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Photo Essay: Beijing's Forbidden City Special

Beijing - For almost 500 years, the Forbidden City was the home of China's emperors and their households. A massive complex of grand halls, temples, courtyards, and gardens, this setting for China's impressive past will challenge the best walkers.

Photo Essay: Tour of Beijing Special

Beijing - After five months of teaching English in northeast China, I toured Beijing with a group of Chinese tourists and experienced the famous city's historic and modern wonders first-hand.

Forbidden City gets rid of Starbucks

Ancient culture and modern dreck just don’t mix. The all time tasteful entrepreneurial java joint has been booted out of the Forbidden City. That’s a bit like not having a McDonalds in the Sistine Chapel.
 

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People packed into an alley by the back gift shop
People packed into an alley by the back gift shop
Crossing the stone bridge above the moat that surrounds the Forbidden City
Crossing the stone bridge above the moat that surrounds the Forbidden City
Tourists leave Tiananmen Square to pass beneath the famous gate to the Forbidden City
Tourists leave Tiananmen Square to pass beneath the famous gate to the Forbidden City
A mother poses with her child in Beijing s Forbidden City
A mother poses with her child in Beijing's Forbidden City
Lucky bamboo in the Imperial Garden that lies beyond the Inner Court
Lucky bamboo in the Imperial Garden that lies beyond the Inner Court
A view from the Inner Court of the Forbidden City
A view from the Inner Court of the Forbidden City
Treasures inside a gift shop
Treasures inside a gift shop
The right side of the Inner Court
The right side of the Inner Court
Inside Beijing s Forbidden City
Inside Beijing's Forbidden City
More roof details in the Forbidden City
More roof details in the Forbidden City
A Chinese boy waves a peace sign
A Chinese boy waves a peace sign
People rest inside an Imperial Garden gazebo
People rest inside an Imperial Garden gazebo
A fierce lion statue in the Imperial Garden
A fierce lion statue in the Imperial Garden
A close look at symbolic roof statues
A close look at symbolic roof statues
Details on a roof inside the Forbidden City
Details on a roof inside the Forbidden City
People linger at the front of one of the royal buildings in the Forbidden City
People linger at the front of one of the royal buildings in the Forbidden City
Inside another royal hall
Inside another royal hall
The Empress Dowager Ci Xi s Summer Palace was always a royal garden  but it became the summer reside...
The Empress Dowager Ci Xi's Summer Palace was always a royal garden, but it became the summer residence of the Emperor and the royal family during the Qing Dynasty. Built by Quianlong from 1749 to 1764, the Summer Palace is mainly a park, much of which is taken up by Kunming Lake (James Gormley, June 2001).
Approaching The Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Outer Court
Approaching The Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Outer Court
Overview of the Inner Court
Overview of the Inner Court

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