is 2-3 degrees lower than
in the urban area and the relative air humidity is 65 percent.
Famed as the "little Huangshan Mountain west to Beijing",
the park has grotesque peaks, queer rocks, vast forests and
mysterious springs. Among the grotesque peaks of diverse shapes
are the soul-stirring Shennu Peak and the majestic Lion Hill.
The queer rocks resemble the moon in the sky, or the stone
monkey playing with the heaven, or the privately chatting
sweethearts, or the footprint of the immortal. The vast forests
boast of towering ancient pines and ginkgos as well as peach
gardens, apricot gardens and apple gardens. The springs contain
rich minerals and taste sweet, being famous far and wide.
The park has flowers in three seasons and presents magnificent
views all the year round. It is an ideal place for spring
outing, summer escape, autumn fruit tasting and winter snow
The park also has colorful cultural sites.
There are numerous ruins and sites of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism,
other religions, and the ancient oriental culture of health
preservation. These cultural sites mix well with scenic spots,
and they jointly form over 40 attractions along the north,
central and south routes in the park. In particular, the following
four places are the "best in Beijing". Along the
south route, the Jingangshi Pagoda built on top of a huge
rock is the most miraculous of its kind in Beijing and the
stone Buddha of the Northern Wei Dynasty is the oldest stand-alone
statue in Beijing. Along the central route, the ancient ground
of health preservation is the largest and best-conserved of
its kind in Beijing and the cliff-engraved characters "Fenghuang
Mountain" is also the largest carved on cliff surface
Cloud Taoist Temple
Center "Water Cube"
Stadium "Bird's Nest"