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A Forbidden Pillar – The Forbidden City – Beijing, China

 

Photo of the Day – A Forbidden Pillar – The Forbidden City – Beijing, China

OK, 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.

A Forbidden Pillar - The Forbidden City - Beijing, China
 

Inside The Forbidden City – Beijing, China

 

Photo of the Day – Inside The Forbidden City – Beijing, China

You 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!

Inside The Forbidden City - Beijing, China
 

Protective Lion at the Forbidden City – Beijing, China

 

Photo of the Day – Protective Lion at the Forbidden City – Beijing, China

This 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.

Protective Lion at the Forbidden City - Beijing, China
 

The Never-Ending Forbidden City – Beijing, China

 

Photo of the Day – The Never-Ending Forbidden City – Beijing, China

As 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.

The Never-Ending Forbidden City - Beijing, China
 
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