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Top 10 Mosques in Beijing

Friday, June 7th, 2013
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Plan your Beijing Muslim tour? The history of the mosques in Beijing dates back to the year 996 when two Arabic elders started the construction of Niu Jie Mosque ( Ox Street Mosque ), the first mosque in Beijing.

The Yuan Dynasty (1279 – 1368 ) saw the fast development of Islamism after the influx into China of a great number of Muslims. The famous Dongsi Mosque was established in Yuan Dynasty. Islamism developed greatly in Ming and Qing dynasties, adding to over 30 mosques in Beijing.

Today there are estimated to be over 200,000 Muslims and 72 mosques in Beijing. We list the best and most popular mosques in Beijing in no particular order. The list is based on their history, facilities, scape and popularity. Leave your comments and share with others.

1. Niujie Mosque 牛街清真寺
The Niujie Mosque is the oldest mosque in Beijing. It was originally built in 996 during the Liao Dynasty and was reconstructed and renovated in successive dynasties. The mosque has had three big renovations since the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949.

Niu Jie Mosque is located in the largest muslim community in Beijing. The Niujie Mosque takes an area of approximately 10,000 square meters. Its architecture is a blend of Islamic and Han Chinese cultural and architectural influences.

Add: No.88 Niujie St, Xicheng District, Beijing
Tel: 0086 10 6353 2564

Niujie Mosque

Niujie Mosque

2. Dongsi Mosque 东四清真寺
The Dongsi mosque is one of the oldest mosque in Beijing. It was originally built in 1356 during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). It is located at No.13, the Dongsi South Street, Dongcheng District.

The present mosque is mainly composed of two gates, a minaret, a worship hall and a library. The worship hall can house 500 people praying and there is a separate area in the main hall for women.

It has been restored and renovated many times. The library houses valuable manuscripts of the Quran, the Hadith. The mosque is the headquarters of the Islamic Association of Beijing.
Add: No.13, Dongsi South Street, Dongcheng, Beijing
Tel: 0086 10 65257824


Dongsi Mosque

Dongsi Mosque

3. Huashi Mosque 花市清真寺
Huashi Mosque was first built in 1415 during the reign of the emperor Yongle in Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644). It is located on the west side of the Huashi Street in Dongcheng District.

It underwent several renovations and expansions.The present Worship Hall is the largest architecture in the mosque. The other buildings in the mosque include the Stele Pavilion, the Jingu Hall, Xunyue Platform, the Sermon Room, and bedrooms.

Add: 30 West Huasi Street, Dongcheng, Beijing
Tel: 67120726

Huashi Mosque

Huashi Mosque

4. Nan Douya Mosque 南豆芽清真寺
Nan Douya Mosque was originally constructed during the Qing Dynasty (1644-19111). This mosque mainly serves the Hui community that lives in the area, but it now receives thousands of foreigners each year.

The Nan Douya Mosque has no entrance fee but it encourages donations from visitors. It is located next to the Chaoyangmen subway station of Subway Line 2.

Add: 15 Nandouya Hutong, Dongcheng, Beijing
Tel: 84068225

Nan Douya Mosque

Nan Douya Mosque

5. Haidian Mosque 北京海淀清真寺
Haidian Mosque was originally built in the late Ming Dynasty and the early Qing Dynasty. It is a three-hall courtyard layout. The prayer hall is in the center of the mosque with the kiln hall at its back and the Baishi platform at its front.

A square corners pavilion is atop the prayer hall telling the Islamic architectural style.The teaching rooms are in the south and north of the yard. The north of the mosque houses a vegetable garden and the west has the Yidi place (a cemetery).

Add: West Zhalan Road, Haidian Town, Haidian District, Beijing Tel: 62558296

6. Dewai Mosque 德外清真寺
Dewai Mosque is also known as Beijing Fayuan Mosque. It is located 200-300m to the northeast of Desheng Gate, hence the name of Dewai Mosque, meaning “outside Desheng Gate Mosque”. It was origailly constructed in late Ming and early Qing dynasties.

