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Day 10 (16.02.2007)

My aim today was the Xiangshan Gongyuan (Fragrant Hills Park). The highest place is the Fragrant Hill, it is 557 m high. The park lies a few kilometers outside of Beijing, but it is no problem to go there by bus. The Fragrant Hill was used as a hunting ground by the emperors of the Liao Dynasty (907 - 1125). In this time Beijing belonged to the empire of the Khitan (Liao Dynasty). In the 12th century the Jurchens conquered North China and they founded the Jin Dynasty (1115 - 1234). In 1186 the Jin built the first temple in the area which belongs to the Xiangshan Gongyuan today. Emperor Qianlong (1736 - 1796) expanded the park to an imperial garden. In 1860 Anglo-French troops destroyed many parts of the garden and in 1900 during the Boxer Uprising Allied troops did the same. I entered the Xiangshan Gongyuan through the East Gate. I went straight to the summit of the Fragrant Hill. On the way I saw many nice Chinese buildings and pavilions. There are stairs which lead to the summit, but nevertheless it is very laborious to go up over 500 m. If one does not like to go up there is also a chairlift. The higher one goes the better the view. About 2 hours after entering the park I made it to the summit. From the top one has got a great view of the other hills and of Beijing. I climbed down on another way and I saw many nice buildings again. Finally I went to the ruins of the Xiangshan Temple. After that I left the Xiangshan Gongyuan.

On the summit of the Xiang Shan
On the summit of the Xiang Shan

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