Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Forbidden City

Mike, Amanda and Margot held out for a nice day to visit the Forbidden City. It was a little cold but as you can the air was very clean.

This is the Hall of Supreme Harmony.
Hall of Supreme Harmony

Despite what you see above the crowds weren't too bad.

All the photos are by Margot.

This is a section on the east side of the Forbidden City that was basically empty.

The tile work is very nice.

Here are Mike and Amanda in front of the Nine Dragon Screen that is in front of the Palace of Tranquil Longevity.

The air was so clear they had to wear shades!

There are pairs of these lions in front of many of the buildings. In fact, they are very popular in front of all sorts of buildings. This is the male because he has a ball under his foot. The female has a baby under her foot.

That is the White Dagoba in Beihai Park outside the Forbidden City. I think that is the opera house inside the Forbidden City on the left.

White Dagoba

These two structures on the hill are in Jingshan Park just north of the Forbidden City.

The tile work on the eaves is interesting. You can learn more about the symbolism of the figures at this link ---> Figures

Mike and Amanda in front of Tiananmen.

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