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Fragrant Hills
Fragrant Hills
Park (Xiangshan Park; Chinese: 香山公园; pinyin: Xiāngshān Gōngyuán) is an imperial garden at the foot of the Western Mountains in the Haidian District, in the northwestern part of Beijing, China. It was also formerly known as Jingyi Garden or "Jingyiyuan" (靜宜園). It covers 1.6 km² (395 acres) and consists of a natural pine-cypress forest, hills with maple trees, smoke trees and persimmon trees, as well as landscaped areas with traditional architecture and cultural relics. The name derives from the park's highest peak, Xianglu Feng (Incense Burner Peak), a 557 meters (1827 ft) hill with two large stones resembling incense burners at the top.


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Fragrant Hills
Fragrant Hills
Pagoda, built in 1780; although foreign forces burned down the surrounding monastery in 1900, the pagoda survived the fires.

The xiang in the name refers to incense, not fragrance per se. This name is perhaps derived from the name of the highest peak Xianglu feng 香炉峰, or "Incense-burner peak," the bronze-cast incense burner (with remote roots in ritual bronzes) being a common article found in temples. Indeed, incense was also often used as a metonym for temples. History[edit] The park was built in 1186 in the Jin dynasty (1115 to 1234) and expanded during the Yuan dynasty
Yuan dynasty
and Ming dynasty. In 1745, the Qianlong Emperor
Qianlong Emperor
(1711–1799) of the Qing dynasty
Qing dynasty
ordered the addition of many new halls, pavilions and gardens and gave it a new name, Jingyi Palace (Garden of Tranquility and Pleasure). Many of the relics in the park were damaged by foreign troops during two major attacks. In 1860, British troops set the Old Summer Palace
Old Summer Palace
ablaze, burning it to the ground along with the Gardens of Perfect Brightness, causing extensive damage to many relics in the park. Another attack in 1900 by the Eight-Nation Alliance
Eight-Nation Alliance
caused destruction to the park and to the Summer Palace
Summer Palace
built by Empress Dowager Cixi. Since 1949, the Chinese government has been engaged in continuous restoration and development in the area. Fragrant Hills
Fragrant Hills
Park is recognized as one of the major tourist attractions in Beijing. When autumn arrives, the natural scenery in the park turns spectacular, with fiery red smoke tree leaves covering the mountain side. Every year, thousands of tourists ride the cable cars through the park in order see the hills in autumn colors. The grand opening of the annual Red Leaf Festival of Beijing
takes place there. There is also the Fragrant Hill Hotel, designed by I. M. Pei, which is more traditional than most of his designs. Routes[edit] There are two main routes through the park. One route goes through the north area, with Spectacles Lake (Yanjing Lake) and the bridge, Study of Reading Heart (Jianxin Zhai) and Bright Temple (Zhao Miao). Study of Reading Heart was built in the Ming Dynasty (1368 to 1644) and is a landscaped park inside Fragrant Hills
Fragrant Hills
Park. Bright Temple is a large Tibetan style lamasery complex built in 1780 as the residence for the sixth Panchen Lama
Panchen Lama
during his visits to the Qianlong Emperor. Buildings in the complex have partially been burned down. Among the surviving treasures are a majestic glazed-tiled archway in front of the complex, a terrace and a glazed-tiled pagoda. Bells hung on the eaves of the pagoda chime in breeze. The second route leads through the south area of the park. Main attractions along the route include Tranquility Green Lake (Jingcui Lake), Shuangqing Villa, Fragrant Temple, and Incense Burner Peak. This route is more difficult because it leads across the highest peak, Incense Burner Peak. Another point of interest in the park is the Shuangqing Villa, once the residence of Mao Zedong
Mao Zedong
and also an early site for the headquarters of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. The Temple of Azure Clouds
Temple of Azure Clouds
(Biyun Si) is located just outside the north gate of Fragrant Hills
Fragrant Hills
Park. External links[edit]

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Xiangshan Park. Official site of Beijing
Xiangshan Park. Fragrant Hills
Fragrant Hills
Park. Official site of the Beijing
2008 Olympic Games.

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