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Forbidden City, Beijing #travel

Forbidden City Roof

This is another photo taken in the Forbidden city, Beijing. The carvings and figures on the roof are amazing. The roof design allows people to see the figures easily and they add a decorative touch. The figures all have meanings, and they were only used on important buildings such as palaces, government buildings and temples.

Exploring the Forbidden City #travel

ForbiddenCity

This is me in the Forbidden City in Beijing. This previous imperial palace is now a large museum. We visited twice while we were in Beijing and spent hours wandering around the huge complex. Lots of color and beautiful buildings. Lots of people too, although we were early enough to avoid the worst of the crowds.

Summer Palace, Near Beijing

Summer Palace

The Summer Palace is a beautiful spot with statues, temples, ponds and gardens. Originally the domain of the royal family, the tranquil gardens are open to the public these days. A visitor needs plenty of time to explore and a good pair of walking shoes. This is a photo of Kumming Lake looking over to the Buddhist Temple.

Temple of Heaven

Temple of Heaven

This is the Temple of Heaven, which is set in the tranquil Temple of Heaven park in Beijing. I loved the vibrant colors of the temple and understand the buildings were repainted in honor of the Olympic games. In the actual park there were people enjoying the sunshine, playing board games such as chess and others selling trinkets to tourists. Our tour guide told us parents will often discuss their children and search for suitable marriage partners while meeting in the parks.