South foot of Xishan Scenic Spot, Shijingshan District, Beijing, China
: Northwest of Tiananmen
: 26.2 km away from the city center Tiananmen
Ordinary ticket: 10 RMB/person
Discount ticket: 5 RMB/person
Cableway ticket: 50 RMB/person
Slideway ticket: 50 RMB/person
Slip rope ticket: 30 RMB/person
Chinese First Inkstone ticket: 3 RMB/person
Bus No.347, 389, 598, 972, 958 at the ending station
Subway Station Jinshuitan, Xizhimen, Beijing Zoo, Baishiqiao transfer to Bus No.347
Subway Station Bajiao Fun Park transfers to Bus No.598, 598qujian
Subway Station Gucheng transfers to Bus No.958
Subway Station Pingguoyuan transfers to Bus No.972
Badachu Park got its name for the eight ancient temples in the park. The environment there is full of ancient feelings. It is suitable for family tour. Visitors can spend the whole day here. The leaves turn red at the end of October. Jingyin Valley is very good and it's fit for children to play.
Why got its this name
There are eight ancient temples in Badachu Park while in Chinese Ba means eight. Badachu means eight places. That's why the park got its name.
Chang'an Temple is located in the south of the park. It was constructed in 1504 and first called Shanying Temple. As recorded, there were once 500 Arhats and four famous pines, which show the status and outlook of the temple in the ancient time. But all of them do not exist now. Chang'an Temple was destroyed in the cultural revolution and was not yet restored. It is not open to the public now.
Lingguang Temple is the most important one of the existed temples in Badachu Park. It was first built during the year 766 to 779 and first called Longquan Temple. In 1162 during Jin Shizong period, it was once changed into Jueshan Temple. In Ming dynasty Xuande period (1428), it reverted to the old name Longquan Temple. In Ming dynasty Zhengtong period (1436-1449), it was expanded and renamed Lingguang Temple.
Legend of the Goldfish Lingguang Temple faces to southeast. The 3,300 kg Buddha status was gift from Thailand King Monk. Dabei courtyard, Fish Pool courtyard and Tower courtyard are the existed three courtyards. Beside the fish pool, there is Zhaoxian Tower. Zhaoxian means calling the fairy.
About this tower there is also a legend.
Sanshan Nunnery got its name for it lay among Cuiwei, Pingpo and Lushi mountains. Sanshan Nunnery was built in Jin dynasty Tiande period (1151). During Yongzheng and Qianlong in Qing dynasty, famous monk had been doing research and writing arguments about Buddhist theory, which made the temple famous at that time.
Dabei Temple lies on the mountainside between Sanshan Nunnery and Longquan Nunnery. It is said that Dabei Temple was built around the year 1033 and first called Yinji Temple. There are two old ginkgo trees which are about 500 years.
Longquan Teahouse in this temple is quite famous in Beijing. It opens in the four seasons. The teahouse make tea with the sweet spring water. There are lots of repeat customers, especially in Summer.
Xiangjie Temple is located in Pingpo Mountain. It is now the largest temple in Badachu Park. First built during the year of 758 and 760, it was called Pingpo Dajue Temple. It was also called Dayuantong Temple in Ming dynasty and Shenggan Temple in Qing dynasty Kangxi period. During the period of Qianlong in Qing dynasty, it was changed into Xiangjie Temple. A palace in the temple was once the place for Emperor Qianlong to escape summer heat. The scenery there is quite good.
Baozhu Cave lies on the top of Pingpo Mountain. It was first built in 1780. Gravels in the caves look like shining pearls (baozhu). Thus the cave was named Baozhu Cave. This is the excellent place to see sun rise and Beijing scenery.
Zhengguo Temple is the oldest temple in Badachu Park. It lies separately in Lushi mountain. It was first built in Tang dynasty. There is a pistacia which is over 600 years old in the temple. It is the only one in Beijing.
Legend of the Goldfish in Lingguang Temple
One Autumn, the Empress Dowager Cixi came to Lingguang Temple to worship. She went to the water heart pavilion of the Goldfish Pool to have a rest. Suddenly, a goldfish which was as big as the baby swam to her and jumped and danced. It looked like welcoming Cixi. Cixi was quite happy. A little eunuch went near and told Cixi that all creatures were following Cixi's Will. Cixi was much happier. She took off her gold earings and ordered the little eunuch to put it in through the gill. She named the goldfish God fish.
More and more visitors came to the temple after hearing about that. Visiting goldfish in Lingguang Temple became a joyful thing for people. And now it is said that lucky guys can also see the god fish which was wearing earing.
