I just returned from an amazing week in China and a week in Korea, visiting my daughter and her boyfriend who are teaching English there.  I’d like to share some photos with you over the next few weeks.

Entrance to the Forbidden City

Our first stop was at the Forbidden City.  According to China Highlights,  ” The Forbidden City, situated in the very heart of Beijing, was home to 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The construction of the grand palace started in the fourth year of Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty (1406), and ended in 1420. In ancient times, the emperor claimed to be the son of Heaven, and therefore Heaven’s supreme power was bestowed upon him. The emperors’ residence on earth was built as a replica of the Purple Palace where God was thought to live in Heaven. Such a divine place was certainly forbidden to ordinary people and that is why the Forbidden City is so named.”

It’s hard to comprehend the sheer size of the place.  It goes for several miles and consists of over 90 buildings, not all of which are open to the public.  When I stepped into the first plaza, surrounded by palace buildings on all sides, tears came to my eyes.  As a child I always dreamed of traveling.  When those dreams come true, it is with a profound sense of wonderment and awe.

Roofs point upwards, toward heaven.


Everywhere we went in Beijing was packed with crowds.  The mass of humanity and the humidity were a little overwhelming, but eventually we found a covered pavilion, near the garden of the Forbidden City,  where I paused to sit on a bench in the shade and do some people watching.

Bronze Basin

Fire, in the Forbidden City, was always a problem (due to lightning strikes or arson), so there are many huge brass basins, used to collect rain water for use in case of fire.

(all photos by Hans J. Landig, copyright 8/10)

Next up:  The Great Wall of China!


10 thoughts on “Forbidden

  1. Wonderful pictures! I enjoyed reading about your visit to the Forbidden City. Hope you post more about your trip. Thank you for sharing this.


  2. I’m so excited to see the photos. Love the roofline shots, and that basin is amazing. I’m so glad you had a great time and I’m looking forward to seeing more!

    • Thanks, Jess. The basin picture is a close-up so you only see a small part of it. In actuality it was taller than I am. The lions are polished from everyone touching them.
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      (¸.♥ ~ Linda ~ ♥.´)
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    • My husband has a real eye for catching unusal views in the photography. He is very talented. Glad you enjoyed the post.

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      (¸.♥ ~ Linda ~ ♥.´)
      (.•¸.•*´¨) .*.♥ .•*)

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