An artificial park at the center of Beijing
Jingshan (景山), or literally “Prospect Hill”, used to be an imperial park directly to the north of the Forbidden City that is built from the dirt dug out from the moats surrounding the Imperial Palace. Today, it is a public park for tourists and locals alike (Figure 1).
The best time to go is on a clear day (which is quite rare in Beijing) during sunset. Luckily, we went on one of those days. Upon entering, you are greeted by a garden of lotus flowers (Figure 2).
Take a stroll up to the top where the largest pavilion is situated (perhaps not right after you climbed the Great Wall like we did…).
There, you can get a glamorous view of the Forbidden City just glistening in the sun (Figure 3).
Also, stand in the very center of Beijing (Figure 4)!
If you are lucky, you can see the ultimate Chinese stereotype at work (Figure 5).
Or take some romantic photos or your friends (Figure 6).
But if you do any intense climbing, make sure you are not doing it in front of the security cameras (Figure 7)!
Jingshan is a beautiful stroll, whether it is to relax, socialize or just be tourists (Figure 8).
- It’s only 2 yuan to get in, so it is absolutely worth it going to on a nice day!
- Choose a clear day to go.