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Photo of the Day – A Forbidden Pillar – The Forbidden City – Beijing, ChinaOK, this pillar is not really “forbidden”, but it is located in The Forbidden City! The detail you see on this pillar hints at the incredible detail you will find throughout the Forbidden City. In the background you can see the classic pagoda style orange roofs that adorn the 9,999 rooms of the city. Finally, in the very back you can see Jingshan pagoda which sits atop a small hill next to the Forbidden City.
Photo of the Day – Roll With The Hills – Great Wall of China – Near Beijing, ChinaCould you imagine if modern roads were constructed similar to how the Chinese built the Great Wall? Today when a road is built, we dynamite through hills to create a relatively flat road. This makes sense for everyday driving, but wouldn’t it be really cool to have a few roads that rolled naturally with the hills. I’d have a blast flying in a Porsche down this section of the wall!
Photo of the Day – Inside The Forbidden City – Beijing, ChinaYou really don’t get a sense for just how massive The Forbidden City is until you get inside and start walking around. The palace is made up of close to a thousand buildings spread out over 700,000 square meters right in the heart Beijing. While it is very difficult to ascertain the largest palace in the world, by many measures there is not a more grand complex anywhere in the world!
Photo of the Day – Tai Chi with Swords at the Temple of Heaven – Beijing, ChinaThe Temple of Heaven is the most interesting people watching park in the world. It is full of couples dancing, individuals playing different games, and groups doing Tai Chi. With all of this in mind, I was a bit thrown off to see a group of middle-aged people wielding swords as they performed graceful Tai Chi routines.
This group would have been fantastic to have on your side in the middle ages.
Photo of the Day – Protective Lion at the Forbidden City – Beijing, ChinaThis ferocious lion is one of many that stands outside of the hundreds of buildings that make up the Forbidden City. These lions were very stereotypical to me prior to seeing them in person, but their mystique was still felt in person.
I wonder how many lions there are in the Forbidden City … hmmm.
Photo of the Day – The Great Wall of China Forever – Near Beijing, ChinaThe Great Wall of China is one of the World’s sites that you will never see all of (and I don’t count those photos from space! ). While hiking the Jinshangling to Simatai section of the wall, I had a similar view of what you see in today’s photo and this wall just goes and goes and goes. Even as I follow the wall in this photo, I am confused at which direction it goes at some points as it seems to double-back on itself. The Great Wall is fascinating and always will be to me as I know I’ll never see all of it.
Photo of the Day – The Temple of Heaven – Beijing, ChinaThe Temple of Heaven is located in the southeaster part of Beijing and contains several buildings and acres of park. The temple is striking with its traditional Taoist style and is very easy on the eyes with its circular nature. The temple is the center-piece for the park, but to be honest, I found the people watching much more interesting. The Temple of Heaven Park is certainly worth your time and there is no doubt that you’ll stumble upon this specific temple while you’re there.
Photo of the Day – The Never-Ending Forbidden City – Beijing, ChinaAs a pretty full-blown nerd, I must say that the symmetry of the Forbidden City (AbsoluteVisit #26) really makes me giddy. I mean look at how perfectly aligned each and every structure is! And it goes … forever! The Forbidden City was built in 1420 and is now a massive tourist attraction. With 980 buildings making up seemingly never-ending campus, there is plenty to see here.
During my time at the Forbidden City I was not all that impressed. But after touring the city, we stood among Jingshan Park where I snapped this photo and suddenly realized what I had just seen.
Photo of the Day – Chinese Red Beijing Boats – Ho Hai, Beijing, ChinaOn an extremely jam-packed 3-day tour of Beijing, we managed to have a bit of relaxation in the Ho Hai district of Beijing. This is a beautiful area that is centered around a lake that used to be a park for the emperors. Today, the lake is surrounded by loads of restaurants and bars and makes the perfect setting to take a load off after a full-day in Beijing.
Photo of the Day – Chinese Tango Parade – Temple of Heaven – Beijing, ChinaI’ve posted before about the fascinating local Chinese culture that you can observe on a visit to the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, China. On the same morning that I captured an elderly woman’s morning ritual, I also ran into a large group of Chinese locals parading down the street Tango Style!
An early morning visit to this park is an absolute must on your first trip to Beijing. Sure it isn’t as famous or impressive as the Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square or the Olympic Park, but I promise that your current impression of who the Chinese are will change forever after you feel the happy and relaxed atmosphere created by the thousands gathered in the park.