We spent the afternoon learning about the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings with 8,707 rooms.
This is the Gate of Divine Might, the northern gate. The inscription reads "The Palace Museum"
The lower roof is on the Hall of Supreme Harmony.
The throne in the Palace of Heavenly Purity.
The throne in the Hall of Preserving Harmony.
The Hall of Supreme Harmony.
After the Forbidden City we went to Tiananmen Square. It is directly across the street, a very busy street, from the Forbidden City. It is the largest city square in the world, occupying an area of about 109 acres, and able to accommodate 1,000,000 people at one time.
We asked out guide, Lisa, about the protests that were here. She acted like there was no such thing. We all knew better.
Monument to the People's Heros.
Great Hall of the People
It was a full day with more information that I can remember. Good thing I took lots and lots of pictures to help jog my memory.