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In China - 1: Beijing's Forbidden City

Tiananmen Square and the Gate of Heavenly Peace
Tiananmen Square and the Gate of Heavenly Peace
The main entrance, the Gate of Heavenly Peace
The main entrance, the Gate of Heavenly Peace
Me and Chairman Mao
"Little empress" posing at the tourist's souvenir photo area.
Detail of gate
The Hall of Supreme Harmony
Guarding the Hall of Supreme Harmony
Inside the Forbidden City
 
Rooflines
4-star toilet facilities!
The number of animals indicates the building's importance
Sunset, from the West Six Courts
Leaving the Forbidden City through the Gate of Divine Prowess
Sunset near the Gate of Divine Prowess
the Gate of Heavenly Peace, seen from Zhongshan Park nearby
the Gate of Heavenly Peace, seen from Zhongshan Park nearby
Tianamen Square at night
The Gate of Heavenly Peace at night
I just returned from a 2-1/2-week holiday in China. Nothing more than scratching the surface, of course, as I logged about 4,300 kilometers of rail travel (plus a few hundred kilometers of boat and bus riding) going from Beijing to Hong Kong. But I'd never been to China, and a taste of this vast country is better than nothing at all.

And, of course, there's much to look forward to in future journeys.

To begin, let's start with Beijing's Forbidden City, once the exclusive home of emperors's families and imperial officials, now a popular historic attraction.


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