Chapter

The Western Hills

M. A. Aldrich

in The Search for a Vanishing Beijing

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9789622097773
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207585 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622097773.003.0050
The Western Hills

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The Western Hills have given solace and delight to visitors for thousands of years. These days, the Western Hills are a fabulous place for hiking. Some of the old temples are reviving the custom of renting rooms to wayfarers. A tour on the Western Hills is given here. In addition, the Fragrant Hills Park and environs and the Eight Great Sites are reported. These Eight Great Sites are named after eight temples situated on the south side of the Western Hills. They make an outstanding destination to watch the folks of Peking enjoying their leisure time. The temple rents rooms for overnight visitors though at the time of writing, it has yet to obtain the license to rent to foreigners. Once this piece of administration is settled, the temple will make for another tranquil spot where one can sense the ghosts of Old Peking reappearing from the ether.

Keywords: Western Hills; hiking; Fragrant Hills Park; Eight Great Sites; Old Peking; temples

Chapter.  5941 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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