In 2003, the local Xicheng District government allocated 8 million yuan and collected 2 million yuan for the renovation of the old mosque. Now the upgraded Dewai Mosque coveres an area of 4,000 square meters, 3 sizes of the original mosque.

The mosque entrance faces the street to the west. The Dewai Mosque is a mix of Chinese architecture and Arabic Islamic architectural style. To the southeast corner of the main 200 square meter prayer hall is the smaller prayer hall for female. Every day many Muslims come here to pray and some non-muslim vistors visit th mosque as well.
Add: No.200 Dewai Street, Xicheng District, Beijing Tel: 62016131

Jinshifang Street Mosque

Jinshifang Street Mosque

7. Jinshifang Street Mosque 锦什坊街清真寺
Jinshifang Street Mosque is named after the street in the west of Beijing where the mosque is located. The mosque is also known as “Pushou Mosque”. It was originally built in the year of the 4th year of Xuande in Ming Dynasty ( 1429 ), one of the four major 4 mosques in Beijing. It was rebuilt and renovated several times in the past.

In 1982, the old mosque was reconstructed with a construction area of 1373 square meter. The main prayer hall covers an area of 200 square meters in the style of Chinese classical palace architecture. The buildings inside the mosque is spectacular with its shape and colorful design in the Ming style.

There are over 2500 muslim households of over 11,000 muslims using the mosque. There are over 150 rolls of Arabic classics and over 100 Persian rolls of classics. The Xicheng Muslim Association is located inside the Mosque.
Add: No.63, Jinshifang Street, Xicheng District, Beijing
Tel: 66036165

Changying Mosque

Changying Mosque

8. Changying Mosque 常营清真寺
Changying Mosque is named after the same name village where the mosque is located. Changying Mosques was originally constructed in the Zhenge period in Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) and was largely reconstructed in the Jiaqing period in Qing Dynasty (1644 -1911). It was the largest mosque in the suburbs of Beijing. Today it is still an important religious site for nearby muslims to pray.

In the years of in 1983, 1993 and 1998, the Changying Mosque was renovated and repaired for several times. Built on an axis from east to west, Changying Mosque faces the east and it is a three-hall courtyard with Chinese characteristics of black bricks and green tiles.

In recent years there newly constructed a separate hall of women, designed for female Muslim to pray.
Add: Changying Minzu Village, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Tel: 65484914

9. Madian Mosque 马甸清真寺
Beijing Madian Mosque takes an area of over 3,800 square meters. It has the style of a traditional Chinese courtyard. The main structures include the prayer hall, teaching rooms and the hall for female muslims. Historically, the Madian area has been inhabited by numerous muslims, another big muslim community after Niujie community.

Beside the local muslims, there are many muslims coming from the universities and expats and muslims from all parts of the world, especially from Arabic countries and people from the Southeast countries in Asia。
Add: Madian South Village, Haidian District, Beijing
Tel: 62019208


Madian Mosque

Madian Mosque

10. Dongzhimen Mosque 东直门清真寺
Dongzhimen was originally constructed during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). but the present building was reconstructed in the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Now, the mosque is laid out the shape of a traditional quadrangle courtyard of Chinese characteristics.

The mosque includes such buildings as the prayer hall, and other houses and the wing-room and other facilities.
Add: No.6, Waichaci, Dongzhimenwai, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Tel: 64638195


Dongzhimen Mosque

Dongzhimen Mosque

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Top 10 Most Popular Halal Restaurants in Beijing

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
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If you are a Muslim visitor on a Beijing tour, you need to find halal food restaurants in Beijing. There are said to be over 2,000 halal options in small eateries, mid-range and upmarket halal restaurants as well in Beijing. These Muslim restaurants adhere to a full halal menu that does not serve pork and does not serve alcohol.

