Journey to the Forbidden City – Beijing Great China

December 22, 2011 at 3:53 pm 4 comments

If you remember in my first post about china trip, there are many “must see” attractions in Beijing, one of which is the forbidden city.

I have read before about the forbidden city, but to experience it in real life, is truly amazing!! it is simply a 500 year old chinese imperial palace situated in the heart of Beijing. reaching there is super easy, all you need is to buy tickets at the entrance, and i highly recommend you get an electronic guide as well, it is very useful in explaining many concepts about the place, and meanings & symbols in chinese culture, which are very interesting ^___^

if you are into architecture, you would appreciate the contrast between the {simplicity & minimalist approach in space planning of solid and void and internal courtyards} & the {complexity & details of the architecture elements of the building & ornaments } since it is a huge palace —-> referred to as a city! duh!! —–> the urban planning is super cool as well, looking at the map of beijing & the palace floor plan you would notice the main North /South axis that not only originates from the center of this palace, but extends to dominate the planning of the whole city ❀ i love it when i find out concepts like that, it makes you really appreciate ancient minds & great planners ^_____^

walking around the buildings, & into courtyards, & gardens takes you back to old times & you truly feel the magic of the place. i liked in particular the garden section at the back along with the palace museum .. you can purchase lovely items from there too πŸ™‚

I leave you with some pictures πŸ™‚







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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Miss Good Egg  |  December 24, 2011 at 5:59 am

    Amazing! But why is it called “forbidden”? Was it not open to the public at some point?

    • 2. twomatoes  |  December 24, 2011 at 11:05 am

      its called forbidden because back then no one from the public was allowed to enter or leave the palace without the emperor’s permission.

  • 3. Fitness PhoenixX  |  January 3, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Lovely blog πŸ™‚ A friend of mine went to China last year and captured some fascinating images…. I love the architecture!

    • 4. twomatoes  |  January 3, 2012 at 9:03 am

      thank you πŸ™‚
      yes it is a very interesting place to visit! i really enjoyed the adventure ^__^


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