Jingshan (Prosperous Hill)

Jingshan, also known as Coal Hill, is located to the north of Forbidden City, which is a artificial hill, it is piled up by the earth and mud dug out from the moat surrounding the Forbidden City. This area wan a storehouse for keeping coal used by the imperial court in Yuan Dynasty, so it was called Coal Hill at that time. The name was changed into Prosperous Hill when Emperor decided to move the capital from Nanjing to Beijing had the Forbidden City built to the south of the Coal Hill in 1420. "The Ten-thousand Spring Pavilion" will come into your eyes which occupies the highest position of the Prosperous Hill if you come out of the Forbidden City from the northern exit, where we Chinese believe that it can ward off evil spirits if we climb up to the top on September 9th according Chinese lunar calendar. It is also famous for the "Criminal Tree" where the last Emperor Chongzhen of Ming Dynasty hanged himself and committed suicide there.

Jingshan (Prosperous Hill ) Jingshan (Prosperous Hill )
Jingshan (Prosperous Hill)

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Editor's Note:  Jingshan is locted behind of the Forbidden City, it is a small park, but you can see the panoramic Forbidden City from the hill. Above pictures about the forbidden city both had been taken in Jingshan Park.   ----China Travel Shanghai (Please e-mail to tansy@chinatravelshanghai for more info)

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