Lanterns at the Dafei Temple in Badachu
Shijingshan District (石景山区; Shíjǐngshānqū) is in the western part of Beijing.
Subway Line 1 (red) extends west into Shijingshan. Bus and taxi journeys from central Beijing will be long.
- Badachu (八大处; Bādàchǔ; lit. The Eight Great Sites), (Take Bus 311 N from Pingguoyuan Stn to Badachu Middle School (八大处中学; Bādàchǔ Zhōngxué) and then walk NW 1 km). Badachu 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.
- Hope Park (希望公园; Xīwàng Gōngyuán). A small but attractive park south-east of Badachu.
- Fahai Temple (法海寺; Fàhǎi Sì), (3.5 km NW from Pingguoyuan Stn. Buses 311, 336, 527, 621 all head from around Pingguoyuan to the temple). This fifteenth century temple has some of the best-preserved and extensive Ming frescoes to be found. The regular admission is ¥20, but you can't see the real frescoes, only replicas. To see the real frescoes, you have to pay ¥100 - the 'no camera' policy is so strict they don't even have lights in the real fresco room, you have to use flashlights. The real frescoes are much larger than the replicas (and a lot dustier!). Included with the 100 kuai ticket is a guide who talks about the frescoes (no English).
- Tianyi's Tomb (田义墓; Tiányì Mù), 80 Moshikou Dajie (模式口大街80号) (At the foot of Cuiwei Mountain and to the S of Fahai Temple). This is the most extensive and well-preserved Ming dynasty tomb of an eunuch. There is a Eunuch Culture Museum (¥8 entrance fee) at the same site.
- Cheng'en Temple (承恩寺; Chéng'ēn Sì), East Moshikou Dajie (模式口大街东部) (S of the Fahai Temple). This is another temple with a history of at least five hundred years.
- China Quaternary Glacier Museum (中国第四纪冰川陈列馆; Zhōngguó Dìsìjì Bīngchuān Chénlièguǎn), Moshikou Dajie (模式口大街) (Just S of Fahai). This museum was founded in 1992 and offers an introduction to geology, geography, and glaciers.
- Beijing International Sculpture Park (北京国际雕塑公园 Běijīng Guójì Diāosù Gōngyuán), (Line 1 to Yuqianlu), ☎ +86 10 68650422. Opened in 2002, this park places sculpture from around the world in an attractive, green setting. ¥5.
- Babaoshan Revolutionary Cemetery (八宝山革命公墓; Bābǎoshān Gémìng Gōngmù), (Head N from the Babaoshan Stn). 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.
- Cishan Temple (天台山慈善寺; Tiāntái Shān Císhàn Sì), (On Tiantai Mountain, from Pingguoyuan, a taxi ride is ¥30). This is also known as Tiantai Temple. Contrary to internet rumor, the temple is open year-round, not on just March 16-18. Many years ago there was a hall that was only open on March 18 that showed a 'flesh body' [sic], but that's long since gone. The main attraction now is a giant stone Buddha head.
Olympic competition at the Beijing Shooting Range
- Beijing Shooting Range (北京射击场; Běijīng Shèjī Chǎng), Xiangshan Nanlu 香山南路 (SE of Badachu, next to Fifth Ring Rd). Shoot stuff at this Olympic-class shooting range.
- Take a tour of Capital Steel (首钢工业旅游; Shǒugāng Gōngyè Lǚyóu), (1 km W from the Gucheng Stn), ☎ +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.
- Wanda Plaza. Shopping mall.
- Huang Ji Huang Stewing Pot (Pingguoyuan Branch) (黄记煌三汁焖锅 (苹果园)), 2 Grain Shop, Pingguoyuan Stn (苹果园第二粮店), ☎ +86 10 88756828. 10:00-22:30.
- Mei Zhou Dong Po Restaurant (Shijingshan Branch) (眉州东坡酒楼 (石景山店)), 22 Shijingshan Rd (石景山路22号) (Bus 337, 389, 622, 663, 728, 742, 941), ☎ +86 10 88680808. 09:30-23:00. Sichuan cuisine.
- Fengbozhuang (风波庄), 43 Gucheng South Road (古城南路43号) (Gucheng Stn (Line 1), exit B, or bus 337, 621, 318, 941, 728, 959), ☎ +86 10 68880812, . 10:30-00:00.
- Xiaotudou (Gucheng Branch) (小土豆美食 (古城店)), 6 Gucheng Xiao Jie (古城小街甲6号), ☎ +86 10 68885396. 11:00-22:30.
Bars and clubs
- Buyetian Bar (不夜天酒吧; Bùyètiān Jiǔbā), Shijingshan Rd (石景山路; Shíjǐngshānlù).
