Jingshan Park

Address: Jingshan East Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing, China

- Budget


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.

Value for money

Price advice

Ticket prices are a snip at 3 RMB.

Expert tips

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.

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.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Great views / scenery
  • People watching