After doing research, and checking the polls from internet, we have made this list based on what we feel represent the best halal restaurants in Beijing for 2013.  This “Best Halal Restaurants list” is in no particular order — they have unique features that have satisfied people in one way or another.

By the “most popular halal food restaurants”, we refer to those halal food restaurants that don’t just offer good halal food, but also have the good atmosphere, affordable prices and good customer service as well. In Beijing and elsewhere in China, halal food is also known as Hui cuisine and Xinjiang food.

1. Jubaoyuan 聚宝源
Add: 5-2 Commerce Building 1, Niujie Xili, Xicheng District, Beijing

Tel: 83545602
Opening hours: Daily 11:00am -09:50pm.
Brief Introduction:
Jubaoyuan is one of the oldest halal restaurants on Niujie Street, the biggest muslim community in Beijing. Jubaoyuan is well known for its fresh beef, hand-cut mutton slices, baked sesame seed coated cakes and delicious sesame dipping sauce, as well as its affordable prices.
Remark: You have to book your seats in advance.

2. Xinjiang Restaurant 新疆饭庄

Add: Urumqi Beijing Office at 1 Beili, Chegongzhuang Dajie, Xicheng, Beijing
Tel: 68362795
Opening hours: Daily 9:00am -09:00pm.
Brief Introduction:
Xinjiang Restaurant is known for its lamb barbecue, skewered  roasted  lamb legs, spiced skewered lamb and self-made yogurt.
Remark: You need to book your seats in advance, especially on weekends.

Big plate chicken: big chunks of chicken and potatoes cooked in a beer-based sauce and garnished with colorful bell peppers

Big plate chicken at Xinjiang Restaurant

Big plate chicken at Xinjiang Restaurant

 3.Bayilaoye at Zhonguancun 巴依老爷新疆美食(中关村店)分店
Add:No.118, Zhongguancun East Road, Haidian District, Beijing
Tel: 82111181
Opening hours: Daily 11:00am -11:00pm.
Brief Introduction:
It offers Xinjiang Uyghur Cuisine, best known for its yogurt and Mongolian Boiled Lamb

4. Kaorouji Restaurant 聚德华天烤肉季(什刹海总店)分店
Add: No.14, Dongyan, Qianhai, Dianmen Waidajie, Xicheng District, Beijing
Tel: 64042554
Opening hours: Daily 6:00am -11:00pm.
Brief Introduction:
Kaorouji Restaurant is superbly located in the famous Shichahai area by the Yinding Bridge. It is a time-honored restaurant. It is best known for its specialities of barbecued lamb and steamed sesame buns.

Roasted Lamb at Kaorouji

Roasted Lamb at Kaorouji

5. Xinjiang Islam Restaurant 新疆伊斯兰饭庄
Add: Xinjiang Beijing Office at 7, Sanlihe Road, Haidian, Beijing
Tel: 88365363 
Opening hours: Daily 7:00am -10:30pm.
Brief Introduction:
As you know, the halal restaurant is located inside the compound of the Xinjuiang Office in Beijing, and it offers the authentic Muslim food, well known for its yogurt, roasted lamb, Mongolian Boiled Lamb and many more.
Hands pilaf at Xinjiang Islam Restaurant

Hands pilaf at Xinjiang Islam Restaurant

6. Yanlanlou at Cangjiadao 燕兰楼(仓夹道店)分店
Add: 7,Cangjiadao, Dongshi Shitiao, Dongcheng, Beijing
Tel: 84075779
Opening hours: Daily 10:30am -9:00pm.
Brief Introduction:
Yan Lan Lou Restaurant offers Finger Mutton, Beef Flavour Noodle, Mutton String, Muslim Cuisine and more.
Mongolian Boiled Lamb at Yanlanlou

