Day 4- Forbidden City :: 2007.08.29 12:57

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through the Tiananmen, entering the Forbidden City


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On entering the Tiananmen


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*Scenes from The Forbidden City

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Meridian Gate


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The Guardian Lion. There were actually a pair of them here.


from Wikipedia :)

Imperial guardian lions, also called Fu Lions or Foo Dogs, and called Shi (獅) in Chinese, are powerful mythic protectors that have traditionally stood in front of Chinese Imperial palaces, temples, emperors' tombs, government offices, and the homes of government officials and the wealthy from the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD), until the end of the empire in 1911. In Greater Tibet, the guardian lion is known as a Snow Lion and similar to japanese shishi. Imperial guardian lions are still common decorative and symbolic elements at the entrances to restaurants, hotels, and other structures. In Myanmar they are called Chinthe and gave their name to the World War II Chindit soldiers.

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Overlooking WuMen


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Outer Court


Walking more than an hour didn't even get us through 1/2 of the Forbidden City- and we couldn't actually make it to the end because of the scorching weather (even water and ice cream didn't help much).

One thing I know for sure now... the mere scale of The Forbidden City is... incomparable to the palaces in Korea. It was much bigger than Palais de Versaille...
Seriously, China has like the largest of everything!