Fall is the perfect time for a brisk country hike and Beijing is surrounded by natural reserves and mountains, and any hiker, no matter how experienced or fit, is sure to find something that fits.
Fenghuang Ling (Phoenix Mountain) Nature Park Regarded as a “green lung” for the capital, Fenghuang Ling is also known as the “little Huangshan.” The park covers 15 square kilometers and has jagged peaks, vast forests and springs. It’s an ideal place for autumn fruit tasting, and also offers sights including numerous ruins and Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian sites. RMB 25 (Apr 1-Oct 31), RMB 15 (Nov 1-Mar 31). RMB 13 (ages over 60), free (ages over 70, children under 1.2m tall). Daily 6am-6pm. Fenghuang Ling Nature Park. Inside Xishan Nongchang, 19 Fenghuang Ling Lu, Sujiatuo Zhen, Haidian District. (6245 5933/6245 9492) 凤凰岭风景区, 海淀区苏家坨镇凤凰岭路19号（西山农场内） Bus: Take Bus 346 from Summer Palace directly to Fenghuang Ling Nature Park. Approx distance: 33km
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