Mongolian Boiled Lamb at Yanlanlou

7. Silk Road Impression Xinjiang Restaurant at Hepingli 丝路印象新疆餐厅(和平里店)分店
Add:: No. 1 Heping Commercial Building, No. 01 Mid-street, Hepingli, Dongcheng District
Tel: 84228548 
Opening hours: Daily 10:30am -9:00pm.
Brief Introduction:
This halal restaurant offers Xinjiang-style braised chicken, yogurt, mutton kebab, grilled naan, dry fried noodles, grilled mutton with rose willows, Xinjiang-style braised lamb chops with naan and grilled bun.
mutton kebab at Silk Road Impression

mutton kebab at Silk Road Impression

8. Hongbinlou Restaurant 鸿宾楼

Add: No.11, Zhanlanguan Road, Xicheng District


Tel:  68994560

Opening hours: Daily 11:00am -9:00pm.
Brief Introduction:
A time-honored halal restaurant. Its menu still boasts some of the standards of halal Beijing cuisine, including halal Peking duck (prepared according to Muslim dietary law).

9. Ziguangyuan at Jingsong 紫光园(劲松店)分店

Add: No.907 Building, the 9th Block of Jingsong Community, Chaoyang, Beijing
Tel: 87713470 
Opening hours: Daily 11:00am -9:00pm.
Brief Introduction:
A time-honored halal restaurant. The food here keeps in tradition: Baodu, a classic Hui tripe dish, chunks of sweetmeat with yam…
Halal Roasted Duck at Ziguangyuan

Halal Roasted Duck at Ziguangyuan

10. Yijinyuan Restaurant 伊锦园
Add: By the east entrance to the Yuan Dynasty Site Park, Chaoyang, Beijing
Tel: 84652288
Opening hours: Daily 11:00am -9:00pm.
Brief Introduction:
It is the most deluxe halal restaurant in Beijing.
Lamb Soup at Yijinyuan Restaurant

Lamb Soup at Yijinyuan Restaurant


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Top 10 Outdoor Barbecue Spots in Beijing

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
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Are you looking for a great spot to have a barbecue grill during your Beijing tour? Yes, there’s nothing better than the sizzle of sausages, fish, chicken or porking cooking in the great outdoors. The popularity of BBQ grills has surged among Beijing urban residents as well as Beijing expats and international travelers. Cooking alfresco is one of the most satisfying summer pleasures if we are lucky to have good weather.

We list the prettiest, more importantly, legal places to light your fire. You are able to grill to your heart’s content as long as you take appropriate safety measures and clean up when you’re finished.

1. Ming Tombs Reservoir 十三陵水库
Highlights: Beijing Ming Tombs Reservoir epitomizes the happiness of grills over the picturesque views. Finding an ideal barbecure spot is pivotal to a happy grill. The Ming Tombs Reservoir is a combination of the limpid water and the beautiful mountains, a harmony of men and nature, a perfect area for outdoor barbecue and picnic.

Put up your grill, prepare grilling recipes and light your fire. With the cooking smokes going up, enjoy your grilled foods while appreciating the surrounding beautiful vista. After dinner, walk along the bank of the reservoir and try your fishing at a designated pool if you are interested in fishing. At nightfall, under the stary sky, you could feel the smell of charcoal barbeques, and the sweet nostalgia of brooding teen angst. What a night!

Grill Tips: Bring your own grill and accessories and place your grill on the space by the bank of the reservoir.Many mosquitos surrounding the reservoir banks, be ready for mosquito repellents. |

Tel: 010-60713399
Add: Ming Tombs, Changping District, Beijing (北京市昌平区十三陵水库)
Public Bus: Take bus 912 from Andingmen Bus Terminal and get off at the reservoir ( 在安定门乘912路公共汽车可直达)
Self-drive: drive along Jingchang Expressway and get off at the exit of Xiguan (昌平西关) and continue to drive to the reservoir area.

2. Shangzhuang Reservior 上庄水库
Hightlights: Shangzhuang Reservoir is regarded as the mecca both for wild fishing, outdoor barbecue and picnicking. The reservoir is located in Shangzhuang Village, Haidian District, about 30km northwest of Beijing downtown.

