Outdoor Activities in Beijing
Find inspiration on how to spend your leisure time in Beijing, with information on walking and hiking, walking and golf...
Travel by bicycle is popular in Beijing for both commuters and tourists. Urban bicycle rental is possible at many bike shops located near subway stations and tourist attractions. Hotels and hostels may also rent urban touring bikes. For the more adventurous and athletic cyclist, mountain bike trails are available in the Beijing region.
- Badachu Park, 30 Km west of Beijing, is a popular mountain biking location. Hilly and forested, experienced mountain bikers can enjoy challenging single track here.
- Miao Feng Shan Mountain is the closest mountain to the city of Beijing. The trail was once a pilgrims trail for people making a voyage to the Huiji temple. Today, cyclists can enjoy riding on the road or trails.
- Ming Tombs and Shisanling Reservoir, 55 Km north of Beijing provide a beautiful backdrop for mountain bikers of various levels. The more expert can take to technical trails while the less experienced can enjoy more leisurely circuits.
Hiking and Walking
Hikers and walkers in Beijing will find a variety of trails near Beijing.
- Jiufeng National Forest Park lies in the Haidan District approximately 55 Km northwest of Beijing. Jiufeng Peak has hiking trails.
- Lingshan Mountain, at just over 2300 metres in height, is the highest mountain in the Beijing area. Walkers can use the stairs or trail to reach the summit, though a chairlift and horses are available for the less athletic visitor. A small entry fee is required for all visitors. The town of Hongshuikou is 9 Km from the base and has accommodation for visitors who would like to stay overnight.
- Xiaolongmen Forest Park, at the base of Lingshan Mountain in the Mentoug District, covers nearly 16 square kilometres. A scenic forested park, it is 114 Km from Beijing.
- Miao Feng Shan Mountain is the closest mountain to the city of Beijing. The trail was once a pilgrims trail for people making a voyage to the Huiji temple. Today, walkers can still walk along the ancient trail, though modern roads may make it difficult to locate the trail in some locations.
- Songshan Mountain, with an altitude of just under 2200 metres, is the second-highest peak in the Beijing area. It lies in Songshan Forest Park, approximately 90 Km outside of Beijing but is reachable by bus from the city. The hilly terrain means visitors can enjoy beautiful valleys and waterfalls.
- Yunmengshan National Forest Park is approximately 93 Km from the centre of Beijing. A very lush park with sheer cliff faces, mountains, waterfalls and springs, it is a walker's paradise. The park tends to be misty in the summer. A small entry fee is payable.
The China Volkssport Association (CVA) promotes walking in China as a means toward better health and socialisation. The group maps routes and provides information on routes. Customised routes are available.
- China Volkssport Association
Beijing Today Walk Center
At: Unit 17DBuilding1 Ceatury Mansion No. 45 Xiaoguan Beili Chaoyang District, Beijing 100029
Tel: 010 8489 6319
There are more than 70 golf club in the Beijing area. As golf has become very popular in the region, clubs tend to be relatively restrictive with admission requirements.
- For a list from the Chinese government web portal of some of the most popular courses in the Beijing area: Click here