Silver Pagoda Loop | Views from the mountain behind the Silver Pagodas
Views from the mountain behind the Silver Pagodas

Silver Pagodas to East Water Valley Village

Pass the Silver Pagodas on the way to the peak of Silver Mountain, then head on over the hills on narrow paths and field trails.

Level 4
4 hours start to finish over 12km (Can I do it?)

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This hike is a great way to see the sights of the countryside on a long ramble through the hills of Huairou and Changping.

We start off with a walk through a small village, stopping for a quick look at a 300-year-old performance stage, and then follow a semi-secret trail that takes us over to the Silver Pagodas.

The site of the Silver Pagodas dates back to the Tang Dynasty (618–907 AD), with the pagodas built in the 1400s. The silver bells of the pagodas used to ring in the breeze, and are the source of the name of this peaceful spot. Five pagodas and a few stupas still stand there, with the foundations of the temples easy to spot.

We’ll take a quick look about the pagodas before we climb up to the 600m-plus peak of Silver Mountain.

Steep stairs lead up to the top, passing fancifully named rocks and cliffs and an open platform with a large bell. We’ll hike all the way up, and from the peak of the mountain we’ll have broad views of the surrounding countryside, including the pass in the hills that we’ll cross on the way to East Water Valley Village.

Lunch break at an old quarry on the back side of Silver Mountain
Lunch break at an old quarry on the back side of Silver Mountain. (Click for larger image)

A steep hill trail takes us down through an old quarry and on to Longevity Village, following field trails through chestnut orchards. We’ll take a stroll through the streets of Longevity Village before heading up into the hills again. Field paths through yet more chestnut orchards take us towards taller hills.

We’ll climb a zig-zagging path up a steep hill to and take a break at the pass before heading down to East Water Valley Village, following a largely disused trail down into a wild valley and then out to finish at the village.

What to bring on this hike

Reasons you might not enjoy this hike

  • Parts of the hike go through areas that are not commonly walked, and the trail can get bushy and scratchy, especially in summer.

 

Because of the COVID-19 situation we have some extra terms and conditions for participation.

In particular:

  • DO NOT participate if you are sick or showing symptoms of fever and/or have an elevated temperature, or have been in close contact with someone who was.
  • DO NOT participate if you have not completed any required quarantine after your return to Beijing.
  • You MUST agree to the mitigation and prevention measures outlined here and that Beijing Hikers will not be held responsible if any participants become sick.

Please read in full here: Operating hikes under COVID-19 precautions

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