The reservoir is connected to Daoxiang Lake, which makes the reservoir full of water even in the dry season. The south bank of the reservoir is comaratively flat and suitable for outdoor BBQ Areas. The southen bank has been built with tarmac road which allows cars to go in, making it very convenient for holidaymakers to enjoy the fun of fishing and grill.

Befoe put up your grill facilities, it is advisable to go fishing on the reservoir first. If you are lucky, fishes will be hooked up and become your delicious food on your cooking grid.  Surrounded by the grassland, accompanied by the singing water, you are enjoying your self barbecue.

Grill Tips: Bring your own grill facilities and it is better to have your self barbecue on the southern bank of the reservoir.

Grill at Shangzhuang Reservior

Grill at Shangzhuang Reservior

Add: Shangzhuang Village, Haidian District, about 30km northwest of Beijing downtown.

How to get there:

Public Transport
Take subway line 4 and get off at the final station of North Anhe Bridge (安河桥北),then change for Bus 512 and reach Shangzhuang Reservoir


Route 1:Drive along Jingzuang Expressway (京藏高速), exit from the Exit of Beianhe ( 北安河), then turn left, and continue to drive along Beiqing Road to the west for 7km, then you will see a huge signboard poiting to Shangzhuang and you will soon reach Shangzhuang Reservoir.

3. Shidu Juma River 十渡拒马河
Highlights: Shidu Scenic Area is located in Shidu Town of Fangshan District, about 100km southwest of downtown Beijing. Shidu Scenic area mainly refers to the Juma River cutting through the north of Taihang Moutains with a length of 20km. There used to be 10 ferries along the Juma River, hence the name “Shidu” which literally means “10 ferries”.

Actually Shidu has totally 18 ferries though it is called “10 Ferries (Shidu)Today the 10 ferries no longer exist, but the name of Shidu is still in use. Shidu Scenic Area is dubbed as “Little Guilin” for its beautiful water and mountains. The view of each Du (Ferry) has its own characteristics. Among the 10 Ferries (Shidu), Ferry No.03, No.06, No.07 and No.09 are the most beautiful. And the Ferry 6. is a very good BBQ grill point.

Grill Tips: Bring your own grill facilities and it is better to place your grill on the Ferry No.06.

Barbecue at Shidu Juma River

Barbecue at Shidu Juma River

Tel: Tel: 61340078
By Bus
Take Bus 917: five daily buses running between Tianqiao (天桥) and Donghu at Ferry No.18.
Morning:7: 00 & 8:00 Afternoon:13:30, 15:30 and 16:30
Drive southwest along Jingshi Exoresswau (京石高速公路), get off from the expressway at Exit of Liulihe (琉璃河出口),passing by Liui River, driving through Hancunhe Village, driving by Yunju Temple, and arriving at Shidu.
3. Entrance Fees
1) Bamboo rafting: RMB 100
2) Gushanzhai: RMB 40

4. Baihebao Reservoir 白河堡水库
Highlights: About 85 kilometers north of Beijing flows a river called Bai River ( white river), named as such because in the summer, it appears like a dragon with shiny, white scales.

Along the Bai River there is a reservoir called Baihebao Reservoir, the highest and the third largest of Beijing’s reservoirs at an elevation of 560 meters. The water from the Baibao Reservoir is a drinking water storage for Beijing area. The Baibao Reservoir is densely forested with 85% greenery coverage.

While camping by the shellow beaches around the lake, you can enjoy the stunning views of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall on the mmountains by the reservior. It is a wonderful place for barbecue and grill.Grill Tips: Contact the Baibaohe Reservoir before you decide to have outdoor BBQ grills.

