China 2006 - Beijing Forbidden City
This was my first trip to Beijing, so of course one has to visit the Forbidden City - the old Emperor's Palace that is truly gigantic, covering 10 million square feet with 800 buildings and 8,000 rooms. Palaces have been on this site for at least 600 years - construction of what you see today started in 1420. I was quite sick this day, so the pictures are not as varied as I'd like and I never found the Starbucks inside.
The most famous view - of the main gate with the picture of Mao.
Another view of the same gate entrance
Well guarded by the military
Throngs of people pass beneath Mao
Inside the gate - not very crowded !
One of the main buildings inside, guarding the main square
The other side - a portion of the main square
Elaborate corner building - note the detail
More elaborate buildings
The famous Tiananmen Square - I was too sick to walk over there, so better pictures will have to wait until next time
The royal throne
Fire is a constant threat, so these huge cauldrons are all over - they used to be filled with water to fight fire
Old military uniforms in museums inside the compound
Today's People's Liberation Army standing guard
Fast food ! I was not feeling well, but I'm sure this was the worst food on Earth, with days-old noodles and rice!