Images of China – Beijing 5

The Forbidden City

Beijing 386 C Forbidden City

The Forbidden City was the home of the Emperors of China for almost 500 years.

From Wikipedia ( – Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 7,800,000 sq ft.  The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, and is listed by UNESCOas the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world…It consists of 980 surviving buildings.

We donned yellow caps so that our guide could spot us and she carried a yellow flag so we could spot her.  It would be easy to get lost in the crowd here!

Beijing 358 C Forbidden City

The Meridian Gate leads into a huge courtyard or plaza.

Beijing 361 - 63 WC Forbidden City Stitch

Beijing 365 C1 Forbidden City Beijing 367 C Forbidden City

The Gate of Supreme Harmony leads to the Hall of Supreme Harmony and on to the Palace of Heavenly Purity.

Beijing 368 -9 WC Forbidden City Stitch

Beijing 367 C2 Forbidden City Beijing 375 C1

Beijing 377 C Beijing 382 C

Beijing 383 C

I soon lost track of which gate we had come through and later could not label my pictures accurately!  Needless to say, the Forbidden City is immense. When I thought we must be nearing the end we would come out again on to another huge courtyard. Most buildings were freshly painted in expectation of the Olympics. A few were fully draped while being refurbished.

Beijing 388 -90 WC Forbidden City Stitch

Beijing 393 C

I think this is the throne in the Hall of Preserving Harmony.

Beijing 394 C Forbidden City

Beijing 396 C Hall of Preserving Harmany

Notice the decorations at the corner of the roof.  The more little figures, the higher the status.

Beijing 398 C Forbidden City

I believe this is the throne in the Palace of Heavenly Purity.

Beijing 399 C Forbidden City

Beijing 401 -2 WC Heavenly Purity Gate Stitch

Beijing 403 C

The residence buildings are in the Inner Court.

Beijing 404 C Entry to Western Palaces  Beijing 405 C

Beijing 409 C Beijing 410 C

Beijing 411 C   Here is a good look at beams and ceiling that had not been repainted yet.

Beijing 416 C Hall of Preserving Harmony

Beijing 417 C

And this is the Starbucks that was in the last courtyard of the Forbidden City.  It was closed in July 2007, just after we were there. 

Beijing 419 C Starbucks

Beijing 424 C Imperial Peace Hall Beijing 426 C

Beijing 427 C Palace Moat

The moat surrounding the Forbidden City.

Beijing was a wonderful beginning to our tour of China.  The sights were amazing and the people friendly.  Beijing is definitely struggling with air pollution.  You may remember this picture taken in the morning from our hotel room in my first Beijing blog.  Beijing 1    

Beijing 001-02 CWC Stitch

This is how it looked in the afternoon. 

Beijing 296 C Smog

Here’s a link to a blogger who lives in Beijing now.  This post is about the smog that hangs thick even far out of the city.  Vanishing into thick air

We were very lucky to have mostly clear skies for our visit!Beijing 019 C2 Front Gate

p.s. A new follower of mine has a restaurant blog.  Here’s a link for a Beijing restaurant with great food pics.

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2 Responses to Images of China – Beijing 5

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