Beijing just had another long weekend. To be honest from the stress and working I was quite tired and just lazy. I would do night/day rides. But today I actually forced myself to go for a hike in Jingshan Park.
Jingshan park is located in the central part of Beijing just across the road from the North exit of the Forbidden City. I have first visited it four years and was amazed. This time I could not wait to go for a visit but kept postponing it for different reasons.
Now I got myself together and went there. The entrance is only RMB 2, which extremely cheap for Beijing parks. When you get in you get an amazing view on the main temple and two small ones on the sides. Back in the days it used to be an imperial garden, which was attached to the Forbidden City.
So why do you think you should visit this place? My answer is the view. I believe if you reach the top of the hill you will be very happy with the spots for picture taking. It is the best to face the South to take a view of the Forbidden City.
Make sure when you go there that you are wearing a comfy pair of shoes, hat to protect you from sun and carry a bottle of water. Downstairs, after you take pictures you should definitely walk around the garden and enjoy flowers – peonies and roses.
Also, you can have a little snack if you wish, however, I believe if you can get eat after you get out as there are many pleasant eateries around for a better experience.
Dedicating a full day for Jingshan park is not great idea. I would suggest you expect to spend couple of hours there after visiting the Forbidden City or Imperial lakes area as it is a walking distance. But this place certainly worth a visit.