THE IMPERIAL GARDENS
Outside of the Gate of Terrestrial Tranquility in the Forbidden City lies the Imperial Gardens. Stretching some 12,000 square meters, these gardens were once a private retreat for the imperial family.
An excellent depiction of traditional Chinese imperial garden design, the Imperial Gardens exemplify the marriage of flower beds, trees, and rock sculptures. There are four distinct corners in the Imperial Gardens each with its own pavilion. These four pavilions represent each of the four seasons.
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At the northern end of the Imperial Gardens is the Gate of Divine Might. This is the formal exit from the Forbidden City leading into Jingshan Park.
Right passed the Imperial Gardens is Jingshan Park which I highly recommend even if only for the view of Beijing at the top. Read More: The Best Views of Beijing
There are several tips of tickets offered at the front entrance. You can choose between basic packages and larger packages that include several entrances into buildings housing various artifacts and artwork. Keep in mind that the entire complex is quite large, and it will take a solid afternoon (if not longer) just to do the basic package if you are always wanting to see the Imperial Gardens and Jingshan Park. Wear comfortable shoes and bring snacks!