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Day 13 (19.02.2007)

I went to the Tiananmen Square and I walked north on the western side of the Forbidden City. My aims today were the Coal Hill and the Beihai Park. Beihai means north sea. The Coal Hill was built in the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) and it was an imperial garden. I went east to the acacia tree where the last Ming Emperor Chongzhen hanged himself. From here I went up the hill in order to see the 5 pavilions built by Emperor Qianlong. The highest pavilion is the Pavilion of Everlasting Spring. From here one has got a great view over the Forbidden City. Afterwards I went down and I left the Coal Hill. My next aim was the Beihai Park. I entered the Beihai Park from the south. The emperors of the Liao Dynasty (907 - 1125) had built here their summer residence. The following Jin Dynasty (1115 - 1234) let build a lake here and in the south of the lake the Jade Island. Since 1651 on the summit of the Jade Island there is a Tibetan White Pagoda. It is 36 m high and one can see it also from outside the Beihai Park. The White Pagoda together with the Jade Island and the lake look beautiful. On the Bridge of Everlasting Peace I went to the Jade Island and I entered the Temple of Everlasting Peace. I went up the hill and finally I arrived at the White Pagoda. Afterwards I went down another way and I saw the many nice buildings on the Jade Island. The Beihai Park is huge and so I planned to come back another day. Today, after I visited the Jade Island, I went back to the campus. On Day 71 of my Study Stay I visited the Beihai Park again.

Pavilion of Everlasting Spring
Pavilion of Everlasting Spring

Jade Island with White Pagoda
Jade Island with White Pagoda

White Pagoda
White Pagoda

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