China, post 16 – The Forbidden City

Last time I posted, it was about Tiananman Square – which is right next to the Forbidden City. You have to go under the portrait of Mao to get in.

I’m just going to cut/paste a little bit of stuff here from Wikipedia:

The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost five hundred years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government.

Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings with 8,707 bays of rooms[1] and covers 720,000 m2 (7,800,000 sq ft). The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture,[2] and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere.

Also, I need to watch “The Last Emperor” since it was actually filmed there.

The Forbidden City was very very crowded and it was a warm day. The morning walking through was more than enough time for us.

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The expression on the dude’s face in the corner is kinda funny. I just noticed it.
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Important building!
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Dave, being tall and white, was very popular. This lady asked if she could take a picture with him:
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Then a second lady jumped in:
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Some of the paving stones are actually really old:
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So many people…
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This is Ji-shan Park off in the distance. I think it has a really nice view of the Forbidden City – wish we’d had time to get there!
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Awesome! A four-star toilet! (No, I didn’t try it out.)
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This is a yellow curtain that Empress Dowager Cixi was supposed to sit behind, but it was clear who was ruling China.
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One of the gardens with more of those natural rocks:
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Cute little girl!
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The pavement was pretty!
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Jing-shan Park again:
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And then we exited – and crossed over the moat:
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Check out the observatory I saw on the way back to the hotel!
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Er, no thanks.
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