Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Inside the Forbidden City

The Forbidden City was built in the 1400's and served as China's imperial palace. It is a huge complex of preserved wooden buildings and includes the largest wooden building in China. (As opposed to the Daibutsuden, or Great Buddha Hall in Nara that you may remember from my travels 3 years ago, which is supposedly the largest wooden structure in the world.)

We got there early, so it was crowded, but not crazy-crowded.

All of the stone details were beautiful and some of the paint had been restored. You can see in the pic below an restored section next to a repainted section.

We spent several hours wandering around the Forbidden City. The buildings were beautiful and we had a good time.


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