Mountain climbing is a wonderful way to relax and experience the beauty of nature just outside Beijing. The city is surrounded on the west side by mountains, in beautiful contrast with the city any time of the year. In the spring and summer they are green and alive with new growth. Bring a bottle of water, appropriate clothing, and sports shoes. Relax yourself in the freshness of nature.

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In Lujing Village, Changxindian Town, Fengtai District lies the Ying Mountain National Forest Park. At a distance of 15 kilometers (9.3 miles), it is the nearest forest park from Beijing City. The park has a varied terrain with mountain areas, slopes, valleys and peaks. Relying on such an advantageous location, the park is the first orienteering area in Beijing and enjoys wide popularity.

Covering a vast area, the appealing place has hundreds of thousands of plants. In spring, the park welcomes tourists with its fresh green leaves and bright flowers. In summer, the multi-level woods offer a natural summer resort. If one wants to appreciate the fascinating red leaves in autumn, this enchanting park does not pale in comparison with the famous Fragrant Hills Park and the pleasant Badachu Park. In winter, it is a bewitching picture of snowy world.

Large quantities of macaques and many rare animals such as spotted deer, peacock, and guinea-fowl are kept in the forest park. Additionally, there are small animals like squirrels, hares, and pheasants, and tourists can feed them. In the park, tens of thousands of date trees were grafted on wild jujube trees for tourists to pick the fruit in autumn.

The park is the first orienteering area in Beijing. In the sport of orienteering, the participant uses a compass and an accurate map. He chooses his own course, but must visit in order every control marked on the map. The one who finishes the task in the shortest time is the winner. It is a kind of sport full of interests, competition, cooperation and communication. Tourists to this park who want to participate in orienteering should contact the park staff who will provide the map.

There are other special spots and delicious local foods, including Beijing roast duck, instant-boiled mutton, and desserts. With its fresh air, pleasant environment and improved facilities, this park should not be missed!

Tel: 8610-83870303
Fees: Entrance Charge CNY 1 
         Orienteering CNY 35 per person
Opening Hours: 07:00-19:00 (summer)
                         08:00-17:00 (winter)
Transportation: Subway Line 1 to Guchenglu, and then take bus No. 327 or 385 to Lujing, and then take a taxi to the park. 
                        Bus Route 310 or 624 to Huaishuling , and then take bus No. 327 to Lujing, and then take a taxi to the Ying Mountain National Forest Park.