Grill at Baihebao Reservoir

Grill at Baihebao Reservoir

Tel: 010-60161721
Add: Xiangying Village, Yanqing County, Beijing (北京市延庆县香营村)
Self-drive: Drive along Jingchang Expressway (京昌高速公路) and get off from the exit of Xiguan (昌平西关) and drive to the direction of Ming Tombs (十三陵方向),then turn left at the crossroad of Changling (长陵路口左转), drive to Yongning, Yanqing County (延庆永宁), Liubinbao (刘斌), drive to Baibaohe Reservior (白河堡水库).

5. Xianweng Resort 仙翁度假村
Highlights: Xianweng Resort is named after “Xianweng” which literally means “an immortal old man”. The old man has been found walking on a cliff escorted by a horse across the village.

Local villagers called the resort “”Xianweng” when they started to build the resort in 1976. It is actually located in the Shentangyu Natural Scenic Area in Huairou District, about 80km north Beijing downtown.

This area was once an important fortress for Beijing during the Ming dynasty, and today the Ming-era section of the Great Wall can till be seen.

Xianweng Resort is surrounded by the stream and the Great Wall winding on the distant mountains. The resort is divided into major three sections – Dining, Accommodations and Outdoor Activities. There are three large indoor restaurants which could accommodate 300 people.
Of course, urban dwellers are more interested in the outdoor picnic. On the streem banks and in the forests, 800 people can have outdoor picnics. It is also a great place for barbecue and grill. You can hire a small place for putting up your barbecue grill to grill your own food or you may buy the barbecur food from the local villagers.

Grill Tips:You can either bring your own barbecue grill or borrow from the local villagers. If you don’t dine at the local restaurants, you have to pay RMB30 for a small spot for your own barbecue grill.

Grill at Xianweng Resort

Grill at Xianweng Resort

Tel:(010)61604033 (010) 61604066
Self-drive: Drive along Jingcheng Expressway and get off the Exit 14 (Huirou District),passing by the downtown Huairou District, turn left at Yanqi Crossroad 雁栖路口(to the Shentangyu Scenic Area 堂峪风景区), soon you arrive at Xianweng Resort.

6.  Houhe River 后河
Highlights:The Houhe River Valley is located in the northern mountainous area of Yanqing County, about 85km north of Beijing. The Houhe River originates from the Haituo Mountain, about 30km northwest of the downtown Yanqing County.  The Houhe River winds down and enters the famous Guishuihe River in Yanqing County.

The Houhe River Valley does not have any pollution and destruction, basically maintains the lush vegetation lush, beautiful environment and natural scenery. In summer, there is no summer humid heat nor the noise of the city with fresh air, blue sky, a great place for fishing and barbecue grill.

Grill Tips:Bring your own barbecue grill. First try your luck fishing on the river, then grill your fish.

Barbecue at Houhe River

Barbecue at Houhe River

Add: Located on the northern side of Badaling Great Wall, about 10km in the north of Yanqing County.
Self-drive: Drive along Dadaling Great Wall and exit from the Exit of Yanqing County. Then continue to drive for about 9km and you reach Jiulong Mountain Villa (九龙山庄), then continue to drive for about one and half hours in the north direction, you will reach Houhe River.

7. Yunfoshan Resort 云佛山度假村|
Highlights:”Yunfoshan” literally means” Cloud Buddha Mountain”. The resort is Located in Minyun District, about 85km in the northeast of Beijing downtown. Beijing Yunfoshan Resort owns and manages one 3-star hotel, Meeting Rooms, Yunfoshan Ski Resort, Fishing, Barbecue, Team Building, Frui Picking and Outdoor Sports.

Beijing Yunfoshan Resort is set on the peaceful and picturesque environment dotted with man-made lakes. You can enjoy your fishing and grill your food. The resort offers fishing pole rentals.You can bring your own fishing rods and baits. Any fish caught will be weighed and charged per the pricelist and the fish prices will be much higher than the market.
Grill Tips: You can bring your barbecue grill, but you have to buy the resort’s barbeue food.
Grill at Yunfoshan Resort

Grill at Yunfoshan Resort

Public Bus
Take No.987 Express bus at
Dongzhimen Bus Terminal and get off at Resort.
Drive along Jingcheng Expressway (京承高速)and exit from Exit 16. Then drive north and take on Miguan Road (密关路),follow the sign to Yunfoshan Resort.

