Great wall to Chengde Palace
From building the wall to building the temples and palace,the Qing dynosty's Emporors find another way to Peace.
The Lingshan Mountain, with an elevation of over 2,300 meters (7,546 feet), is the highest mountain in Beijing and it has the reputation as 'Beijing's Mount Everest'. About 120 kilometers (75 miles) from downtown Beijing, it lies in the northwest of Mentougou District. The superb natural scenic area is renowned for its magnificent mountain peaks, a vast area of alpine meadow, and a rich resource of animals and plants. In the south the mountain faces the beautiful Baihua Mountain, and is close to the grand Longmen Gully in the east.
This area awaits you with tempting scenery of plateau and grassland. The vast alpine meadows resemble a green carpet covering the mountain top. There are 825 acres of woods and more than 800 varieties of plants. As the elevation of the mountain changes, the vegetations vary from Siberian cold area plants to warm temperature zone vegetations. Clove, azalea, wild rose, hazel and birch could be seen here. The flowers are in full bloom in June; wreath goldenrods grow luxuriantly, and wild poppy, lovely bristle grass, bright tropaeolum cover the mountain slope.
The Bashang Grassland is 280 kilometers north of Beijing, which is the nearest grassland to Beijing. It is a section of the Inner Mongolia grassland and with an average altitude of 1700 meters above sea level. The special climate and the geographical position on the junction of the North China Plain and the Inner Mongolia Grassland bring up Bashang its unique natural landscapes and make it a popular destination for tourists and photographers.
Cuandixia is known for its architecture and natural beauty. It is home to 500 well preserved courtyard homes dating to the Ming and Qing dynasties. Many of these homes have been converted into inns offering food and lodging to travelers. Stone paved lanes and steep staircases help define Chuandixia's architectural identity. The village is a frequent subject of photographers and painters. The surrounding area is full of mountains and trails popular with hikers.