Experience the West Commuter Line towards Xiangshan
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Do you know that there is a commuter train that can take you through the blooming spring flower fields from Bagou to Xiangshan in just 22 minutes?
For those who want to spend a weekend without leaving Beijing, why not hop on the train and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the western part of Beijing? Here is a complete guide.
How to go there?
Use metro line 10 and get off at Bagou station via exit A. Once outside, you can spot the suburban line.
How much does it cost?
The journey, approximately 9.04 km long, costs between 3 RMB and 4 RMB.
What can I see along the way?
Get off at the second stop on the line and you will arrive at the West Gate of the Summer Palace. This former royal residence and garden is not only famous for its scenic spots and historical sites, but also for the picturesque mudan flowers that can be found dotting Kunming Lake here. A walk around the lake basking in the scent of these flowers is a wonderful combination.
National Botanical Garden
Besides 130 different varieties of tulips which are all in bloom, the garden also has almost 8,000 varieties of tropical and subtropical plants. You can enjoy all of this, along with the water lilies that dot a vast lake, while strolling along the many paths of the Botanical Garden.
Fragrant Hills Park
Although we can say that autumn is the best season to visit the last stop of this line, since the maple leaves dominate the whole hill, spring is also the ideal time to enjoy another type of countryside.
Did you know that Xiangshan Park is home to a variety of rare buttercup flowers? This is the perfect season for visitors to enjoy beautiful yellow, red and pink buttercups in full bloom.
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