One beautiful Autumn morning, Shane and I went to Jingshun Park after sending the kids off to school. At 8:30am we were exploring this amazing park. Jingshan Park (Jingshan Gongyuan) was a part of the Forbidden City until the early 1900’s when the walls were pulled down and a road cut through it destroying several gates and buildings between the park and the rear entrance of the palace. The hill was created in 1420 using earth from the moat and the expansion of Beihai’s lakes. This hill, in fact, was a Ming dynasty dumping ground as well.
We enjoyed the climb up the hill on such a clear day and had spectacular views of the Forbidden City and Beijing. The best view of Beijing is from the Pavilion of Everlasting Spring (Wanchun-ting) perched on top of the middle peak, which used to be the highest point in the city.
Northwards, one can see the Drum and Bell Towers, a traditional feature of old Chinese cities.
To the northwest, the two slabs of water of the Shichahai and Beihai Lake are intersected by Di’anmen Dajie. To the south, the golden roofs of the Imperial Palace can be seen stretching into the distance.
There is an old but fallacious story that an emperor kept supplies of coal hidden under the hill, hence its other name, Coal Hill (Meishan).
At the base of the hill was an Apple Festival being held. Here are some apples that were on display.