Wednesday, July 06, 2011

The Forbidden City in Beijing

Our Hotel in Beijing was within walking distance of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City which is across the street from the square. The square was just that, a big square. After taking pictures we headed into the magnificent Forbidden City. 

 Jeff from Tiananmen Square looking across tot he Forbidden City. Here is a link to info on it. I had o idea how big and amazing it would be. 9999 rooms for the Emperors of China and their concubines. Forbidden City
 Walking into the Forbidden city. 
 Soldiers doing marching drills. 
 This was our hottest day in China. We bought a bottle of frozen water at the gate and sipped on it as it melted. Jeff carried it in his pocket and it helped him stay cool. 
 I thought the building details were grand. I loved looking up at the ceilings and roofs. 
 These huge pots were used to keep water in case of fire. Apparently they had a couple of big fires over the years. 

 Figurines found on the corners of roofs. 
 Peach Popsicles. Yummy. 

A giant incense burner in the concubine quarters. 


Garden of Egan said...

Everything is so amazing.
I can't believe the scale of everything and the colors AND the detail.
Pretty amazing. No wonder it was the favorite trip ever.

Beth said...

Amazing pictures. I love traveling the world through you