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... stop was the Forbidden City, which was the imperial palace for twenty-four emperors during the Ming and Qing dynasties. We are getting a bit 'ancient city' weary, but it was still mighty impressive as it is the world's largest palace complex and covers 74 hectares. It is also surrounded by a 52-meter-wide moat and a 10-meter-high wall housing more than 8,700 rooms.
After the Forbidden City we ambled back ...
... given the time difference we both woke briefly in the night but generally slept quite well and lay in a long time. We set of for a general wander about a 11 am and returned 6 hours later having spent too much of the day on our feet! We probably walked a fair few kilometres as well. The day was meant to be a gentle exploration. We passed along the edge of Tian'amen Square where China Day celebrations had or were about to happen and up to the ...
... but given the volume of tourists is understandable, but it would have been nice to see some of the rooms and living conditions. Given that the Emperor was only overthrown in 1911, it would have been great to have seen more life-related artefacts... A gap we felt throughout our time visiting places of historical interest in China. However, the scale, the beauty and the history ochre Forbidden City makes it well worth the visit. From there we visited a Hutong section of ...
... late January and mid February. The year of the dragon is ending, making way for the year of the snake. The dragon is seen as the most powerful sign where important things happen in dragon years (like getting married & moving to Beijing perhaps?!?!), each sign comes around once every 12 years. The snake is also important, and the Chinese call the snake a ‘little dragon’ (it’s said that the dragon fell from the sky and became a snake). The ...
... day JETLAG reared its ugly head and we woke up quite a lot later than we had planned on. Still, it was nice to have a lie in and we managed to do some touristy stuff anyway. The Yonghe Temple, which is called the Lama temple, was just a five minute walk from the apartment, so we had an afternoon stroll of the grounds, taking in the the beautiful artwork, statues and architecture. The weather was a lot better this day, clear sunny skies ...