Eighteen Ponds lie within the borders of Anjiazhuang of Wangping Town in Mentougou District, and feature deep valley, unique stones, special streams and uncommon flowers as one of rare natural scenic spots in North China.
The pools group is backed by the Qingshuijian which is one of top 4 peaks in Beijing. There are roaring streams along peaks over peaks, waterfalls down from each cliff, ravines forming pools in the valley, forming a famous the natural landscape of "three-waterfall, six-scene and Eighteen Ponds" with distinct seasons. While, another scenery is revealed at the mouth of the valley: two door-like mountains overlooking the valley, zigzagging peaks, peculiar cliffs and stones, flying spring hitting against cliffs. There are also a great amount of birds, animals and flowers.
Shibatan (Eighteen Ponds) is scattered along the Yongding River, to the south of 109 National Highway. This natural landscape is only about 50 km away from the center of Beijing and is easy to reach with convenient transportation and clear road signs.
Two tradition activities are very popular and attract many tourists very year. One is “Mulberry Picking Festival” and the other is “Red leaves Scenery Festival”. The “Mulberry Picking Festival” lasts through every June and July, where tourists can taste mulberries and watch the lane of birds and fishes. The “Red leaves Scenery Festival” begins from September 15 and lasts till the end of November, where tourists can enjoy the wonderful and splendid view of red autumn leaves.