Forbidden City

After visiting the Old Summer Palace on Monday, 6th June, I went to the hutongs with a Chinese English teacher on Tuesday, 7th June (see post). On Wednesday 8th, I finally took the opportunity to cross off another famous Beijing site – the Forbidden City. It was a bit smoggy that day, but quite interesting all the same.

The City itself is quite spread out – lots of open space within it. You pass through the Meridian Gate – the one with the picture of Mao above it – and you enter a courtyard. You can go up to the roof of this Gate, which I did, and took pictures of Tiananmen Square, which is across the road, and across the courtyard towards the Palace Museum.

When you cross the courtyard you enter the Gate of Supreme Harmony. You are then in the Palace Museum which is quite large and you could spend a long time pottering around, as I did. It was also very hot!

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