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Jingshan Park – Best Place to Overlook Forbidden City

Jingshan Park, just to the north of the Forbidden City in the heart of Beijing, Jingshan Park is an imperial park , offers one of the best views in the city.

Jingshan Park Facts

Jingshan Park

Jingshan Park, located in the central axes of Beijing and adjacent to Forbidden City, is the highest point of Beijing Old Imperil City. It offers a fantastic panoramic view of Forbidden City as well as modern Beijing.

Type: Historical Sites, Architectural Buildings

Best Seasons: All seasons, especially spring and autumn.

Recommended Visiting Time: 1~2 hours

Opening Hours: Apr – Oct: 6:30 to 21:00 / Nov – Mar: 6:30 to 20:00

Tickets: Apr to Oct: 10RMB / Nov to Mar: 5RMB

Address: No.44 Jingshan West Street, Xichengcheng District, Beijing 100009, China

Located in the center of Beijing and facing the north gate of the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park is superbly landscaped with hills to ascend by steps, clear lakes, and dignified ancient buildings. It used to be one of the ancient imperial gardens in Beijing and now has developed as a peaceful public park.

Highlights of Jingshan Park

Though Jingshan Park is not very big, you can have an enjoyable experience. There are ancient towers and colorful flowers for sightseeing and there are many local people playing interesting traditional instruments. The most exciting thing is watching Forbidden City in sunset time.

Jingshan Park

Getting a Perfect View of Forbidden City

The central pavilion (Wanchun Pavilion) on the top of Prospect hill provides a perfect prospective of Forbidden City and you can clearly see the palace’s traditional layout and vast architectures from above. The climb has many steps involved, but it is quite easy with helpful handrails. When the sun goes down, you can get amazed by the russet roofing of Forbidden City and the skyline of Beijing City in distance.

Apart from the panoramic view, Jingshan Park is also an ideal site to shoot the north corner tower of Forbidden City. In the clear days, the corner tower, the surrounding trees, the moat and the reflections make up a harmonious composition of a picture which is the pursuit of many photographers.

Jingshan Park

Admiring the Old Architectures

Qiwang Tower (绮望楼):Standing at the foot of Jingshan Hill, Qiwang Tower was firstly built to enshrine the memorial tablet of Confucius during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1736 ~ 1796) in Qing Dynasty. Now it acts as a cultural exhibition site for calligraphy, paintings and porcelain. Decorated with double eaves and glazed tiled roof and surrounded by white marble stone fence, it fully shows the majesty of imperial buildings.

Five Pavilions on the Hill (山脊五亭): Prospect Hill has five featured peaks and there is one elegantly-designed pavilion erected on each peak, including Zhoushang Pavilion (周赏亭), Guanmiao Pavilion (观妙亭), Wanchun Pavilion (万春亭), Jifang Pavilion (辑芳亭) and Fulan Pavilion (富览亭). All the pavilions are delicately designed and decorated and you can explore the architectural style of ancient China. Wanchun Pavilion, located on the central peak, is the best site for bird’s-eye view of the surrounding. Location and Transportation

Located in the downtown of Beijing, Jingshan Park borders Beihai Park in west and faces Forbidden City in south. It is just separated from Forbidden City by the palace moat.

Adjacent to Forbidden City

7km to Temple of Heaven, about 30 minutes’ driving

18km to Summer Palace, about 45 minutes’ driving

70km to Mutianyu Great Wall, about 1.5 hours’ driving

With lots of bus stations nearby, like Xibanqiao Station (西板桥站), Jingshan Back Street Station (景山后街站), Jingshan East Street Station (景山东街站), Jingshan East Gate Station (景山东门站), etc., you can easily get to Jingshan Park by a public bus. Subway Line 8 is also accessible to take you to Shichahai Station (什刹海站), from which you can walk about 1km to the north gate of Jingshan Park.

Travel with Travel Tour China

If you want to get rid of hustle of public transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private tour package which covers sightseeing, dining and transfer from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to Mutianyu Great Wall with speed and convenience, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on sightseeing.

How to Plan a Beijing Tour with Jingshan Park

Beijing is always known as the premier tourist destination for the first comers to China. It takes at least 2 or 3 days to explore the land marks in Beijing. In 3 short days, you can not only admire the collection of imperial architectures, like Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven, but also get amazed by China's modern buildings (Bird's Nest and Water Cube). Of course, you can’t miss panoramic view of Forbidden City from Jingshan Park. Then you will enjoy a hiking experience on man-made wonder – Great Wall of China. Moreover, riding a rickshaw to experience Beijing Hutongs and visiting a local family will make your trip memorable as well. It is also available to take part in some featured classes in Hutong, like paper cuttings, Chinese hand-writing and facial makeup painting. With one more day, pay a visit Summer Palace – the largest and best-preserved royal garden in China. It is also recomended to travel 798 Art Zone to get an artsy vibe which stands in contrast to the old atmosphere of Beijing's historic sights.

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