The Best Place to View the Beijing skyline

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Plan your Beijing tour? While visiting a new city, many people would ascend a higher place to have a good view of the unfamiliar place for a clear picture.  Beijing is not a city of skyscrapers though recently a few high-rises have sprung up in and around city. But these are hard to get in if you are a  tourist.  Here is my suggested top place to see through the city layout and skyline  of Beijing.

The top place is Jingshan Hill ( also known as Jingshan Park), just north of Forbidden City.  Jingshan Hill sits on the centre of the traditional north-south axis of Beijing.

Jingshan Hill is 45.7 m at relative height and 94.2m at sea level, where you can have a panoramic view of the city of Beijing with good skyline – East Skyline: Beijing Central Business District ( New CCTV Ofice and highrises; South skyline: Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and south beyond; West skyline : the Beihai Park, CCTV Tower and the west city of Beijing and the North Skyline: Drum Tower and Bell Tower and Olympic Sites on the north-south axis of Beijing.

It is quite easy to climb up the hill and view the most magnificent Beijing skylines. The different time of a day presents unqiue clolors of a particular skyline. So Jingshan Hill is also the best area to view Beijing’s sunrise and sunset.

Standing on the platform at Wanchun Pavilion on the hilltop of Jingshan, you can have four major skylines of Beijing.  below is the south skyline of Forbidden City,  Tiananmen Square.

South Skyline of Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square

South Skyline of Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square

North Skyline of DrumTower,  Bell Tower and Olympic sites.

North Skyline of DrumTower, Bell Tower and Olympic sites.

North Skyline of DrumTower, Bell Tower and Olympic sites.

East Skyline of the Central Business District ( highrises – CCTV Head Offie….)

East Skyline of the Central Business District ( highrises - CCTV Head Offie....)

East Skyline of the Central Business District ( highrises – CCTV Head Offie….)

West Skyline of Beihai Park, CCTV Tower and more)

West Skyline of Beihai Park, CCTV Tower and more)

West Skyline of Beihai Park, CCTV Tower and more)

The Southeast skyline of Beijing viewed from Jingshan Hill

The Southeast skyline of Beijing viewed from Jingshan Hill

The Southeast skyline of Beijing viewed from Jingshan Hill

The Southwest skyline of Beijing viewed from Jingshan Hill

The Southwest skyline of Beijing viewed from Jingshan Hill

The Southwest skyline of Beijing viewed from Jingshan Hill

The Best Place to Watch Sunrise in Beijing

Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Dinner & Night Boat Tour. from US$ 59P/P

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

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