To the east of the Great Wall at Ba Da Ling and 70 kilometers from the city is this restored section of the Great Wall. This ... More
To the east of the Great Wall at Ba Da Ling and 70 kilometers from the city is this restored section of the Great Wall. This three-kilometer stretch has 25 beacon towers, watch towers and lodging houses. Historically, the construction here required the largest number of laborers to construct and produced work of extremely high quality. It requires a more rigorous climb than Ba Da Ling, but the views are more striking and there are cable cars to take visitors to the top and the option of an exhilarating toboggan ride back down.
It is an impressive and interesting palace. Our guide taught us a lot of things. Each gates and halls have different names and functions. We spent time counting how many animals are there on the edge of the roof. The number differ in each roof until you reached the center of the Palace or the Hall of Supreme Harmony where they are complete. Each time we see a dragon, we counted the "fingers" of its claw as it represents the Emperor or Power.
The two trees with entwining branches at the entrance of the Imperial Garden has a sad love story behind it as it was related to us by the tour giude.
The best time to visit this place is a month or two before the 2008 Olympics when the renovations are completed.
We went the week of July 17, 2006. It was an awesome experience, just like history being brought to life! Suggest a tour guide so that you can appreciate and understand the full history of this experience.
The forbidden city is a great place to visit and I have been there twice. Both times that I have went different parts of it has been under construction. So I have never been able to see it in its true form. Everytime I hae just seen signs saying sorry for the inconvenience and lots of bamboo. This past time what trully made it worthwhile was Starbucks. There was just too much construction so there wasn't much to see for a place that is supposed to be so grand and famous.
It was so beautiful, its really hard to describe. I would definitely recommend you to go. The colors were so beautiful, the people there were so nice. It has a wonderful atmosphere and you feel at peace when you are there. It is a wonderful place to just get away from all the drama of your everyday life.
The histroy that surrounds the place is quite interesting and not to mention ancient. This I would not dwell into. The Forbidden city is quite impressive in terms of its massive buidlings, grounds and open spaces.
There quite a few artifacts from the Ming and Qing dynasty that are displayed. Many of these include jade vases, carvings and warrior outfits.
Its a good long walk through these Forbidden walls. So be prepared with your sneakers and something to drink.
If you are planning on going before they host the Olympics, expect to be greatly disappointed. Their is major construction going on inside the F. City. Green screens cover most of the city. Scaffold was everywhere. We did buy a 1.50 US dollar DVD of the City so we could bring it home to watch. Be sure to take a picture of you infront of "Starbucks" inside the the F. City!! Wait till after the Olympics. Really the whole city would be best to visit after the Olympics!!
the forbidden city is a collection of really beautiful traditional chinese buildings that used to be the royal palace in beijing. it's sort of amazing to walk around in there--it's such a different feel from the castles and palaces in europe. it really does feel like you are in another world. tons of beautiful picture ops (although it can get quite crowded inside).
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