Jingshan Park

Address: No.1 Wenjin Rd. Xicheng Dis.
Tel: +86-10-64033225
Website: www.beihaipark.com.cn
Entrance Fee: 10 RMB

 

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top of jingshan park

Introduction

Jingshan Park, also known as Coal Hill, sits directly north of the Forbidden City. The park spans 57 acres and is centred on a large hill. This hill was created in 1420 during the construction of the moat around the Forbidden City, with earth removed form the moat used to create the hill. This mount is the highest point in the otherwise flat Beijing area, an is also good from a Feng Shui point of view, as a residence should be built to the south of a mountain (in this case the residence being the Forbidden City). The park was not open to the public during imperial times and was reserved only for the elite. Another noteworthy fact about Jingshan Park is that the last Ming emperor committed suicide within the grounds of the park.

There are many structures that stand within the park. Guarding the front gate, visitors can see the Qiwang Pavilion, surrounded by green cypresses. This was originally the place for emperors to worship the memorial tablet of Confucius. The park has five summits, each with its own pavilion. Among the five pavilions, the Wanchun Pavilion (Ten Thousand Spring Pavilion) is the most well known and sits at the hill’s highest point. This pavilion, as well as the rest of the park, is known for it’s wonderful views. Visitors are able to see the Forbidden City, the Bell and Drum Towers, Beihai Park and the White Dagoba from this spot, as well as affording impressive view of Beijing.

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