Directly behind the Forbidden City (north side) is Jingshan Park. The main reason to go in is for the views of the Forbidden City from the top of the 45 meter Jingshan Hill. The hill is an artificial creation. It was built up from the soil excavated to create the moat around the Forbidden City in order to satisfy Feng Shui principles which dictate that a residence should be constructed to the south of a hill. At the summit of Jingshan is the small Wanchun Pavillion, which houses a statue of Buddha. In a testament to the flatness of Beijing, Jingshan is the highest natural point in the city. In a testament to the pollution of Beijing, it is often only possible to see three-quarters of the way down the Forbidden City from here. But on clear days, all of the palace and Tianamen Square is visible. The other major attraction in the park is a tree on the east side where the last emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Chongzhen, hanged himself in 1644.
Admission: ¥2. Open: 6am-9pm.
Directions: Jingshan Park is at the north side of the Forbidden City. It’s best visited after you exit the Forbidden City (if you still have the energy).
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去景山公园，谢谢。 (Please take me to Jingshan Park. Thank you.)