Subway line 1 (red) extends west into Shijingshan. Bus and taxi journeys from central Beijing will be long.
Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery (八宝山革命公墓 Bābǎoshān Gémìng Gōngmù). Originally a temple, this was made into the chief cemetery for Communist Party figures. Buried here are artist Xu Feihong, writer Lao She, and many of the most important CCP leaders. Head north from the Babaoshan subway stop.
A fresco in Fahai Temple
Fahai Temple (法海寺 Fàhǎi Sì). This fifteenth century temple has some of the best-preserved and extensive Ming frescoes to be found. 3.5km north-west from the Pingguoyuan subway stop. Buses 311, 336, 527, 621 all head from around Pingguoyuan to the temple.
Badachu (八大处 Bādàchǔ). Badachu, meaning "The Eight Great Sites" is comprised of eight Buddhist temples and monasteries at the foot of the Western Hills. Restored in the 1980s, the whole area is now a park and popular tourist destination for Beijingers wishing to escape city life. Take Bus 311 north from the Pingguoyuan subway station to Badachu Middle School (八大处中学 Bādàchǔ Zhōngxué) and then walk north-west one kilometer.
Snow White at the Shijingshan Amusement Park
Shijingshan Amusement Park (北京石景山游乐园 Běijīng Shíjǐngshān Yóulèyuán). One of the three amusement parks in Beijing, this park features the usual assortment of rollercoasters, ferris wheels, and a Disney-esque castle (Disney sued). Take subway to Bajiao Amusement Park.¥10 for entrance, each ride has a separate fee.
Cishan Temple (天台山慈善寺 Tiāntái Shān Císhàn Sì). Located on Tiantai Mountain, this is also known as Tiantai Temple. You'll be lucky to see this one: the temple only opens March 15-17 of every year.
Take a tour of Capital Steel (首钢工业旅游 Shǒugāng Gōngyè Lǚyóu), ☎ +86 10 88296558. Since 2001, Capital Steel has been offering tours of its facilities and explanations of how steel is made. Get a Chinese-speaker to call find out when the tours are running. One kilometer west from the Gucheng subway stop.