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Jingshan Park

Postby inbeijing » Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:00 pm

Telephone: 8610-64044071 Address: No.44 Jingshan Xijie, Xicheng District(opposite Forbidden City north gate) Fees: RMB 2

Located to the east of Beihai Park and north of the Palace Museum, Jingshan Park is another beautiful spot to visit. Now covered in fruit trees, pines and cypress trees, the hill was originally made with the earth from the moat surrounding the Forbidden City. From the top there are wonderful views of Beijing, especially over the Forbidden City, hence its name, which means "Scenic Hill." The park was an imperial garden during the Yuan (1271 - 1368), Ming (1368 - 1644) and Qing (1644 - 1911) dynasties.

The main sites of interest in the park include the Hope Tower "xiwanglou," where people still worship at a memorial tablet for Confucius, which is in the Keeping Benevolence Hall (yong'endian). The Visiting Virtue Hall (guandedian), to the north of the hill, is where the coffins of the Qing emperors and empresses lie. The 43-metre-high Million Spring Pavilion (Wanchunting) sits atop the hill. From here it is possible to appreciate a spectacular 360 degree vista of the city of Beijing. Directly to the north is Di'anmen Street, running straight as an arrow up to the Drum and Bell Towers (zhonggulou). To the east are the Yonghegong Lamasery, the Imperial College, and the Confucian Temple. To the west is Beihai Park, where the White Pagoda rises above a blue lake full of boats and to the south is the Imperial Palace.

Since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, the park has been renovated several times. It is now famous for its peony flowers.

Apart from its flowers and views, the park is also remembered for a Chinese scholar tree that used to grow on the eastern slope of the hill. It was from this tree that the last emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Chongzhen, hung himself. The Emperor Chongzhen took shelter in the park in 1644 when Lizicheng took Beijing for the Manchus who were to found the Qing Dynasty. Having shamed his ancestors by his defeat, Chongzhen committed suicide by hanging himself on the Chinese scholar tree. The tree no longer survives as it was destroyed in subsequent upheavals. (from the China Daily)

There are some places near Jingshan Park which provide traditional Chinese food for your reference.

Bus: 812, 109, 101, 103 and get off at Gugong Station
Opening hours: Summer 6:00-21:00; winter 6:30-20:00

There are some places near Jingshan Park which provide traditional Chinese food for your reference.

Tian'anmen Square Area
Donglaishun, a traditional brand hotpot restaurant
Address.: No. 44 Dongjiaomingxiang, Dongcheng District
Telephone: 8610-65241042

Wangfujing Commercial Street Area
1. Quanjude, a traditional brand roast-duck restaurant
Address: No. 9 Shuaifuyuan Hutong, Wangfujing Street
Telephone: 8610-65253310/ 65228423

2. Sun Dong An Plaza Restaurant (Xin Dong'an Shichang)
Address: Floor 5, Sun Dong an Plaza, No. 138 Wangfujing Street
Telephone: 8610-65280932 /65280501

3. Wangfujing Restaurant
Address: No. 198 Wangfujing Street
Telephone: 8610-65139661/ 65253562

Beihai Park
Fangshan Restaurant which is well-known at home and abroad for its court dishes, especially cakes, pastries, and dishes originating from the Forbidden City in the Qing Dynasty.
Address: East door of Beihai Park, Jingshan West Street
Telephone: 8610-64042573/ 64011889

JingshanParkis a beautiful and unique imperial garden, and was the place where the emperors appreciated flowers, shot arrows, drank and feasted, and climbed the hill to view landscapes. In 1949 after the liberation of Beijing, the people's government made a comprehensive renovation of Jingshan Park-repairing and maintaining the ancient architectures, rebuilding hill roads and park roads, planting trees and flowers, and adding service facilities, making this place a hot attraction for Chinese and foreign visitors. In 1957, it was named a major historic site under provincial protection, and in 2001, it was announced as a major historic site under national protection, and in 2002, it was rated a class-4A scenic area.

The main peak of Jingshan Hill, 45.7 meters high (94.2 meters above sea level), was the center of the inner city of old Beijing, and was also the highest point then. The pavilion on the main peak, called Wanchun Pavilion, is a triple-eave golden-glazed tile pavilion. Standing here, people could have a panoramic view of Beijing. There is one double-eave green-tile pavilion with eight angles on each side of Wanchun Pavilion. The one on the east side is called Guanmiao Pavilion, and the one on the west side is Jifang Pavilion. There are dome-shaped, double-eave blue tile pavilions on the east and west ends of the top of the hill, called Zhoushang Pavilion and Fulan Pavilion respectively. The five pavilions form a beautiful pattern atop of the hill. The Shouhuang Hall at the rear of the hill was originally the place where emperors offered sacrifices to their ancestors, and is now temporarily used by the Beijing Children's Palace. At the foot of the east slope of Jingshan Hill, there is an ancient leaning scholar tree. It is said Emperor Chongzhen, the last emperor of the Ming Dynasty, hanged himself on this tree when the uprising farmer army, led by Li Zicheng, stormed into Beijing in 1644.

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Re: Jingshan Park

Postby Roman » Sat Dec 27, 2014 6:59 am

This is a great place....

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