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jingshan parkJingshan Park, a beautiful royal landscape garden, lies directly north of the Forbidden City and a short way east of BeiHai Park. It is originally an imperial garden but now a national 4-AAAA tourist attraction park. Situated in the center of Beijing City, Jingshan Park covers an area of 230,000 square meters. The park filled with fruit trees, pines and cypress trees is centered around a hill; Jingshan hill, also known as Coal Hill and Feng Shui Hill (as its situation has significant meaning in Feng Shui). The hill was constructed with the earth and rocks excavated from the moat of the Imperial Palace and nearby canals in the Ming Dynasty. The last emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Chongzhen, committed suicide here in 1644. In 1750, the 15th year of emperor QianLong's reign, five pavilions were built on the hill, followed by the construction of a number of halls.

People visit Jingshan Park mainly for three reasons. The first is to see the best panoramic view of the Forbidden City and Beijing City.  Jingshan consists of five individual peaks which draw the approximate historical axis of central Beijing. On the top of each peak lies an elaborate pavilion. Of all the five pavilions Wanchun Pavilion (Ten Thousand Spring Pavilion) is the most popular one.

inside the parkSitting in the centre of the five summits as well as the hill, Wanchun Pavilion is the highest point in Beijing. It is a perfect place to taking a bird's-eye view of Beijing City ; splendid and magnificent Forbidden City in the south, dignified Bell and Drum Towers in the north, along with Beihai Park and  White Dagoba Temple in the west. The meticulous rectangular-shape layout of Beijing City is all in your eyes. The second reason is to see 200 varieties of peonies. The best time of visiting Jingshan Park is from late April to mid-May as hundreds of thousands of peonies are in full bloom. The third reason is to experience the authentic lifestyle of Old Beijing. JingShan Park is quite popular with locals who gather together to exercise, play music, sing and dance.

The opening time of JingShan Park is from 6:00am to 9:30pm and the admission fee is quite cheap: only 2 RMB! You can combine a visit to JingShan Park with Beihai Park which is nearby.


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