Beijing Travel Diary Pt. 2: Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Jingshan Park, Beihai Park

Part 2 of my Beijing series is dedicated to the Tiananmen area. The Tiananmen area is the entry point into other tourist attractions, such as The Forbidden City and Jingshan Park, which are north of Tiananmen.
We spent about 30 minutes in the Tiananmen Square and visited the Tiananmen Tower. There’s also a huge and well-perserved museum called National Museum of China that has lots of Chinese artifacts. If you have a spare day, definitely visit since it’s free and informative. <Rhinocero-shaped bronze wine vessel from Western Han Dynasty: 202 BC – 8 AD>
The Forbidden City is where the Ming and Qing royalty resided during their reigns. Like the Summer Palace, there are thousands of pavilions and structures in the Forbidden City, and it is very easy to get confused with the layout. Honestly I have no idea which courts I saw or not, because pretty much everything looks the same.What I am sure of however, is that we visited the Meridian Gate and saw the surrounding buildings around this area. Look at the details of the pavilions!
Jingshan Park is only 1 yuan (15 cents!), and offers a stunning view of the Forbidden City after an uphill trek. The gardens are small but still gorgeous.
Beihai Park is another imperial garden located in central Beijing. The Nine-Dragon screen is located in Beihai Park and is still well-maintained after centuries of wear and tear.

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