The Silver Pagoda Loop hike is a countryside walk that is reasonably easy, except for the big climb up to the peak of Silver Mountain.
As well as getting a look at the pagodas, we had a glimpse of the lifestyle of Beijing’s rural residents as we walked through small villages.
We started our loop hike at Haizi Village, and hiking guide Mill pointed out the peak we were due to climb later in the day. From far below it looks very steep, but our hiking trail takes us around the back of the mountain and up a path that gives a slower climb up to the top. It’s still a fairly big climb, but easy enough if you take it slow.
We had great views from the top, with the far off Huanghuacheng Great Wall visible off in the distance – quite a surprise, as the smog in Beijing was nearly at airpocolypse levels.
From the peak we hiked down to the pagodas, and we had them all to ourselves. Beautiful and peaceful.