The Shangfang Mountain is located in Fangshan District in the southwestern suburbs. It has 9 caves, 12 peaks, and 72 temples and nunneries. In 1992, it was made a national forest park and became a holiday resort with beautiful landscapes, ancient trees, wild flowers, maple leaves, and pleasant climate.
Covering an area of 3.293 million square meters, Shangfang Mountain is an offshoot of the Yanshan Mountains. The main peak is 860 meters above sea level. It has a unique geological environment and climate, with 95 per cent of its slopes covered by plants and trees. Among its 12 peaks, the Heavenly Pillar in the center of the mountain is the most outstanding. It is the best place to watch the sunrise.
Address: Hancunhe Town, Fangshan District;
Entry ticket: 40 yuan;
Opening hours: 8:00-20:00
Transportation: Take Tour Train No.7 at the Beijing South Station and get off at the Gushankou station;
(China.org.cn May 17,2008)