Badachu park is one of the highlights of the city’s many cheap and free options. Whether you’re searching for a park for walking, hunting for somewhere to contemplate, or after the perfect picnic spot, you can’t go wrong with Badachu Park.
The Badachu, most well known as Badachu Park, is a group of temples and monasteries on the outer region of urban Beijing. The term ‘Badachu’ means the eight great sites, and refers to the eight different Buddhist temples scattered throughout the park.
Besides the temple complex, Badachu park offer fun toboggan run for going down–much longer than Mutianyu’s toboggan, kids would love it.
8. The Chang’an Temple
The Chang’an Temple, translated to the Temple of Eternal Peace or Perpetual Peace, in an ancient historical site having been constructed more than ten dynasties ago according to Chinese history. In previous years, the temple was frequently visited hosting popular Arhat statues; however, after the features were damaged the temple was closed to the public. It is, however, still possible to view the temple from outside and walk through the exterior gardens.
7. The Lingguang Temple
The Lingguang Temple was originally erected during the Tang Dynasty in 618 AD. The most significant aspect of this temple, also known as the Temple of Light, is the status of Sakyamuni. Sakyamuni is considered the founder of Buddhism and the statue is found in the temple weighing over three tons. It is one of the holiest temples for all Buddhist monks and is frequented by the monks from all over Beijing.
6. The Sanshan Nunnery
The Sanshan Nunnery or Nunnery of the Three-Hills sits between the three hills along the outskirts of Beijing’s valley. One of the most significant features in this nunnery is the inkstone measuring 38 feet long, 10 feet wide, and weighing approximately 45 tons – the largest inkstone in China.
5. The Dabei Temple
The Dabei Temple, also known as the Temple of Great Mercy, is noted for its lifelike arhat statues similar to the Chang’an Temple. This monastery presents the arhats in the Hall of Mahavira and the statues are made of sandalwood powder that gives off a scent of sandalwood.
The temple was formed during the Yuan Dynasty (1271 AD- 1368 AD) and has two towering gingko trees that are said to have stood in the monastery since that time.
4. The Longquan Nunnery
Found to the west of the Dabei Temple, the Longquan Nunnery is a location known for the everlasting spring. This is a spring that has clear water and does not dry up regardless of the climate.
3. The Xiangjie Temple
The largest monastery in the Badachu Park is the Xiangjie Temple. This monastery presents with five courtyards and was originally used as a residence for the Emperor Kangxi during the Qing Dynasty. When travelling to this temple, visitors are will come across a glacial erratic boulder that was formed over two million years ago.
2. The Baozhu Temple
The Baozhu Temple, also known as the Temple of the Precious Pearl, is most well known for the pebble cave in its Guanyin Hall. The pebbles on the wall shine similar to pearls and this was said to be one of Emperor Qianlong’s favorite features (from the Qing Dynasty).
1. The Zhengguo Temple
The Zhengguo Temple can be found on Lushi Hill – a location far away from all the other temples. This monastery is oldest of all eight temples and it is said that Lushi once studied as a monk in this temple.
How to get there: Take Subway Line 1 to Pingguoyuan, then get out from the northeast exit D. At Pingguoyuan Ditie Beimen Bus Stop, Take bus 972 and get off at Badachu Station. Address: Badachu Lu, Shijingshan District.