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Jingshan Park

For the best panoramic view of the Forbidden City, swing over to Jingshan Park, which is seated directly north of the Forbidden City. Originally a private imperial garden accessible only through the Forbidden City’s Gate of Divine Might, the Jingshan Park was finally opened to the public in 1928 after nearly a thousand years of seclusion. The park’s focal point, Prospect Hill, was made during the Ming Dynasty by using the soil excavated during the construction of the moats surrounding the Forbidden City and nearby canals. The elaborate pavilions which top each of Prospect Hill’s five separate peaks were used by nobility and officials for al fresco dining and relaxed gatherings, and these days you are free to ascend Prospect Hill and walk the same footsteps as these ancient royals and their council members, basking in full view of the Forbidden City.

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