- Cactus Bar (仙人掌酒吧; Xiānrénzhǎng Jiǔbā), N end of Bajiao Stadium/Gym (八角体育馆北侧; Bājiǎotǐyùguǎnběicè), ☎ +86 10 68829791. Cossy bar with wooden furniture and fake tropical plants. Frequented by young locals who all seem to know each other and the staff.
- DiZhen (地震), Shijingshan Rd (石景山路) (near the W gate of Bajiao Stadium (八角体育馆西门)). Chinese club.
- Huarniu Bar (华尔牛啤酒屋; Huàěrniú Píjiǔwū), 49 Gucheng N Rd (古城北路49号; Gǔchéng Běi Lù), ☎ +86 10 88107320.
- Xiaomu Bar (小木屋酒吧; Xiǎomùwū Jiǔbā), Qixing Garden, Lugu (鲁谷七星园内; Lǔgǔ Qīxīngyuánnèi), ☎ +86 10 68641908.
- Laiyin Café (莱茵咖啡; Láiyīnkāfēi), 1 Shixing Ave (实兴大街1号; Shíxīngdàjiē).
- Zhenguo Café (Shijingshan Wanda Branch) (真锅咖啡馆 (石景山万达店); Zhēnguō Kāfēiguǎn (Shíjǐngshānwàndádiàn)), Wanda Sq, B18 Shijingshan Rd (石景山路乙18号万达广场; Shíjǐngshānlù Wàndáguǎngchǎng).
- SPR Coffe (Shijingshan Wanda Square Branch) (石景山万达广场店; Shíjǐngshānwàndáguǎngchǎngdiàn)), 2 Wanda Sq, 18 Shijingshan Rd (石景山路乙18号万达广场2楼; Shíjǐngshānlù Wàndáguǎngchǎng).
- Beijing Xinshiyuan Hotel (北京鑫仕源度假村; Běijīngxīnshìyuándùjiàcūn), Xiwang Park, Badachu Lu, Shijingshan (石景山区八大处路希望公园内; Shíjǐngshānqū Bādàchǔlù Xīwànggōngyuánnèi) (Just outside West Fifth Ring Rd, buses), ☎ +86 10 88703399. Small rooms without internet access. Business center, gift shop, karaoke, billiard, table tennis, tennis, massage and sauna available. Chinese restaurant and room service. Doubles from ¥380, discounted from ¥148; breakfast ¥15.
- Beijing Jiujiuyuan Super8 Hotel (北京石景山玖玖源速8酒店; Běijīng Shíjǐngshān Jiǔyuánsùbā Jiǔdiàn), Yangzhuang East Road (杨庄东路; Yángzhuāngdōnglù), ☎ +86 10 68835888 (fax: +86 10 68835689). Small rooms with free internet and kettle. Listed rates for doubles from ¥218, breakfast ¥10.
- Beijing Haite Hotel (北京海特饭店; Běijīng Hǎitè Fàndiàn), 1 Shixing Avenue (实兴大街1号; Shíxīngdàjiē), ☎ +86 10 68811188, . Three star hotel with rooms with free internet, safe, electric kettle and mini bar. ATM, shopping malls, beauty salon, ticketing service, fitness, indoor swimming pool and tennis available. Chinese and Western restaurants as well as bar and room service. Doubles from ¥900, discounted from ¥330, including breakfast.
- Mercure Wanshang Beijing (北京万商花园酒店; Běijīng Wànshānghuāyuán Jiǔdiàn), 1 Yinhe Ave (银河大街1号; Yínhé Ddàjiē), ☎ +86 10 68681199 (fax: +86 10 68686088), . Rooms with free internet, safe deposit, minibar, free mineral water and coffee facilities. Business center, currency exchange, ATM, fitness, indoor swimming pool and tennis court available. Chinese and Western restaurants as well as bar and café. Doubles from ¥782, discounted from ¥403, including breakfast for more expensive rooms.
- Pullman Beijing West Wanda (北京万达铂尔曼大饭店; Běijīng Wàndábóěrmàndà Fàndiàn), Bldg 1, Jia 18 Shijinagshan Rd (石景山路甲18号1号楼; shíjǐngshānlù Jiǎ18hào 1hàolóu) (Babaoshan Stn, exit D, turn to the L, walk 500 m), ☎ +86 10 88681188 ([email protected], fax: +86 10 88681199), . Very large rooms with free internet, safe deposit box, free mineral water, coffee facilities and minibar. Business center, currency exchange, gift shop, beauty salon, ticket office, fitness and indoor swimming pool available. Chinese, Western and Japanese restaurants as well as café and bar. Doubles ¥1,150-3,393, breakfast ¥92 (included for most rooms).