30 September 2010. Beijing.
For 1 RMB each, we took the bus from the Temple of Heaven to the Forbidden City. Famished from all that walking at the Temple of Heaven, we satisfied ourselves with noodles in a cup at an eatery located at the entrance of the Forbidden City.
This was one Beijing attraction that I savored from the grandest to the littlest detail. According to my limited readings, the Forbidden City is divided into two parts: the southern section, or the Outer Court was where the emperor exercised his power over the nation; the northern section, or the Inner Court was where he lived with his royal family. Due mainly to weariness, we were not able to visit all of the temples in the City, and appreciate what they were there for. Forbidden City felt all crouching tiger hidden dragon to me, with its spacious courtyard and imposing temples. Few pictures were taken of the place; once you’ve seen one temple, you’ve seen them all. We just enjoyed the moment that we were in Forbidden City.
Images of Forbidden City: