Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City – Beijing

Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City - Beijing

T-Square and the Forbidden City in Beijing, China were magical, to say the least. You can feel the history all around you, it is quite an experience. Very touristy, but I had a brilliant walk across the square (amusing to watch soldiers standing like statues at various points in the square) to the Forbidden City, going through miles of barren ground (so no one could sneak up on the emperor), many gates (each with its own royal purpose and meaning), tons of chambers for the emperor and his empresses, their private royal garden (which had ancient trees supported by iron rods today), a couple of mini museums exhibiting their ornaments, vessels, etc and a LOT of walking. Picking up the tourist map + guidebook was a good decision at the ticket counters.

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