Gouya Natural Scenic Spot in Beijing, is in the Chang Ping District, which is approximately twenty five miles from downtown Beijing near the De Sheng Ko Reservoir. It is sometimes referred to as the Ditch Cliff Natural Scenic Area or Gougouya, which means “cliffs with many valleys”, as the topography does contain cliffs within the valleys and gorges below the cliffs. The site covers over a thousand acres of an immense natural forest. It contains eight valleys, twenty two peaks and nine mountains, the highest of which is almost seventeen hundred meters high. Beijing, meaning “northern capital”, is the heart of the People’s Republic of China, and this scenic spot is one of northern China’s most important Taoist sites. It contains more than seventy temples, some as early as the Yuan Dynasty.
The wonderful natural beauty and amount of temples make this both a recreational and cultural destination. For a long time the area called the Top Eight Scene of Gouya has been a popular summer resort for main dignitaries and artists. Now open to the public, this spot has become a great vacation retreat for local residents and tourists. There are hiking trails and visitors can fish, go rafting or pick fruit.