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“Excellent view over the Forbidden City (Palace Museum)”

Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan)
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Ancient Beijing Beijing Hutong Lama Temple Jingshan Park and Olympic Stadium by...
Ranked #14 of 1,608 things to do in Beijing
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Located on the highest point in Beijing City, this park was built in 1179 during the Jin Dynasty and today provides visitors with sweeping views of the Forbidden City located below.
Waterloo, Canada
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“Excellent view over the Forbidden City (Palace Museum)”
Reviewed 31 May 2014

What makes this park stand out over all the other parks in Beijing is that it offers a vantage point to look over the Forbidden City. The temple on top of the hill is directly north of the main halls of the Forbidden City so the best light for photos is early in the morning when (at this time of year) the sun is north of east or near sunset. Early morning also offers good light for the White Dagoba of Beihei Park. It was hazy when we went so there were a lot of disappointed photographers with fancy cameras and tripods at the temple but one could imagine that, on a clear day (which is probably a rare event during a Beijing summer), the view would be spectacular.

Visited May 2014
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Newcastle, California
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“Beautiful park!”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

Parks in the middle of a crowded city like this are the highlight a a trip! This one is particularly beautiful.

Visited May 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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“Best view of the Forbidden City”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

If you don't have time or patience to visit the Forbidden City, then just go to Jingshan Park. It will be crowded like most places in Beijing, but here you have the best view of the Forbidden City, especially on a clear day.

Visited April 2014
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Budapest, Hungary
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“Beautiful view of the Forbidden City and Beijing Skyline from atop the hill”
Reviewed 27 May 2014

It is a beautiful park by default, but the fact that there is a huge man-made hill in the middle with a beautiful pagoda on top makes it even more amazing. Go there to see the sunset. it is truly beautiful. You also get a nice view of the Forbidden City. Basically, this is the only place in the neighborhood that is taller than the Palace itself.

Entrance fee is 10 or maybe 20 RMB. Very cheap, so I do not remember. I remember however that the ticket inspector did not stop Chinese people for their tickets, only non-Asian people were seemed to have to buy a ticket.

Visited May 2014
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“Park built from the soil of the moat”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Situated at the end of the Forbidden City, this part was build from the soil dug from building the moat the surronds the Forbidden City.

Look out for supposedly the tree where the last emperor of Ming Dynasty hung himself when the palace was invaded by Ching soldiers

Visited May 2014
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