Be warned, though, tour groups can be quite large. If you can swing it, I would suggest getting a private tour. You can move at your own pace and ask all of the questions you want.
|The central line of the Forbidden City. This line runs through the center of all of Beijing.|
It also serves as the division between the men's and women's side of the city.
|One of the lions guarding the palace. This is the female lion, holding the cub under her paw, on the left side of the central line.|
|You can find 308 of these copper pots spread around the city. They were constantly filled with water in case of a fire.|
In winter time, these vats were covered with quilts to prevent the water from freezing.
|This shot was taken in the Imperial Gardens. In all four courners of the gardens you will find pavilions that represent each season.|
|All of the gates to the city are outfitted with doors that have nine rows of nine golden door nails.|
As He Gang described it, the number nine is considered the most powerful and important number in China.
Once you leave the Forbidden City through the rear exit, there are a set of royal gardens which I definitely recommend taking a walk through. If you climb to the top of the peak, you get a great view of the whole area. Unfortuantely, the pollution was on the high end of the scale that day, limiting the visibility, but it was still worth a hike up.
For lunch, I went to Lei Garden in the World Trade Center. They have delicious dim sum!! None of the menu was in English, which prompted lots of communication via Google Translate, but it was worth fighting through the language barrier.
More posts on China to come!
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