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An artificial park at the center of Beijing

An artificial park at the center of Beijing

Jingshan

Jingshan

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).

Lotus

Lotus

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).

Forbidden City

Forbidden City

Also, stand in the very center of Beijing (Figure 4)!

Center of Beijing

Center of Beijing

If you are lucky, you can see the ultimate Chinese stereotype at work (Figure 5).

SLR cameras

SLR cameras

Or take some romantic photos or your friends (Figure 6).

 Jingshan

 Jingshan

But if you do any intense climbing, make sure you are not doing it in front of the security cameras (Figure 7)!

Climbing, Jingshan

Climbing, Jingshan

Jingshan is a beautiful stroll, whether it is to relax, socialize or just be tourists (Figure 8).

Jingshan

Jingshan

Tips:

  1. It’s only 2 yuan to get in, so it is absolutely worth it going to on a nice day!
  2. Choose a clear day to go.
Shandong Dining & Etiquette

Shandong Dining & Etiquette

Huffing and puffing to the top of the Great Wall

Huffing and puffing to the top of the Great Wall