Saturday, April 5, 2014

Forbidden City

On the must-see list is of course The Forbidden City...

which is the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty

The Forbidden City, viewed from Jingshan Hill to the north
This panoramic pic which I sourced for from the internet shows the sheer size of the city, and you would not be able to traipse the whole of the place in one day, you would not need to, anyway because it is just more the same thing from one courtyard to the next!!!

It is located in the center of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.

 now of course it is flooded with visitors both local and can see from my picture the sheer number of tourists....
 everything in Beijing is sprawling and HUGE and this is only ONE tiny part of the whole conglomerate

 our party, ready to take on the Forbidden City, after crossing over the threshold

I got this pic too, from the net:
to give you an idea how huge it is
The Meridian Gate, front entrance to the Forbidden City, with two protruding wings

 on coming out you can see the place surrounded by moats on ALL SIDES!!!
 the moats are bodies of water so wide, with walls so high and vertical, no one can enter the palace or escape from it!!! Just read the statistics listed below this panoramic pic...
The Forbidden City is surrounded by a 7.9 metres (26 ft) high city wall and a 6 metres (20 ft) deep by 52 metres (171 ft) wide moat. The walls are 8.62 metres (28.3 ft) wide at the base, tapering to 6.66 metres (21.9 ft) at the top. These walls served as both defensive walls and retaining walls for the palace. They were constructed with a rammed earth core, and surfaced with three layers of specially baked bricks on both sides, with the interstices filled with mortar.

 Magnolias were budding everywhere!
 This picture will show you how high the wall is compared to normal human size and how the men must have toiled to build it in the days when there was no technology and machinery, only sheer brute force and beefy brawn and brains.
Bye!!!! Till the next post, we will steep ourselves in the history of this palace and kill our feet walking from one part of the city to the other!!!!

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