Lanterns at the Dafei Temple in Badachu
Shijingshan District (石景山区 Shíjǐngshān Qū) is in the west part of Beijing.
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.
- 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.