Mountainous Summer Retreat
Located in Chicheng County, Hebei Province, 130 kilometers away from Beijing’s city proper, Dahaituo National Nature Reserve is an ideal escape from the summer heat for urbanites.
At the border between three counties – Chicheng, Yanqing, and Huailai – Dahaituo covers more than 10,000 hectares and features a typical mountainous forest ecosystem with incredible biodiversity.
Growing in its alpine meadows 1,800 meters above sea level is a wide variety of flora such as nasturtiums, fragrant orchids, burnets, and coral lilies, as well as 125 species of birds and 29 species of beasts,including eastern imperial eagles, golden eagles, Himalayan gorals, and leopards.
At 2,241 meters, Haituo Mountain is the highest point in northern Beijing Municipality. The mountain is also called “Dage,” literally “bigger feather.” A legend goes that when Wang Cizhong, a calligrapher who standardized an official script during the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC), ascended to heaven as a bird, two feathers fell to the ground as Dage and Xiaoge (“smaller feather”) Mountain to the south. Atop Haituo Mountain is a flat alpine meadow extending 10 kilometers in length and 500 meters wide, with some parts as narrow as 100 meters.Visitors discover unparalleled views there on rainy days.
Driving tourists can take the Beijing-Tibet Expressway to the Kangzhuang Exit, and then follow signs leading to Songshan Nature Reserve to find the tourist resort.
Mountaineers may want to go further up to Haituo Village before climbing the mountain.
Florence to Beijing
On July 6, an exhibition titled “Renaissance in Florence ? Masterpieces and Protagonists” opened at the National Museum of China, offering an opportunity for Chinese visitors to learn about Florence’s splendid art and customs during the Renaissance. The exhibition brought 67 pieces from more than 20 Florentine museums and galleries, including masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael Sanzio, and Michelangelo. This is the first exhibition of a five-year cultural heritage cooperative project between China and Italy.