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.
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