8. Zhuanshanzi Reservoir 转山子水库
Highlights: Zhuanshanzi Reservoir is located to the north of another reservoir named Miyun Reservoir ( the largest reservoir in Beijing ) in Miyun District, about 120km in the northeast of Beijing downtown. Zhuanshanzi Reservoir is named after the same name village – Zhuanshanzi Village. The village itself is a great charm for urban residents. It is untouched and unspoiled by commercial pressures.

The Zhuanshanzi Reservoir epitomizes the fresh air and beautiful waters, a great spot for camping and barbecuing. The sand beach rings the banks of the reservoir, making it a wonderful place for picnic and grill. You can use a fire safly since all the banks of the reservoir are fenced. The water of the reservoir is clean that the fishes could be seen swimming happily in the water.
Grill Tips: You can bring your own grills or borrow a barbecue grill from a nearby resort called Sunny Resort which also offer charcoal BBQs rentals for holidaymakers. Drive carefully and safely due to the narrow and rugged road leading to the reservoir. It is better to stay ovenight at Zhuanshanzi camping or borrowing a tent from the Sunny Resort.
Barbecue at Zhuanshanzi Reservoir

Barbecue at Zhuanshanzi Reservoir

Add: Zhuanshanzi Village, Bulaotun Town to the north of Miyun Reservoir, Miyun District, Beijing 密云水库库北不老屯
Self-drive: Drive to the north of Miyun Reservoir, about 120km northeast Beijing downtown.

9. Baihe Valley 白河峡谷
Highlights: Baihe Valley ( Bai River Valley ) is one of the three most gorgeous valleys around Beijing with other two being Juma River Valley and Gongtingshan Valley at Yongding River. Baihe River Valley starts from the Baihebao Reservoir in the northeast of Yanqing District, running through Huairou District and connecting the big valley of Miyun Reservoir in Miyun Disrict.

The natural scenery along the Baihe River (Bai River) is well preserved with less touristy development. The valley is dubbed as “100 miles’ gallery” for its unique landscapes.

The whole Baihe Valley is divided into two sections – the upper section and lower section. The upper section of the valley starts from Yanqing District to the Xiaoshuikou in Huairou District and the lower section runs through the Yunmengshan Scenic Area and enters the area within Miyun District.

You can either have a barbecue or picnic at the upper or the lower section. It is said that the lower section, especially the section east of Yunmengshan Mountain, is the most beautiful oart of the valley, which is dotted with waterfalls and deep pools, a great spot for camping and barbecuing.

Grill Tips: You take appropriate safety measures and clean up when youre finished.

Grill at Baihe Valley

Grill at Baihe Valley

Self-drive: Drive along Jingmi Road (京密路), passing by Black Dragon Pool (黑龙潭) and continue to drive to the north of Black Dragon Pool, soon you will reach Baihe Valley.

10. Xiyu Reservoir 西峪水库
Highlights: Xiyu Reservoir is located next to Xiyu Village in the north of Pinggu District, about 90km from the downtown Beijing. The waters of the reservoir is limpid like mirrors. The tall peaks parallels the northside of the reservoir, making a beautigul reflection on the waters.

The Xiyu Reservoir epitomizes the fresh air, blue sky, limpid and sweet wateris sweet without little pollution. Drive along a passway along the bank and put up your grill on the stone beach, a wondeful place for picnic and barbecue.

Grill Tips: You take appropriate safety measures and clean up when youre finished. Don’t forget to take your camera!

Grill at Xiyu Reservoir

Grill at Xiyu Reservoir

Public Bus: Take Bus No.918 from Dongzhimen Transport Hub and get off at Xiyu Stop in Pinggu District.

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