We kept seeing a pavilion on top of the hill as we walked through the Forbidden City and kept thinking: this is a great place to see the City from, cant wait till we get there! Well, turns out it is across the road and isnt part of the Forbidden City. So we set off to visit the park on another day. It was worth a separate trip: beautiful park with a lot of shady areas to hide from the sun, grim history as you come across the tree on which one of the Emperors hung himself, more people excercising, dancing and singing (that last one wasnt necessarily a good thing though...) and after a very short climb (we just came back from Himalayas at the time, so to us this was practically flat) you get impressive views of the Forbidden City and the rest of Beijing. It did get quite crowded at the top, but nothing we couldnt handle and it was a national holiday.
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