Thursday, September 27, 2007

Forbidden City

Once only open to royals and court officials, the Forbidden City takes up the greater part of central Beijing and is truly breath-taking. The city is situated on a north-south axis with a mountain at the north and water all around. (Something about good chi.)
Inside the moat and exterior wall are countless ornately decorated buildings, gardens, statues, etc. The tile work on all the roofs was yellow which symbolizes happiness and was specifically a royal color. In contrast, all the hutongs that surround the Forbidden City use grey tiled roofs.
The stone carvings are amazing and one has to wonder how long it took commissioned artists to create all of the art word. The courtyards are massive and each one is immaculately laid out.
I wouldn't doubt that there were more than 50,000 people that visited the Forbidden City that day...probably more.Just outside the walls of the Imperial City is the Gate of Heavenly Peace which is easily one of the most recognizable structures in Beijing. This marks the north end of Tiananmen Square which is the largest city square in the world...supposedly.

We started at the north end and made our way south which is opposite of the common tour. It was much better that way because we didn't have to deal with the crowds of people as much.

Where do you run into big crowds?


Dad said...

The biggest crowds I run into are at Holter Lake on 4th of July.

d said...

Did you ever walk into a room & forget why you walked in? I think that is how dogs spend their lives.

No animal should ever jump up on the dining room furniture unless absolutely certain that he can hold his own in conversation.