After so many posting, I only reach my third day in Beijing today.
This morning, I have an appointment with tour-beijing dot com to visit a few places in Beijing. The package is called Tour B, which comprises of Forbidden City, Temple Of Heaven and Summer Palace which cost US$20.00 per head. And today's posting is only part of Tour B. I will post more photos on Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace on some other day.
This is a daily tour package which I have booked on-line before my departure. The tour price include:
1. Pick-up service from the hotel.
2. Air-conditioned tour bus.
3. Entrance tickets of the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace.
4. English Speaking Tour Guide.
Taken From Wikipedia:
The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. It is located in the middle of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost five centuries, it served as the home of the Emperor and his household, as well as the ceremonial and political centre of Chinese government.
Built from 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 surviving buildings with 8,707 bays of rooms and covers 720,000 square metres (7,800,000 square feet). The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.
Since 1925, the Forbidden City has been under the charge of the Palace Museum, whose extensive collection of artwork and artifacts were built upon the imperial collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Part of the museum's former collection is now located in the National Palace Museum in Taipei. Both museums descend from the same institution, but were split after the Chinese Civil War. For more click 'here'.
The weather was fine when we left our hotel. So I didn't bring along the umbrella which I brought along from Malaysia. Unfortunately, it started to rain when we arrive our destination. The disposable rain coat which I carried along (Made In China) was so fragile that it tear off before I can even put it on. As such I need to buy another umbrella which cost me RMB10.
Well it rain the whole day today..
The complex is really huge and I need I need half day to complete the tour. However, we skip many places and takes only two hours to finish the tour.
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