9999.5 rooms and halls, 720,000 square meters and the home of 24 emperors
(plus wifes, concubines and eunuches) during the Ming and Qing dynasties.
Possibly even bigger than Bill Gates'
"Roger" on the left talked us into letting him be our guide at the forbidden
city. We each paid him around $4 for about 2
At first I saw this guy and though "Oh no! They have leaf blowers!". In reality,
he was spraying the ground with something - probably weed
A lion guardian. This is the male lion which has a pomegranate (a symbol
of power) under its paw. The female on the other side has a lion
Work force? Military?
I can't remember what this
Animals decorate the roof tops. (I can't remember what these
A huge single piece of stone weighing more than 200 tons that was moved many
miles during the winter by digging wells to produce ice
Crowds? What Crowds?
Dragons, the symbol of the emperor and China. This is also where you get
your cute orange plastic overshoes. "Roger" said the reason for them was
to make more money but at about 12 cents per pair, I doubt it. The large
size barely fit the smallest of our American feet. Flap, Flap,
Just a random bit of detail