Jingshan Park, Beijing

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44 Jingshanxi Street, Xicheng 010-64038098
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    Jingshan Park by night

    by blueskyjohn Updated Oct 13, 2013

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    Jingshan Park is directly north of Forbidden Palace. Most people visit the park in early mornings and day time. However, i recommend taking some time to visit the park in the evening as well. A lot less crowds and a peaceful night walk. The city is beautifully lit, especially forbidden city and the Lama stupa at Bei Hai park. While you not see any of the gardens very well, you have the benefit of the features lit up and makes for a very nice setting.

    Entry to the park is 2rmb. November through March, the park hours are 6:30am to 8:00pm. From April through October is 6:00am to 9:00pm.

    Address: North of Forbidden City

    Forbidden City Bei Hai Park in the background
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    The best park I have ever visited !

    by loja Written Sep 3, 2013

    Jingshan park was just 5 minutes walk from our hotel . Entrance fee is just 10 Yuan.

    In 1900-s this park was the part of the Forbidden city

    This is the most beautiful, peacful ( can I say so? probably yes...) place. People around you, they just enjoy sitting here, or dancing, or singing, maybe playing some sports or just painting some hieroglyphs on an asphalt. This is the place where you can sit and enjoy your life :-)

    Don't forget to smile and say ''Ni Hao'' to the local people. They will smile back to you, be shure!

    Also near Jingshan park is locted a Beihai Park which was the imperial garden. So Beijing parks isn't just a free-time-spending places, this is all historycal places!

    Must visit 100%

    Address: North of Forbidden City

    Directions: Jingshan park is located near the Forbidden City.

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    Jingshan Park.

    by IreneMcKay Written Jul 10, 2013

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    This beautiful park is located immediately behind the Forbidden City. The park is set on an artificial hill formed from the soil excavated when digging the Forbidden City's moat nearly a 1000 years ago.

    The park has great views over the Forbidden City. It had several pretty wooden pavillions. During our visit it was filled with stunning spring blossoms. Beautiful.

    Jingshan Park has five peaks, and on the top of each there is an elaborate painted wooden pavilion. These pavilions were used by palace officials for leisure purposes. The park is sometimes referred to as Coal Hill.

    In 1644 the last emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Chongzhen, committed suicide by hanging himself here.

    Address: North of Forbidden City

    Pavillion with blossoms. Now you see me. Now you don't.
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    Jingshan Park

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The park consist of a large hill just north of the Forbidden City. The park gives great views of the Forbidden City, Behai Park and Beijing in general.

    The earlier picture overlooking the fordidden city was taken from here

    Directions: Just North of the Forbidden City

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    Jingshan Park

    by Green_Frog Written Jul 26, 2010

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    To get away from all the crowds of the Forbidden City, we headed to Jingshan Park.

    Entry fee to the park is 2RMB per person.

    Walked all the way to the top to observe the Forbidden City from this vantage point - you will be in awe at the sheer size of the City from up here.

    Whilst at Jingshan Park ... Y not dress up in the Imperial costumes???? We paid 20RMBs for all three of us to look this great!!!

    Address: North of Forbidden City

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    Jingshan Park

    by nepalgoods Updated Dec 12, 2009

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    North of the Forbidden City is Jingshang Park. From the Pavillon of Eternal Peace you have a wonderful view over the Palace. This Park had been an Imperial Garden during Ming and Qing Dynasty. Later people used to store coal there. That is why this park is also called Coal Hill.

    One famous incident took place here in 1644, when Emperor Chongzhen killed himself being afraid of some rebells.

    This is a very good place to watch people doing their Tai Ji exercise or dance or dooing something else for their health.

    Address: North of Forbidden City

    Directions: The park is located at the North of the Imperial Palace, when you leave the palace through the North Gate you just cross the street and you are in Jingshan Park.
    The park is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    Jingshan Park from the Palace
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    Dress-ups in Imperial Costume

    by lindyz Written Oct 1, 2009

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    This was the first place we saw this, and it ended up being the cheapest place also! We saw many dress-up places on our trip, but this one was by far the cheapest, costing only 15rmb each = about $3AUD to dress up and take pictures with YOUR camera. The others we saw ranged from 30rmb-50rmb. These are great value for money shots. We were thinking we would only get to take one each individual and then maybe have to pay another 15rmb to get a photo taken together, but the lady there took about 10 shots of us together, at no extra fee.

    It was very very hot this day and I remember the costume being so heavy and hot, I couldnt wait to take it off. Also, the thing on your head is wooden and quite heavy, and I tried to wave a fly away and the thing nearly fell of my head - funny!

    I think you really have to do this - its cheap and they are great fun shots. Although I really would like to know what the chinese sign says above our heads - does it say "you look like idiots!" or does it say "sucked in, we ripped you off!"???

    Directions: Near Wanchun Pavillion in Jingshan Park

    Imperial women! Great shots Crooked! The sneakers dont really compliment the outfit! Good memories

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    Jingshan Park

    by lindyz Written Oct 1, 2009

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    When you come out of the North Gate of Forbidden City, you just have to use the tunnel under the road and you are at the main entrance to Jingshan Park, at the South Gate. Entrance to the park is a whole 2rmb = about .30cAUD.

    This park is beautiful, I saw the greenest grass here I have ever seen in my life. The highlight here is climbing the many steps up to the highest Pavillion, which is the Wanchun Pavillion, and from here you will get the most amazing spectactular panoramic views over the whole of Beijing. The day we were here, the skies were very clear and we could see for miles and miles.

