An interesting story about Jingshan Park is associated with the Ming Dynasty because the last emperor hung himself as Manchu troops came to Beijing. There is a marker and notice board with the story on the eastern path in the park.
Climbing to the top of the hill offers wonderful views across the Forbidden City. Early morning is the best time for photographs.
The park is full of surprises and treats. During the springtime it is a blaze of colour with the flowering of thousands of peonies. Wander around the park and enjoy the many huge, delicate blooms that these plants produce in a range of pinks, whites and maroons.
Adding to the joy of the colourful display is experience of mixing with thousands of Jingshan Park’s local population who come to exercise or relax in the park. You are in for a real treat if you time your visit to a Sunday morning when people come to exercise with tai chi, sword dancing, dancing, skipping or simply strolling the many paths around, up or down the hill in the centre of the park. If you enjoy mass choirs you are in the right place to be entertained by choirs both small and large. You will be welcomed to join in with the fun, or to relax and enjoy the skills of many novice performers.
The park has some excellent bonsai displays, along with changing indoor displays of Chinese handicrafts or art work.
Open: 6am to 10pm every day
Cost: 5 rmb
1 Wenjing Street, Xicheng District
Photographer: Russell Uebergang