Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Pictures of the Forbidden City – Beijing China

Another item on our “must see” list is of course, the Forbidden City!

The Forbidden City, or Palace as it is sometimes referred to, is in the middle of Beijing. For about 500 years it was the Imperial Palace. The place is not small, with 800 buildings, 8000 plus rooms, and covering 720,000 square meters. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1977 as the "Imperial Palace of the Ming and Qing Dynasties".

The Imperial Palace is located directly to the north of Tiananmen Square and is accessible from the square via Tiananmen Gate. The Palace Museum is one of the most popular tourist spots in the world now. As you can tell from some of the photos with the scaffolding, they are renovating it. The Olympics was coming up…

When we visited there was a Starbucks coffee shop on the grounds, but it was pretty controversial and was removed in 2007.

There won’t be a lot of narrating because we never got around to captioning the photos… and now I don’t remember what was what. This will be more of just a slide show.

 The Entrance to the Forbidden City that we used.

The throne in the Palace of Heavenly Purity

And this is the other end of the Forbidden City. And that's all for this blog or slide show...