One September morning we decided to escape the grey and polluted city and picked Miao Feng Shan mountain as our destination. It houses the ancient Huiji Temple which consists of eight shrines – the most important one being the Goddess Temple.
There is a white pagoda in front of the temple, A very impressive dragon, and of course a lot of stairs to climb to the top temple. In spring/early summer one can also hike to the rose valley – we did also this but obviously there was no roses in bloom, but the surroundings were really pretty. Also, on this side of the mountain we got to enjoy blue sky and sunshine!
Temple entrance – a very impressive dragon. The square has little stone tables and stools so enjoyed a little snack here
White pagoda in front of the temple
The views are impressive, even if the day is a bit hazy
This blue warrior scared my son a lot!
Next stop – the mountain top temple. Lots of stairs!
Little covered walkway and flower garden
Up we go!
Views from the top temple
The “exercise” part is over and we are ready for a little adventure – a walk into the forest and unknown…
The rose garden, no roses this time of the year but lovely butterflies and creepy crawlers for kids to look at. If you continue down the valley the nature is lust and very pretty
Typical for temple – little wishes tied into a tree
The parking lot offers some souvenirs shopping and incense for the temples
My review of Miao Feng Shan Mountain and Temple –北京旅游网 : Good+
Location: Jiangou Village, north of Mentougou District (appr. 55km/34 miles of Beijing)
Entrance fee: 30 rmb, open 7-18 (7-17 winter time), tel. 010-61882936
” A beautiful and less crowded destination up in 1290m hign mountain top (4230 ft) in Mentougou District (the road is very bendy and ends in the temple). The temple is old and destination for pilgrims (April brings the pilgrimage events and spring has trees in pretty blooms), but not as elaborate and large area as many other temples in the region. The views from the top are breathtaking, and it’s wortd adding a little hike beyond the rose garden to the valley on the other side.
Our kids loved exploring the area, and although the hike to the top was steep, it wasn’t too long for even the 3-year-olds. Most of the temple area is beautifully restored, but some work was still under way during our visit. The restaurant seemed closed at the time, but there was a little shop selling drinks, snacks and ice creams. Once you travel this far away from the city it is a great opportunity to combine the agenda and visit some other sights on the way home. On our way back we also visited another, larger temple area called Jietai Si and nearby Tanzhe Si nearly is worth a visit, but reserve enough time for the latter as there is a lot to see.(see map link here)”