March 10, Day 3: Jingshan Park

Time flies when you’re having fun! 🙂

So true! We are now on our last day of our backpacking trip in China! And still with so many places to explore. Our first stop: Jingshan Park. Tikoy highly recommends this place since it provides an amazing view of the Forbidden City.

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Here’s an information about this place:

Five pavilions sit atop the hill. At the Northern foot of the hill is Shouhuang hall, once dedicated to ancestor worship, now used for childrens’ activities. Just to the East lie Yongsi and Guande Halls, where the bodies of Qing Emperors lay in state. There are displays of art and calligraphy by the Park’s North Gate.

It was in Jingshan Park that the Ming Emperor, Chongzhen hung himself from a pagoda tree as rebels stormed the city and brought down the dynasty. A replica of the tree, (The Chinese Scholar Tree) is to be found on the Eastern side of the Park.

The hill was formerly known as Coal Hill. The current name, Jĭngshān, rightly suggests rightly that the hill commands excellent views. (Jĭng 景=scenery, Shān 山= hill).

The hill was formed from earth excavated to make the moat around the Forbidden City, and its location directly to the North protects the Forbidden City from evil spirits according to Chinese feng shui. It also serves as a useful windbreak, and was once part of the Forbidden City.

Let’s continue with our photoshoot!

Thanks Phoebe, our Art Director, for the concept!  🙂

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After our fun photoshoot, it’s time to visit Forbidden City. Unfortunately, the north entrance is closed. We had to go to the other entrance. It’s a big place so walking towards the entrance will take us hours. Tikoy decided that we need to take the bus back to Dongsi Subway Station, then to Wangfujing  to eat our lunch first.

Hmmm..what to eat?!? I’m hungry!

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