|We biked and the hiked up to see this view!|
We had the option of taking a bus to Badachu, which is a park north of there at the bottom of the Fragrant Hills or Xiangshan, or bike there.
My friend looked at it on the map app she had on her phone and it said it was 7.5km to get there, so we figured we could bike it there.
Luckily last night I had a test run so today wasn't as scary. And with gorgeous blue skies, why not enjoy them with the sunshine?
We set off and our route was mostly straight or turning right so it was fine for the most part. Also the bike lanes were a good way to keep safe from the cars, though they were patient if you were in front of them.
However we must have ridden way more than 7.5km because it took almost an hour to get there!
Nevertheless after we arrived, we had to use our legs even more -- climbing up the hill! Badachu means "Eight Great Sites" in terms of Buddhist monasteries and nunneries.
Both of us don't know much about Buddhism, though we saw some monks prostrating themselves in front of Buddha statues and many lighting big sticks of incense and praying.
Here is the view of Linguang Temple in the distance, and to our right a view of Beijing from below. Apart from the fantastic weather, there weren't too many people either.
To get down, we could take the cable car but we chose to slide down on a kind of plastic sled with brakes, but sitting up. My friend opted for speed, on the metal slide, while I made it down relatively gently!
Needless to say we were quite tired after our double workout but it was definitely memorable and fun.