Legend of Xiangfei's Soul in Xiangjie Temple
It is said that during the years of Emperor Qianlong in Qing dynasty, there was a monk named Guifang (some called him Haiyou) in Xiangjie Temple. He was good at Buddha inscriptions. Each time Emperor Qianlong came here to escape the heat, he would be accompanied. One day, Qianlong came to Xiangjie Temple again. While chatting, Guifang read that the emperor looked emaciated. He was told that the emperor's favored Xiangfei (Fragrance Concubine) died because of the sudden illness. The emperor missed her so much. Then the monk Guifang sent to bring a copper magic mirror in the hall. And he also took out the Revive Canon and burned the incense. He told the emperor to take a bath and wait in the midnight and never go near. The emperor accepted. Then the monk began to read the sutra. In the midnight, the emperor heard voice of the instrument which was Xiangfei's love. The mirror shone and Xiangfei came out of it. Qianlong forgot Guifang's word and went to Xiangfei. Suddenly, the mirror cracked and Xiangfei disappeared. But the music was still there. Xiangfei was singing about her homeland. Qianlong got that Xiangfei wanted to go home. And when he went to the royal palace, he sent Xiangfei's mortal remains back to her hometown. Qianlong realized his dream and he recovered. He was so glad that he repaired Xiangjie Temple and build a summer palace there.
Legend of the Golden Kang in Dabei Temple
Long long ago, there were really two tall female ginkgo trees. No one knew when and who planted the trees. Each autumn, the leaves turned yellow and fell on the ground with the wind. Soon, there were thick leaves on the ground which were quite beautiful. Visitors all loved to sit on the thick yellow leaves and children lay and played on the leaves. People called the thick leaves Golden Kang. It was really comfortable like Kang.
One day, a child found a coin in the leaves while he was playing on them. His mom was so glad that she told her son to burn incense and kowtowed to the Bodhisattva. This was transferred from mouth to mouth and people all believed that this mom and son were from heaven and they were sending money to the world. From then on, more and more people went to the Golden Kang and sat on it to try to find coins. Monks in the temple made use of this subject. They put coins in the leaves in the night when there was no visitors. And soon, more and more visitors went to Dabei Temple. But unluckily, an old man smoked while sitting on the Golden Kang one day. And carelessly, the fireworks fell on the soft leaves. A big fire broke in the temple. It not only destroyed the ginkgo tress, but also destroyed the palace. The next Spring, two new ginkgo trees grew out of the old place. Now they are 500 years old. And in Autumn, the fallen leaves are still like the Golden Kang.
Legend of the Red Leaves in Badachu Park
Long long ago, there were no red leaves but only green trees in Badachu. A stone craftsman lived with his only daughter Maple at the foot of the West Mountain. Some day, they found a treasure basin in the mountain. From then on they usually gave food and clothes which were turned out by the treasure basin to the poor folks. Over time, the greedy rich man heard about this. One day, when the old stone craftsman was not at home, the greedy rich man went his home with his family servants to rob the treasure basin. Maple held the treasure basin and ran to the top of the mountain. The greedy rich man and his family servants chased after Maple. Maple ran and ran, her red dress was broken. One and another piece of her dress were hang on the branches. Her skin was broken. One and another drop of blood fell on the green leaves. Maple ran and ran. She ran out all three mountains in Badachu. At last, she ran to the top of the mountain. When she was nearly caught by the greedy rich man, she jumped off the cliff. From then on, maple leaves in the place where Maple ran across all turned red. People said that the red maple leaves were dyed by Maple's blood.
Badachu Park is one of the most suitable place for climbing in suburb Beijing. Thousand years' history, rich and valuable natural resources, special climate in surrounding of three mountains and the not high not low mountains trend all make the park the first choice for climbing.
In 2001, Badachu Park was established to be one of the four excellent hiking recreation place. Badachu Park has its own four routes for climbing and fitness. Mountaineers can choose different route according to personal physical condition.
Recommended Scenic Spots:
Chinese First Inkstone--11.8 meters long, 3.2 meters wide, 1.2 meters high, 45,000 kg
Chinese Seal Valley--the first valley in China to show the seal culture and history in the way of carving
Cliff Valley--located on the cliff against Zhengguo Temple, Buddha inscription in Ming dynasty is the key site
06:00 - 18:00 from March 16th to April 15th
06:00 - 19:00 from April 16th to August 31st
06:00 - 18:30 from September 1st to November 15th
06:00 - 18:00 from November 15th to November 16th
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Views from Travelers:
It is very beautiful in Autumn and we can also go to visit the Fragrant Hill Park.
It is a quiet place for rest and recreation after work.
This is a good place. We went there for the company annual meeting. We climbed the mountain and prayed in the temple. We had fun there.
We went there the whole family. The air is fresh. We enjoyed the sceneries and had a wonderful weekend.
It is large and beautiful. Good place for pray!
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