Posted by on Apr 28, 2011 | 0 comments

National Museum of China

Gate of Heavenly Peace

Way In

Gate of Supreme Harmony

Supreme Harmony Ceiling

Forbidden City Courtyard

I woke up bright and early on Monday morning, as soon as the sun rose at 5:30. Yuan got up a couple of hours later (she never lets the sunshine get in the way of her sleeping time) and made us a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs with Chinese sausage and onions, and a glass of orange juice. We also had coffee, using those Starbucks Via instant coffee packets. They are quite serviceable when you don’t have a coffee maker and grinder, and there are plenty of Starbucks here in Beijing to keep our supply replenished (though I can’t seem to find any Chinese locals who will actually admit to drinking coffee).

We left early and hopped on a bus to Tiananmen Square. Across the street we could see the China National Museum. But today our destination would be the Forbidden City. This is probably the single most well-known landmark in all of Beijing for an American. And for good reason. The place is amazingly impressive in person, even though I’ve seen it so many times in photographs and in movies. It is enormous in scope, with huge open courtyards and imposing buildings. It took me about an hour and a half to walk from one end to the other. It just seemed to go on forever, with endlessly beautiful panoramas at every level from the grand architectural sweep to the smallest details. I took hundreds of photos, but I have tried to avoid including the most commonly-seen images here for the most part. Seeing the Forbidden City was truly an unforgettable experience.

Gate Etching 1

Moutai (Chinese Liquor)

Gate Etching 2

Above Doorway

Green Hexagons

Above Doorway Right

Red Door Circles

Metal Etching

Guard Dog

Goblin Closeup

Courtyard Stands

Stair Etching Left

Stair Etching Right

Stairway Etching 3

Yuan With Creature

Stairway Etching

Sun Dial

Stairway Etching 2

Crane Statue

Elephant Statue

Forbidden City Guards

Turtle Statue

Green Yellow Bricks

Green Wall Decor

Dragon Guard Line

North Courtyard

Triangular Roof

Gate of Divine Prowess

Yuan at Moat

Forbidden City Moat

Way Out

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