Miaofeng Mountain, with its towering peaks rising majestically to a height of more than 1,300 meters, is the major peak in the northern range of the Western Hills. Situated at a distance of about 70 kilometers from downtown areas, its sheer cliffs, jutting crags and tortuous mountain paths make it one of the most renowned scenic spots in northern China.
Toward the end of the Ming Dynasty, it was the custom to hold temple fairs on Miaofeng Mountain every tear during the fourth month of the lunar calendar. Nowadays, there are also thousands of people who traveled great distances to make their pilgrimage to Miaofeng Mountain.
In the Gully to the east of Miaofeng Mountain is Beijing's famous Wild Rose Valley. Each year beginning at the end of May, the slopes of this valley are festooned with countless rose blossoms, which form a forest of brilliant green leaves and braches dotted with pale and dark red roses and perfume the air with a strong lingering scent.
Address: in the north of Miaofengshan Town, Mentougou District;
Entry ticket: 30 yuan (Miaofeng Mountain); 15 yuan (students and elders)
Opening hours: 6:00 -19:00
Transportation: Take Subway to Pingguoyuan Station and Take Bus No.326, 336 to Haitan, then take coach; or take Mini-bus to the spot directly;
(China.org.cn May 17,2008)