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“Preferred way to see Forbidden City”

Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan)
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5-Hour Private Beijing Central Axis and Forbidden...
Ranked #18 of 1,618 things to do in Beijing
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Fee: Yes
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.
Reviewed June 24, 2013

Whenever visitors come to China, we always take them to this park just north of the Forbidden city exit. For 2 RMB entrance, you can walk to the top in 10 minutes and see the entire Forbidden city (on clear days). It's cool at the top if you stand under the temple overhang with the breeze.

And, there are significantly fewer people vs. going into the forbidden city.

Even if you decide to go into the forbidden city, it's worth crossing the street (underground) at the exit and spending an extra 30minutes to see the city from the top of this park.

Tips: don't listen to anyone who says it is closed and they can take you somewhere else (a standard scam). Same goes for forbidden city.

1  Thank rybickij
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

The entrance fee was less than $1 and totally worth it. There are a number of buildings and palaces (some closed) but the highlight is the hill. A not terribly strenuous climb (but not easy) leads to fantastic views (even with moderate pollution) of the Forbidden City as well as the Drum and Bell Towers. Definitely worth a visit after you have done the other "must sees" in Beijing. Only downside is that it is a bit of a hike from the subway so if you are traveling on your own, be prepared for a 15-20 minute walk.

Thank 5Psi
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

This park, created, we were told from soil left over from building the Imperial City, is a gem! From the top of the short climb to some of the small buildings, you get a bird's ey view of the Forbidden City. Walks in the garden area, itself, give you vistas of people practicing Tai'Chi, roses, trees, rhododendrons. You feel that the hustle and bustle of Beijing is far, far away. This is a great spot to revive your energy, as well as to take pictures none of your friends at home probably will have.

Thank Travelingmaven
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

The #5 bus and ¥1 got us to the park. Very surprising ¥2 entry fee is a great value for what we experienced.

Our first encounter was a large group of local citizens, a solo female singer and a small band singing what seemed to be patriotic songs. Lots of passion and energy. Wonderful. What an experience. We never felt like we were unwelcome at anytime.

We then claimed the small hill to the enclosed bhudda at the top and a spectacular view of Beijing and the Forbidden City. Lots of pictures.

Down the hill and we sit for a while and observe in one spot three young girls and their grandparents playing peacefully in the grass, and a man playing what must have been a traditional stringed instrument accompanied by female who appeared to be just passing by and wanted to sing. The children were friendly as were the elders. The music was lovely too. What an experience if you wish to experience some real life in China. We have found that you just have to slow down.....

This visit is a highlight so far.

1  Thank sequimteeth
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Reviewed June 20, 2013

This park is opposite the Northern entrance of the Forbidden City. After paying 2 yuan entree you can have a stroll around the park and see locals doing there thing, making music, dance and exercise. You can climb up a hill and have a great view over the Forbidden City and on the other side the lakes. Nice to do after the busy crowds in the Forbidden City.

Thank Martybossy
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