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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-05-06 17:16
Subject: [photos] Forbidden City
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Some photos of our visit to the Forbidden City.

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The south entrance, facing Tiananmen Square

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The crowd to pass within. The vast majority of tourists visiting were Chinese.

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Looking back at the entrance from within.

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The doors within the gateway passages are typically decorated with large brass studs. People touch these for luck.

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Monks visiting the Forbidden City.

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Details of roof tiles. These are modern copies of older work, in place as part of restoration.

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The painting of the undersides of the roofs. Typical for porticoes, porches, entrances and passageways. Note difference between restored and unrestored.

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Another detail. Note the characters on the right are Manchu rather than Mandarin.

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An unrestored sign in Mandarin and Manchu. This is from the Dowager Empress' compound. The Imperial Telephone Exchange was in the same compound.

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Brass dogs on the side of one of the water vats. This is the height of 15th century firefighting technology. These vats are about eight feet in diameter and six feet deep, and line many of the courtyards as reservoirs for fire control use.

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Art and architectural detail around the Forbidden City.

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A vista towards the stupa over by Beihai. Note the dragons on the roof in the middle distance.

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A courtyard near the northern end of the Forbidden City.

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A single 30-ton slab carved in imperial motifs.

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The bureau of natural sciences.

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the_child and Cindy, our Beijing guide.

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Dad.

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the_child.

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The view out the north gate, toward Coal Hill.

As usual, more at the Flickr set.

© 2009, Joseph E. Lake Jr.; some photos © 2009, B. Lake


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Originally published at jlake.com.

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angiereedgarner
User: angiereedgarner
Date: 2009-05-07 03:28 (UTC)
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Lovely, thank you!
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sheelangig
User: sheelangig
Date: 2009-05-07 05:00 (UTC)
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May I steal, crop and use the stone flower? (nothing commercial, just icon type stuff)
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2009-05-07 12:10 (UTC)
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Of course! All photos are CC license, but I just realized I've been forgetting to include the bug. Also, if you go back to the photoset on Flickr and look about 3/4 of the way through, there's severl in that same series.
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Paul Weimer
User: princejvstin
Date: 2009-05-07 09:28 (UTC)
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Great stuff, Jay!

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Chris McKitterick: telescope monkey
User: mckitterick
Date: 2009-05-07 16:34 (UTC)
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Keyword:telescope monkey
Beautiful shots, thank you so much for sharing! Gosh, now you've given me the bug to visit....
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