Jingshan Park – 景山公园
Jingshan Gongyuan ( 景山公园) is one of my favorite destinations in this big city called Beijing. This park is not well known across the tourists as it is not flagged on tourist guides compared to the neighboorhood parks of Beihai or Houhai.
This visit is often included in a triptych Tiananmen – Forbidden City – Jingshan. After several hours walking on Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City, they often skipped this place.
This is unfortunate as this park got a specific atmosphere and you can discover easily Chinese culture and practices. I often met some traditional music bands, some people practicing Taishi or other Chinese sports and some chorals who sing old Chinese songs.
This site is called Jingshan Gongyuan ( 景山公园) or Coal Hill. This hill was built by workers during the construction of Forbidden City to protect the site from chilly northern winds. Several Temples are in the parc and the most famous one is in the top of the hill.
I went several times to this place since I landed in Beijing and it was each time delightful (entrance ticket from 2 to 5 RMB). Summer time is the perfect period to visit as it is green and shady. It is a fresh site with a calm atmosphere compared to the crowded roads around.
The ‘must’ thing is the panoramic view from the top of Coal hill – Impressive perspective on the Forbidden City and the neighborhoods (North – Drum and Bell Towers, West – Beihai Park…). The geographical center of Beijing city is the Forbidden City and the Jinshan hill is the culminating peak for several kilometers.
Visitors should also walk in the side-paths and other roads of the park to discover Chinese culture and art. I had the “chance” to visit this site during a summer storm and lot of people were still there dancing and singing.
This is definitely a place to visit when you come to Beijing… If you are lucky, the weather will be ok and you can enjoy an impressive panoramic view from the top of the hill.
More pictures are available on my Flickr’s page.