Altar to the God of the Land and the God of Grain
Within the peaceful Zhōngshān Park at the southwest corner of the Forbidden City are the formerly sacred Ming-style Altar to the God of...
Sandwiched between the Gate of Heavenly Peace and Meridian Gate, Duān Gate was stripped of its treasures by foreign forces quelling the...
Gate of Glorious Harmony
An ornate gate leading to the outer court in the southwest of the Forbidden City.
Forbidden City Concert Hall
Located on the eastern side of Zhōngshān Park, this is a wonderfully romantic venue for performances of classical and traditional...
Lao Li, the eccentric manager of What? Bar, two doors from here, swears by the boiled dumplings (蒸饺; zhēng jiǎo ) in this simple...
Zhōngshān Park information
Named after Sun Zhongshan (Sun Yatsen), the father of modern China, this peaceful park sits at the southwest corner of the Forbidden City and partly looks out onto the palace’s moat (you can rent pedal-boats here) and towering walls. A refreshing prologue or conclusion to the magnificence of the Forbidden City, the park was formerly the sacred Ming-style Altar to the God of the Land and the God of Grain , aka Shèjìtán, where the emperor offered sacrifices. The Square Altar remains, bordered on all sides by walls tiled in various colours
Near the park's south entrance stands a towering dark-blue-tiled páilou (traditional Chinese archway) with triple eaves that originally commemorated the German Foreign Minister Baron von Ketteler, killed by Boxers in 1900. Just off to the right (east) is the 100-year-old Láijīnyǔxuān Teahouse . North of here, also in the eastern section of the park, is the Forbidden City Concert Hall . As with Jǐngshān Park, April and May is a beautiful time to visit thanks to the hugely colourful Spring Flower and Tulips Show. The northeast exit of the park brings you out by Meridian Gate, from where you can enter the Forbidden City. The south exit brings you out near Tiān’ānmén Sq. There is also a west gate .