Jingshan Park

Price guide: Budget

Jingshan East Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing

Price guide: Budget

View from the summit
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#4 of 20
expert-rated things to do in Beijing
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Great views / scenery, People watching

Expert review of Jingshan Park

Climb to the top of this pristine park for jaw-dropping views of the Forbidden City rooftops.

This delightfully landscaped park is one of central Beijing’s only hills, and therefore the ideal first port of call to get your head around Beijing’s dizzyingly sprawling metropolis. The 45 metre high mound is actually the spoil dug out of the Forbidden City’s moat, which conveniently served as both windbreak and a barrier preventing evil spirits from getting at the Emperor in his palace. A quick slog up to the Wangchun Pavilion and you’re rewarded with panoramic views, and best of all, a sense of the quite astonishing scale of the Forbidden City, its honey yellow rooftops and antique pavilions stretching far into the haze.

Price advice: 

Ticket prices are a snip at 3 RMB.

Expert tips: 
Avoid weekends in high season when the park becomes overrun with cap-wearing Chinese tour groups.
Try to visit before 9am or at sundown to see the locals singing, dancing and performing tai chi together.
Combine with a visit to the Forbidden City. Leave the park by the south entrance and cross the street to enter the palace through the quieter north gate.

More information on Jingshan Park:

Price guide:
Park / garden
Jingshan East Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Daily 6am-7pm (subject to seasonal changes)

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