Exiting the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park across the street
Jingshan Park was originally an Imperial Garden, an important part of the Imperial Palace, with a history of almost 1000 years. Rising 46 meters (150 feet) above the Forbidden City, it offers spectacular views across Beijing. The hill itself was constructed with dirt removed to form the moats of the Imperial Palace.
View from the top
Looking down on the Forbidden City
The small pavilion at the top of the hill holds a small store, a large buddha statue (looking out over the Forbidden City), and many tourists taking pictures.
Buddha in the pavilion on top
As I descend the far side of the hill, into the lower park property, I find that it is peony festival time and the park is filled with peonies planted in beds everywhere.
Markers of royal hanging
Forbidden City, moat
Professional photographer, great setting