through gus' lenses

beijing: day 6 July 19, 2008

9th july 2008 – tiananmen square & forbidden city. the following description are taken from

located at the center of beijing city is tiananmen square, where you can visit tiananmen tower, monument to the people’s heroes, great hall of the people, mao zedong memorial hall and see the national flag raising ceremony. thousands of people come to the square every day. it is the must place to visit in beijing city. when they said thousands of people, they really mean it. it was super crowded!
five star red flag-the chinese national flag, flies high in the sky above the square. the present tiananmen square has an area of 440,000 square meters and has become a relaxing place for the common people to fly kites and walk. as you can see from this picture, the place was crowded. and my father focused on mao zedong’s face rather than mine.

quick, hide the bombing device!

forbidden city, called gu gong in chinese, was the imperial palace during the ming and qing dynasties. now known as the palace museum, it is to the north of tiananmen square.

opposite the tiananmen gate, to the north is the gate of divine might (shenwumen), which faces jingshan park.

the forbidden city is divided into two parts. the southern section, or the outer court was where the emperor exercised his supreme power over the nation. the northern section, or the inner court was where he lived with his royal family. kind of like the sanctuary of God in the ancient days – outer court, inner court, and the holy of holies.


ancient chinese people displayed their very considerable skills in building the forbidden city. take the grand red city wall for example. it has an 8.6 meters wide base reducing to 6.66 meters wide at the top. the angular shape of the wall totally frustrates attempts to climb it. the bricks were made from white lime and glutinous rice while the cement is made from glutinous rice and egg whites. these incredible materials make the wall extraordinarily strong. hmm… i wonder if the walls are edible?
nowadays, the forbidden city, or the palace museum is open to tourists from home and abroad. splendid painted decoration on these royal architectural wonders, the grand and deluxe halls, with their surprisingly magnificent treasures will certainly satisfy ‘modern civilians’, like the one pictured above.

now, where’s my umbrella?

love this detail on the wall…
in the olden days, water was placed in these bronze…erm… containers, so that if there is fire, they could put it out immediately.
sorry, can’t read chinese.
i love all the details…
the hall looks pretty similar. don’t they have interior designers back then?
longest stone carving in the whole of forbidden city.
check out her hairband.
in all the halls, there were consistently four (4) urns/vessels/burners placed before the seat/throne. no idea why though. any thoughts?

children and adults alike were throwing coins into this burner. notice a single coin stuck near the bottom of the “S”-shaped thing?
amazing city. would love to explore this place again. hopefully at a slower pace…

2 Responses to “beijing: day 6”

  1. S h a M © Says:

    I know!!!! Those urns are the emporer’s treasure stash. When they are hungry, or got bored, they get their eunuch to bring food/sweets/tidbits from inside the urns for them. *hiak hiak hiak hiak*

  2. sun, sea & sand lover Says:

    if you were the empress, i’ll undoubtedly know what’s stored in those 4 urns. *winks*

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