    The Chinese People just love to relax, chill and exercise in their Parks. Here, we found people dancing to a Jennifer Lopez song, playing foot hockey and just generally relaxing. Chinese Parks are a great place to sit down and just watch the world go by - that is one of my favourite holiday things to do - just people-watch.

    View from the top of Wanchun Pavillion The greenest lawn Ive ever seen View to Behai Park and the White Dagoba View from top Pavillion to the North People dancing to Jennifer Lopez!

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    Views from Jingshan Park

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 8, 2009

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    Jingshan consists of five individual peaks, and on the top of each peak there lies an elaborate pavilion. These pavilions were used by officials for gathering and leisure purposes. The main pavilion contains a copper Buddha and this offers the best views over the Forbidden City, the modern city skyscrapers to the east, the drum and bell towers to the north and the White Dagoba in the nearby Beihai Park to the west.

    Address: North of Forbidden City

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    Jingshan Park

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 8, 2009

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    Jingshan Park (literally "Prospect Hill") is an artificial hill located just to the north of the Forbidden City, across the road from the Gate of Divine Prowess. The 45-metre high hill was made from the earth dug out to form the moat that surrounds the Forbidden City. Jingshan consists of five individual peaks, and on the top of each peak there lies an elaborate pavilion. These pavilions were used by officials for gathering and leisure purposes. As well as these, there are some lovely gardens to walk around plus the views from the top overlooking the Forbidden City are superb.

    Admission: RMB5

    Address: North of Forbidden City

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    Stand on the top of Beijing

    by echowangxian Written Jul 12, 2009

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    Jingshan Park, a beautiful royal landscape garden, is situated in the center of Beijing City. Covering an area of 230,000 square meters (about 57 acres), the park stands on the central point of the south-north axis of Beijing City and faces the north gate of the Forbidden City.The mid summit of Jingshan is the highest point in Beijing. Looking from the peak, it is a full view of the Forbidden City, and if the weather is good you could see many other symbol buildings of beijing as well.

    Address: North of Forbidden City

    Directions: North of Forbidden City

    Phone: 86)10-64000300 or (86)10-5166091

    Website: http://beijingimpression.com/

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    Water calligraphy

    by JohanIsWeg Updated Jul 9, 2009

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    Water calligraphy has grown in popularity as a branch of more traditional calligraphy over the last 12 years. This is possibly as a result of its popularity among tourists and also provides an opportunity for the elderly practitioners to exercise and socialise.
    Artists dip long-handled brushes in water and produce delicately sculpted writing on pavers. These remain for a short while and then slowly evaporate, leaving a blank canvas for the next thought or expression.
    Jingshan Park is an excellent destination to stand enthralled by these septuagenarian artists and their ilk.
    Open from 0600 to 1900.

    Address: Jingshan Park

    Directions: North of Forbidden City on Jingshan Hill

    Water calligraphy in Jingshan Park
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    Jingshan Park - after Forbidden City tour!

    by Penelope4 Written Jul 1, 2009

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    I actually wanted to rest after that exhausting tour of the Forbidden City. It was a lovely day so I was not surprised to see locals sitting on all of the benches. I kept walking hoping that I could find my own little place for a nap. However, I forgot about my plan when I heard opera singers practising some good piece. Chinese landscape is breathtaking! And then I saw people playing some games and a group of people gathered in a big crowd. There was an entertaining performance even at 3 pm on a hot summer day! I joined the locals for some time and then I headed off to one of the pavilions and did I enjoy the great views!!!

    Jingshan Park was known as Wansuishan until 1655. Jingshan means scenic hills. It is about 23 hectares and has a height of 43-meters. It has several thousands of trees such as peonies, pine trees and other ancient trees. It is worth climbing the stairs as it leads to pavilions built in the reign of Qing Emperor Qianlong. They are called Wonderful View Pavilion, Surrounding View Pavilion, Ten Thousand Springs Pavilion (is on the summit and offers the best view) and Harmonious Fragrance Pavilion. What a great place to be in! Birds are singing everywhere, fresh air, happy people having a good time - I love it!

    Ticket costs 2 RMB only.

    Address: North of Forbidden City

    Directions: Just keep on walking straight from the Forbidden City.

    A breathtaking view from one of the pavilions The past and the present architecture That's the summit of all pavilions. Let's climb it A couple having a nap. Cute eh?

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    just in Front of the Forbidden City

    by machomikemd Written Jun 22, 2009

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    Jingshan park is also immediately north of the Forbidden City on the central axis of Beijing. Originally an imperial garden, it is now a public park, known as Jingshan Park. Before it was connected to the forbidden city by a moat but is now separated by a street. Jingshan consists of five individual peaks, and on the top of each peak there lies an elaborate pavilion. These pavilions were used by officials for gathering and leisure purposes. These five peaks also draws the approximate historical axis of central Beijing.

    Address: North of Forbidden City

    entrance the artificial hill where last ming emperor hanged
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    Jinshan Park

    by SLLiew Written Sep 23, 2008

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    Located across the street of the north exit of the Forbidden City, Jinshan Park has a quiet cypress garden and an artificial hill with a Buddhist temple at the top overlooking the Forbidden City.

    If you have a choice, pick a clear day and you can see the wonderful panaromic view of all directions of Beijing - Forbidden City and National Theatre of Performing Art in the south, the Drum and Bell Tower in the north, the CCTV building in the new Central Business District in the East and the Bei Hai Park in the west.

    You can climb up the steps to the top of the hill from all 4 directions. At the top, it is crowded with many tourists and photographers. Worth the climb.

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