The Forbidden City

We entered The Forbidden City through the Meridian Gate off of Tiananmen Square. The Forbidden City served at the imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty in 1420 until the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is N immense property with over 900 buildings, all with gold roofs and wonderfully colorful and ornate detailing.

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20120616-170905.jpgOnce we entered the Meridian Gate, we were in the first of three large courtyards. This was part of the Outer Court and was used for ceremonial purposes.

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We moved into the Inner Court which is where the Emperor lived with the Empress, concubines, and eunuchs. No men were permitted in the Inner Court. The offspring of concubines (and maids for that matter) could become Emperors. Let us just say that the Emperor was a busy man.

20120616-193010.jpgThis image is of the gardens in the back of the Inner Court. The building with the balcony is where children were tutored.20120616-192349.jpg

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