Jingshan Park in Beijing is located in front of the north gate of the Forbidden City and is well worth a visit if only for the view of the city that it offers.
Entry to the park is only 2RMB and the site, which covers 230,000 square meters, features a number of pavilions dating back to around 1750 along with native gardens.
The pavilions, which once contained copper casts of Buddhist Deities prior to being plundered during a civilian uprising in the 1900’s, are specially positioned to offer a unique experience to the senses.
For example, the ‘All Round View Pavillion’ is located such that it offers a 360 degree view of the park and the city outside of the park walls, another of the five pavilions is located such that it receives all the aromas of the gardens below and aptly named the ‘Pavillion of Gathering Fragrance’.
Jingshan Park Address in Chinese
北京景山公园 Beijing Jingshan Gongyuan – 44 Jingshan West Street, Xicheng District, Beijing
Hours: 06:30 – 21:00 (summer time) – 06:30 – 20:00 (winter time)
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