Forbidden City (Beijing)

I am not into being photographed. But there are some of these spots, where you want to be on the picture: Winning you first million with gambling in Vegas, taking your first spaceship-ride and standing in front of the forbidden city in Beijing. Especially with the massive Mao-Picture up front at the main gate.

I am not into being photographed. But there are some of these spots, where you want to be on the picture: Winning you first million with gambling in Vegas, taking your first spaceship-ride and standing in front of the forbidden city in Beijing. Especially with the massive Mao-Picture up front at the main gate. What seems so ridiculous is so cult on the other hand, that you just must love it. It is quite an ironic that the communists preserved the largest still existing palace, so after all they are maybe the most passionate royalists?

If it comes to Beijing the forbidden city must be the most attractive tourist attraction and the municipality must earns billions with the entry-fees. Because the are traditionally high for foreigners, small and medium for the locals. One thing is quite peculiar, though, If you are an Overseas Chinese and you have looks but not the lingo, you are also granted a discount. Well anyway. The have so much experience with the tourists that they hand out audio-guides with the voices of your national hero. For German you will get a dude, who is a famous adventurer. It is fun and I would hardly recommend to grap the audio-guide. Actually you should also take your tent with you, because the forbidden city is bigger than a medium seize town and you will hardly manage to see all the temples and palaces within one day.

There are more than 1000 buildings on 780.000 square meters. So you might sleep over, though I reckon the guards will have a different opinion on that. And even when you are so overwhelmed, funny enough the exhibits are just half of what the used to be. The other half was taking by the Kuomintang as the fled to Taiwan. The things that you will see are made from the most precious stones and woods. Over one million workers created this place in about 15 years, which I think is quite impressive.

The whole area is held in the style of the 15th century and very beautiful. Sometimes there are also playful elements such as fountains and bridges that make the ride more exciting. But I have to warn you, there is a certain danger that you will be fed up with the colonial Chinese style after you have seen so much.

You should better separately look for the things you are really interested in. For me it’s to late already. I don’t have to see the very next Chinese temple no more. I’d rather go to a karaoke-bar.

Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbidden_City

written by wil6ka on 2008-08-12 in #world #locations #culture #history #beijing

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