Wednesday, February 03, 2010

The Forbidden City, Bejing, China

The Forbidden City is an immense place, full of grandeur - literally a city within a city, and when I stood in the middle of it, I could easily imagine what it must've been like when filled with light and color and music.

Below is a closeup of a dragon detailed in metal.


The city is full of interconnecting staircases and bridges - like the ones you can see in the shot below, and in the one at the top of this post.


The large central square.


And finally a gorgeous section of roof detail that may be familiar...


I hope you enjoyed this small glimpse of the Forbidden City! If you're ever able to visit, I would utterly recommend it.

9 comments :

The Queen B said...

So gorgeous!

limecello said...

Awesome pictures, Nalini! So pretty.
I'm disgustingly jealous.

Also I'm struck with the urge to do some googling - some films picture the square, etc.

And! Happy release day! :D

Jessica W. (Book Bound) said...

I am so jealous that you have been here and so many other places!!!

I hope to travel to Asia for year. This would definitely be one of the places that I would visit. It's stunning.

Madhura said...

Those are some beautiful pics Nalini. So jealous. :)

Iman said...

Nice one Nari Chan remind me our great trip.

Manders said...

I was able to visit Beijing and the Forbidden City in April of last year. It and the Great Wall are magical! I love the sense of history places like these contain.

I think you and I took some of the same pictures :)

Ami said...

I went to Forbidden City last year in September. It's as gorgeous here in your picture as I remember it

orannia said...

Thank you Nalini! Fantastic photos. I love the roof detail, and what they represent.

For those of you who have visited the Forbidden City, did you hire the commentary? Roger Moore? Did you perchance keep hearing the James Bond theme music in your head, or was that just me? *grin*

Maria Ferrer said...

Wonderful photos. It's amazing how similar the Chinese and the Japanese palaces are. I was in Tokyo at the Imperial Palace and the similarities are revealing. And if anyone is interested, the Terra Cotta Warriors of China's 1st Emperor are on display in Washington DC at the National Geographic Museum. There are 15 soldiers with horses, carriages, animals, etc. It is a wonderful exhibit. Thanks again, Nalini, for the photos....and the books. :D