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Protecting the Forbidden City from icy winds and evil spirits, this 45m-high artificial hill is Beijing’s best park and a great vantage point, offering superb views over the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square beyond.
It was once part of Beijing’s imperial city, and is most famous as the site where the last Ming emperor hanged himself as peasant rebels stormed the capital in 1644.
The climb up to the ornate Wanchun Pavilion, the park’s most famous viewpoint, is relatively gentle, and on route you’re sure to pass groups of locals singing, dancing and playing music.
Getting there & doing it
Jingshan Park is essentially a square with entrances on its east, south and west sides. The south entrance directly faces the Forbidden City’s north (exit) gate, making it easy to combine both attractions – if you’ve got the energy!
The closest subway station is Nanluoguxiang (Line 6 & 8), a 15-minute walk away. Note that it is tricky to catch a taxi from the park gates, so be prepared to walk.
When to do it
Jingshan Park is open all year round, seven days a week.
To avoid the often extreme summer and winter temperatures, visit in spring and autumn. Try to choose a clear day for the best views.
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