The Forbidden City

The huge palace, completed in 1420, is a complex of buildings. Inner courts, outer courts, western  and eastern palaces and gardens are enclosed by walls that kept 24 empererors separated from the common people. It is hard to show in photos how large the area is.

The detail and painting is amazing.

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The days before we arrived were national holidays. We were lucky to see the short-lived floral displays.

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Does the drawing look like Mike? The man who drew was trying hard to sell it to Mike.

A military presence is everywhere, soldiers and policemen. But as the photo of the young guards on their cell phones, kids are the same everywhere!

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