Holiday visit to Jinshan Park, Beijing,
216 images Created 19 Jun 2013
Just north of the Forbidden City, Jingshan (translated as "Prospect Hill"), is a handmade hill built specifically to provide panoramic views of Beijing, according to the principles of Feng Shui. Previously called Coal Hill, the 45-metre site is popularly known as Feng Shui Hill, and was built in the era of the third Ming emperor during the 15th century. Jingshan has five individual peaks, each with a pavilion once used by officials for gatherings and leisure. The views are magnificent, especially on a smog-clear day, and with the exponential spread of digital cameras, it has never been easier for friends and family to memorialise their visit with this huge ancient city as backdrop. Known as the 'Rice Dumplings' festival in the north of China, this June holiday is called the 'Dragon Boat' festival in south China.