...are we there yet? :) Yep, the Forbidden City.
|The original pavers are up top.|
|The pots were to hold water to fight fires.|
|K-Man got the biggest kick out of this dragon with the turtle shell.|
|Good luck to rub the pot.|
|I just thought that this "moat" inside the compound was too cool.|
|When it comes to the sun, I agree with the Chinese but I'd rather buy |
the big, ugly hat as tote the umbrella.
As we got closer to the actual living quarters of the Emperor, the gold coloring on the roof and walls had been redone with real gold. It was incredible. (I'm planning on watching “The Last Emperor” as Nancy said that they made an exact replica of the Forbidden City to film it.)
I just love the textures of these next few:
Finally, the actual living quarters of the Emperor and the Empress and whichever concubine was chosen for the night:
But wait! Where do the Emperor and the concubines and the eunuchs and etc go if they can't go outside the palace walls? The garden of course! (This place was unbelievable!)
The Imperial Garden:
|Oh, my! There's an artist in the garden.|
(Check out his shoes!)
|If you know me at all, then you know I had to buy one.|
|This is the actual building in my painting.|
Finally, the end and we head out.
|Okay, so I wasn't exactly 6 feet away but I was quick and I was sly.|
I never held the camera up to my face and I never stopped walking.
Here's what it looked like from the street:
Shew!!! What a day! I'm tired, already.
Except that it's only lunch time.