The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty until the end of the Qing Dynasty. The complex consists of 980 buildings.
We would have liked to spend more time in the Forbidden City, however it was raining a lot, and there were very big crowds (Mid-Autumn Festival weekend). We were slipping, and sliding, all day on the wet floors!!
The Meridian Gate.
The hall of Supreme Harmony.
Lots of Umbrellas
Imperial Roof Decorations – (or roof charms). At the tail of the procession is always an imperial dragon. At the head, is a man, riding on a Phoenix. In between, there are always an odd number of other mythical beasts.
Lunch time. We were freezing, and tired!!!
Bronze Lion – Guarding the Gate of Supreme Harmony
The Palace of Heavenly Purity.
Left, Bronze Crane – symbolises longevity.
Top Right, Bronze Turtle – symbolises luck.
Bottom Right, Incense burner – These imply stability and security of the power and state.
They would burn them during grand ceremonies to add a mysterious atmosphere.
Jiao Tai Dian
The name of this hall translates to “Hall of Union and Peace”. The words “Jiao Tai” come from The Book of Changes and mean the union of heaven and earth. Hence, Jiao Tai Hall is situated between Qian Qing Gong (Palace of Heavenly Purity) and Kun Ning Gong (Hall of Earthly Tranquility).
This is the entrance to the Imperial Garden. We wish that we could have spent more time in this area, however, the city was closing, so we didn’t have very much time.
A gilding kylin (the golden statue to the left) – symbolises the dignity of the rule of law.
Above are some of the garden’s ancient cypresses.
They not only decorate the garden, but they have implied meanings.
The Pavilion for Enjoying and Drinking Festivals.
In the distance, on the hill, is the three-story pavilion we climbed to, in Jingshan Park.
We enjoyed the Forbidden City, and we were sad that we couldn’t explore for a little longer!
This summer rainfall is a bit of a bummer on many days. It slows everyone down, makes the ground slippery, and the grey skies are not very uplifting.
We need a good old Beijing dinner to turn those frowns upside down!
Keep following to see what else we got up to in Beijing.