Jingshan Park & Drum Tower

Jingshan (or Coal Hill) Park is immediately north of the Forbidden City of which it was once a part. In the C15th construction of moats around the Imperial Palace produced spoil which was used to create the hills (now crowned wth C18th pavillions) in the park. The pleasant gardens in the park were busy with older Beijingers exercising when we went there early on the morning of our last day in the capital. The Drum and Bell Towers owe their origin to Kublai Khan, the drum marked the closing of city gates and passing of night watches, the bell the hours of the day.

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Jingshan Park

Jingshan Park

Jingshan Park

Exercise

Jingshan Park

Looking west

Looking north

Wanchun Pavillion

Wanchun Pavillion

Firefighting

Bonsai

Exercise

Fans

Archway

Water brushes

Drum Tower

Drum Tower

Water clock

Water clock

Drums

Drums

Ball clock

Bell tower

Summer Palace

Summer Palace

Summer Palace





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