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Yunfeng Mountain

Yunfeng Mountain Scenic Area is located on the north bank of Miyun Reservoir in Bulaotun Town, Miyun County, outside of Beijing. It is within the embrace of two great landmarks- Simatai Great Wall to the east and Yunmengshan National Forest Park to the west.

Yunfeng Mountain has a pleasant climate all the year around. The average temperature is 7-9 degrees (44-48 F). In summer, the climate is cool and mild, making the mountain a popular vocation spot. The mountain is a unique elevation containing a large variety of oddly-shaped stones. It is covered by lush grass and trees virtually the entire year. The peak is steep and wondrous jutting upright into the sky. At the top of the mountain, you can easily overlook Miyun Reservoir which shines like a bright pearl.

Other compelling sights in the scenic area include the Chaosheng Temple, Maya Stone Inscriptions, and Chaoyang Cave. The ancient temple was built during the Sui Dynasty (581-618) and the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The temple echoes forests and forms a harmonious spot, a rarity in bustling Beijing. Behind the temple lie the oldest and largest Moya Stone Inscriptions in Beijing, which refer to the characters carved on the natural rocks. The imposing twelve groups of inscriptions are well preserved and every character is about one meter (3.3 feet) in size, reflecting the great value of calligraphy art and cultural relic appreciation. Chaoyang Cave is a natural granite cave, twelve meters (39.4 feet) deep, six meters (19.7 feet) wide and seven meters (23 feet) high. The scenic mountain road from Chaosheng Temple to Chaoyang Cave ends with 110 steps leading up the cave. In the middle of the cave sits the Kwan-yin statue, accompanied by two smaller statues of fairies. Kwan-yin is an infinitely merciful Bodhisattva in Chinese culture and helps people escape the sufferings of the world. There is a natural giant dragon formation on the grayish-white walls of the cave.

Enjoying the beautiful scenery at the top of Yunfeng Mountain is a breathtaking experience. The toll of the temple bell in the morning and the drumbeats at dusk only serve to enhance the feeling. If time permits, the nearby Miyun Reservoir is also well worth visiting.

Admission Fee:
CNY 35
Opening Hours:
08:00-16:00
Bus Route:
980 from Dongzhimenwai (东直门外) to Miyun Bus Station (密云汽车站), and then transfer to a small bus to the Yunfeng Mountain (云峰山).

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