China Photos: The Forbidden City & Tian'anmen Square

    "Also called the Palace Museum, the complex was first begun in 1406. It took as many as a million laborers and 100,000 artisans to complete the first version of the city in 1420.
    The total area of the Forbidden City is 183 acres. Altogether there are 9,999 1/2 rooms in the City and some of them are converted into museums of art works collected by the Forbidden City."
-Beijing Official Guide, May 2002, page 12

Impressively preserved imperial city

Amazing effort and care were put into every detail

This used to be a swimming pool


One end of the old city opens up to the famous square

Almost all of us in the square

More photos from China:
The Great Wall
The Forbidden City & Tiannamen Square
The Zoo
The Kids
Amazing Acrobatics

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