Forbidden City, Beijing
Fondest memory: I have a lot of memories concerning beijing , one of the best is the FORBIDDEN CITY,it is a very large monument of the ancient china . Unfortunately we have had not enough time to enjoy it.
Favorite thing: If you want to see all that the Forbidden City has to offer you better have a couple of weeks!! It is huge! Over 800 buildings with tons of stuff to see. I just wandered through some of the pavilions and looked at some of the old stuff that the Emperors of times gone by would have used. It was interesting to see but a little overwhelming for me at the same time. If you want to learn more about the sights of the Forbidden City it would probably be worth hiring a guide as they can fill you in on the cool details. I was just interesting at looking at some stuff and calling that good enough.
Favorite thing: The Forbidden City is a great place to spend a half day or so if you find it interesting. For some reason I got bored there except for my run in with Police which you can read about in my "warnings and dangers" section. Maybe I was getting tired from months on the road.There are a few "Halls" to walk through with thrones set up. Lot's of garden area which does make for a plesent area for walking. When I was there it was really cold. The ponds had ice on them! I didn't bring my ice skates either.
Favorite thing: If you are a dignitary you might get special treatment! This guy had about 20 Black cars and lot's of bodyguards. And everyone seemed interested what he thought of the Forbidden City. I don't know who he is though. But the security guys were trying to look mean. He seemed friendly enough though.
Here is the view from Tiananmen Gate rostrum. It is a separate ticket from main admission to the Forbidden City. You may stand in the same place where Mao Zedong and previous emperors gazed upon the loyal subjects assembled in Tiananmen Square.
Fondest memory: On the right is Mao Zedong Mausoleum and on the left is the Museum of History. This photo was taken on National Day (October 1) about an hour before the flag ceremony.
If you happen to be inside the Forbidden City about 30 minutes before the flag ceremony then you will be forbidden to exit the south gate until after the ceremonial troops have marched to the pole.
Favorite thing: It is quite hard to comprehend how big the Forbidden City is and we had read that if we wanted a nice view of the palace we could go to the Jingshan Park which is located north of the Forbidden City. The park is actually a little peak made up from all the material that were left over when construction the moat around the Forbidden City. Unfortunately, we went into the park on a misty day and it was actually hard to see the south gate of the Forbidden City - it was a nice walk though.
Favorite thing: The inside of the Forbidden City is truly a world of its own. It is awesome in size, and exquisite in detail. The emperors harnessed the skill and force of thousands and millions of Chinese over the centuries to create an ideal world of their own. The throne rooms are often austere and impressive, the garden is an idealisation of nature, and you could spend days here without seeing the same thing twice. A must-see.
Favorite thing: The Forbidden City is the number one attraction of Beijing, in my opinion. It is easy to visit palaces, and the Great Wall is more original, but this is where one can grasp what makes the Chinese civilisation unique: its history, its depth, its power, its refinement, but also what caused its downfall in this unbelievable replica of a world cut away from everything. From sheer size to fine detail, it has everything, and can only be compared to Rome, in the sense that it channeled the artistic talent of generations from a grand civilisation. Today, Mao's portrait on the main gate, the communist flag on royal roofs, are more symbols of China's nature, however much paradoxal it may appear at first.
Beijing has gone from being an ancient capital to a modern capital. The old remains as many new changes are evolving. This is very much a city of contrasts, and i love it!
Fondest memory: The Forbidden City is something you absolutely would not miss out when you are in Beijing. It is an architectural spectacular and wonder. It is HUGE.. and before even entering the main compound would already leave you in awe. Why so? There are several outer gates (5 i think) that surrounds the palace, each quite far apart from another. Having a horse, then, to get around the palace quickly was quite indispensible. :) Lucky for the emperor, he had servants to carry him around!
Favorite thing: The symbol of New China, this gate was built in 1417 and renovated in 1981. It was originally called the Gate of Heavenly Succession. The late Chairman Mao proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic of China on the rostrum on October 1st, 1949. The gate has five passages, which were closed and used only on ceremonial occasions in the old days.
Favorite thing: This is the Palace Museum, also known as the Purple Forbidden City. It is the largest and most well preserved imperial residence in China today. Under Ming Emperor Yongle, construction began in 1406. It took 14 years to build the Forbidden City. The first ruler who actually lived here was Ming Emperor Zhudi. For five centuries thereafter, it continued to be the residence of 23 successive emperors until 1911 when Qing Emperor Puyi was forced to abdicate the throne. In 1987, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization recognized the Forbidden City as a world cultural legacy.
Visit the Forbidden City
After entering the gate at the right side of the Forbidden City (the line for the middle section, formerly only for the emperor?fs use was just too long), we took the straight path to the end of the City right to the gift shops where the last emperor?fs (Pu-yi) younger brother?fs son sells his calligraphy. Despite being late March, the Forbidden City was middle-of-the-summer hot with no trees in site providing shade as they could be hiding places for assassins! We spent about 2 hours in the Forbidden City and barely scratched the surface. That was one thing I was soon to learn that I would have to come back to China for a real in-depth tour. I didn?ft get a chance to see the three things I was looking forward to: the concubine palaces, the nine dragon wall, and Starbucks! Don't forget to visit the Starbucks inside the Palace!
Fondest memory: Stopping at almost every red and white Walls freezer you can and pick-up a Magnum (chocolate covered ice cream), they are soooo delicious!
Once in Beijing, You must visit Forbidden City...it's so magnificent! It is the old government of Tsing Dynasty, This empire's glory and humiliation were all written here.
The Royal Palace of ancient China.
It's called *city* because it's too big to be called as a palace. Actually, there're hundreds of palaces in this city and all of them are owned by the king of ancient China. What a rich man! :-)
Countless kings of different dynasts had been lived in this city, and this city was the political centre for thousands of years.
THE FORBIDDEN CITY
For any visitor, the Forbidden City (Imperial Palace) is a must, but it takes at least one day to see all you can see here. It is like a city inside Beijing, so wear comfortable shoes....
The Forbidden City stands in the center of Beijing. It is protected by high walls and a moat on all four sides and consists of dozens of halls and courtyards. The emperors of two dynasties, the Ming and the Ching, lived here with their families and hundreds of court ladies and palace eunuchs. From their throne in the Forbidden City they governed the country by holding court sessions with their ministers, issuing imperial edicts and initiating military expeditions.